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Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by chemobrain, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. chemobrain

    chemobrain Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Nov 5, 2016
    oakland ca.

  2. Kingpin

    Kingpin Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Here
    The King of Texas Swing. My band plays several of their tunes--very challenging! There were some great musicians in that band.

    AaaaahhhHaaaaaa.....
     
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  3. Dan R

    Dan R Friend of Leo's

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    Mar 17, 2003
    Charleston, SC
    Bob Wills is still the King.
     
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  4. slauson slim

    slauson slim Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    By The Levee
    Check out the Tiffany Transcriptions.
     

  5. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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  6. Shidoin

    Shidoin Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Jan 7, 2009
    Ventura CA
    I’ve said it here before, and I’ll say it again now. BW&TTP were the greatest band America ever produced. No other band can match them for # of hits, longevity, and range of material.
    Big second on the Tiffany Transcriptions; American music done right.
    Long live the king!
     

  7. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jul 2, 2015
    PNW USA
    Funny, just a couple days ago I downloaded some Bob Wills/Texas Playboys backing tracks for fun & practice. He's one of my all-time faves. I've given some thought to forming a Western Swing band as a fun side project. Meanwhile, I love jamming with the tunes.
     

  8. tery

    tery Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Sep 21, 2012
    Tennessee
    He was country when country wasn't cool .
     

  9. brenn

    brenn Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 8, 2013
    Kentucky
    I think he was country when country was cool. Now is when country isn't cool.

    I always loved the Texas Playboys theme
     
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  10. Slim

    Slim Tele-Holic

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    Apr 11, 2003
    Fayetteville, AR
    Thanks for posting. You're always too young to marry.
     

  11. coloradojeff

    coloradojeff Tele-Meister

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    Colorado
    Bob Wills is still the King! Amazing musicians in that band...and rarely any three chord wonder songs...
     

  12. PRW94

    PRW94 TDPRI Member

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    Jun 17, 2011
    Gadsden, Alabama
    The Tiffany Transcriptions is arguably the greatest set of genre-defying American music ever cut.
     

  13. Teleguy61

    Teleguy61 Tele-Afflicted

    I love Bob Wills' music. We are all deeply indebted to Merle Haggard for its national re-exposure in the 70s.
    Bob's band was a fiddle based Texas dance hall band, playing the Texas-Oklahoma circuit. To expand his appeal, to widen his audience, he adopted the sounds of the popular swing bands of his time-Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey. He liked hot soloists, and it so happened that his hot soloists liked Charlie Christian, and Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, etc. When he said, "Take it", he liked it when they ran with the ball, because his audience liked it too. He was not threatened by a hot take-off guitar solo.
    2/4 swing, which is what his music is, is a very danceable rhythm, and it is super fun to play.

    I had the honor to meet Tiny Moore once, while attending a clinic he gave. A wonderful player, and a wonderful man, with wonderful reminiscences about the guys he had worked with.
     

  14. Silent Otto

    Silent Otto Tele-Meister

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    3rd rock

  15. paratus

    paratus Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

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    Michigan
    Roly Poly - Eatin' corn and taters!
     
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