Bob Wills and His Texas Playboy Band ...

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From time to time, maybe even often, folks post links to music artists. And that's quite okay with me.

I have become somewhat enamored with Bob Wills, the King of Western Swing, and just tonight I found a video of a later performance by him on Austin City Limits.

He and the other musicians were having a tremendous time.



...and a much earlier recording from the forties







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Not Waylon, but still...........


Or, Waylon....

 

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I never saw him in person, but remember many radio broadcasts on which he played. His numbers were muy popular back "in the day." Alsso at the movies they played short "videos" of the group. This between the feature and news reels.

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Ah yes. My grandmother used to tune in KFJZ (Fort Worth am station) and listen to old broadcasts of Bob Wills' band, and its predecessor - The Light Crust Doughboys. She babysat my sister and me in the early 50s while mom and dad were at work, at their 3-acre plot in Dallas just south of the Trinity River. I'd listen to it in her back yard while she washed clothes on the old wringer-washing machine, then hung them up on the clothesline to dry. It was an "every morning" affair. My great grandparents lived in a couple of 500 sf shacks out back, and they'd occasionally sit with me in lawn chairs to listen to the radio. Great memories.
 
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"Crazy" as sung by Patsy Cline was, as recently as the late 1990s, the most played song on juke boxes. Willie Nelson wrote the song in about 1960. Cline recorded it in 1961 after being persuaded to do so by Willie himself. Cline's recording was backed by Floyd Cramer on piano and the Jordanaires (Elvis' singers for many of his early recordings), among others.

I like her version best. But Willie's own version is second best. I've heard him sing it many times - the first time at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin and soon thereafter at Austin's Town Lake festival. These were events during 1973-1974. For many years thereafter, Willie would sing this as his signature first set song, and later as his first encore.
 
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