King of Western Swing [JSP]

King of Western Swing [JSP]

by Bob Wills and His Texas PlayboysBob Wills and His Texas Playboys


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JSP's outstanding four-CD Bob Wills anthology consists of 100 classic Western swing performances recorded between September 1935 and April 1940 in Dallas, Fort Worth, Chicago, and Saginaw. Almost all of these 78-rpm records came out under the name of the Texas Playboys; the only exceptions are two fiddle and guitar duets by Bob Wills and Sleepy Johnson and a pair of early ditties by the Fort Worth Doughboys. This is most tantalizing, as Wills, always a capable fiddler and an exuberant vocalist, also worked for a while with the original Light Crust Doughboys, a fun little outfit whose earliest recordings have yet to be comprehensively reissued. JSP has done with Bob Wills what it does with every artist deemed worthy of such a rigorous retrospective. The well-chosen, carefully remastered recordings are laid out in chronological order and complete discographical information is enclosed, along with informative liner notes in the form of an extended biographical essay appended with a small but useful bibliography. This wonderfully uplifting music is a natural byproduct of mingling cultural currents during the years immediately preceding the Second World War. Change was literally in the air, and phonograph records and radio were the media that accelerated new developments and encouraged cross-pollination. Bob Wills listened to recordings by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Leroy Carr, Fats Waller, and Bessie Smith. He became inspired by Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Earl Hines, James P. Johnson, Jimmie Lunceford, and Lionel Hampton. Wills heard live big-band broadcasts originating hundreds of miles away and began combining stylistic tropes that were unmixable according to entrenched bigoted social convention. Wills created a hybrid genre using Afro-American jazz and blues and his own home-grown brand of Western country music, beautifully tempered with melodies he learned from the Mexican population in Texas. Western swing cut through all kinds of socially imposed racial and ethnic delineations. It was also very entertaining, and still is. Anyone interested in this genre should seriously consider obtaining and absorbing JSP's well-researched and refreshingly affordable Bob Wills collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2007
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065777029
catalogNumber: 7770
Rank: 84760


Disc 1

  1. Sunbonnet Sue
  2. Nancy Jane
  3. Osage Stomp
  4. Get with It
  5. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  6. Spanish Two Step
  7. Maiden's Prayer
  8. Wang Wang Blues
  9. St. Louis Blues
  10. Good Old Oklahoma
  11. Blue River
  12. Mexicali Rose
  13. I Ain't Got Nobody
  14. Never No More Blues
  15. Who Walks in When I Walk Out
  16. Old Fashioned Love
  17. Oklahoma Rag
  18. Black and Blue Rag
  19. Sittin' on Top of the World
  20. Four or Five Times
  21. I Can't Be Satisfied
  22. Smith's Reel
  23. Harmony
  24. She's Killing Me
  25. Weary of the Same Old Stuff

Disc 2

  1. No Matter How She Done It
  2. Bluin' the Blues
  3. Steel Guitar Rag
  4. Get Along Home Cindy
  5. Trouble in Mind
  6. What's the Matter with the Mill
  7. Sugar Blues
  8. Basin Street Blues
  9. Red Hot Gal of Mine
  10. Too Busy
  11. Back Home Again in Indiana
  12. Fan It
  13. Mean Mama Blues
  14. Bring It on Down to My House
  15. Right or Wrong
  16. Swing Blues #1
  17. Swing Blues #2
  18. White Heat
  19. Dedicated to You
  20. Playboy Stomp
  21. Steel Guitar Stomp
  22. Rosetta
  23. Bleeding Hearted Blues
  24. Tie Me to Your Apron Strings Again
  25. Never No More Hard Times Blues

Disc 3

  1. Sunbonnet Sue
  2. The New St. Louis Blues
  3. I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas
  4. Oozlin' Daddy Blues
  5. Black Rider
  6. Everybody Does It in Hawaii
  7. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  8. Blue Prelude
  9. Sophisticated Hula
  10. Pray for the Lights to Go Out
  11. Gambling Polka Dot Blues
  12. Keep Knocking (But You Can't Come In)
  13. Loveless Love
  14. Oh, Lady Be Good
  15. Way Down Upon the Swanee River
  16. Oh You Beautiful Doll
  17. Moonlight and Roses (Bring Mem'ries of You)
  18. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
  19. Tulsa Stomp
  20. Empty Bed Blues
  21. Little Red Head
  22. San Antonio Rose
  23. Little Girl, Go Ask Your Mama
  24. Carolina in the Morning
  25. The Convict and the Rose

Disc 4

  1. Silver Bells
  2. Dreamy Eyes Waltz
  3. Beaumont Rag
  4. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  5. If I Could Bring Back My Buddy
  6. Whoa Babe
  7. Ida Red
  8. Yearning (Just for You)
  9. I Wonder If You Feel the Way I Do
  10. Prosperity Special
  11. Drunkard's Blues
  12. You're Okay
  13. Liza Pull Down the Shades
  14. That's What I Like 'Bout the South
  15. My Window Faces the South
  16. The Waltz You Saved for Me
  17. Don't Let the Deal Go Down
  18. You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care)
  19. No Wonder
  20. Lone Star Rag
  21. There's Going to Be a Party (For the Old Folks)
  22. I Don't Lov'a Nobody
  23. That Brownskin Gal
  24. Corrine Corrina
  25. Let Me Call You Sweetheart (I'm in Love with You)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,yodeling
Johnnie Lee Wills   Vocals,Tenor Banjo
Leon McAuliffe   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Milton Brown   Vocals
Herman Arnspiger   Guitar
Jesse Ashlock   Fiddle,Vocals
William E. Dacus   Drums
Ray DeGeer   Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Duncan   Vocals,yodeling
Robert McNally   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Eldon Shamblin   Guitar
Everett Stover   Trumpet
Stricklin   Piano
Derwood Brown   Guitar
Ruth McMaster   Fiddle
Joe Ferguson   Vocals,String Bass
Clifton "Sleepy" Johnson   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Tenor)
Thomas Elmer "Tommy" Duncan   Vocals,yodeling
Alton Meeks "Al" Stricklin   Piano
Arthur D "Art" Haynes   Fiddle,Trombone
Thomas C. "Son" Lansford   String Bass
Charles Laughton   Clarinet,Trumpet,Saxophone
Thomas Elmer 'Tommy' Duncan   Tenor Saxophone
Robert 'Zeb' McNally   Alto Saxophone
Everett Stover   Trumpet
William E. 'Smokey' Dacus   Drums
Clifford 'Sleepy' Johnson   Guitar
Alton Meeks 'Al' Stricklin   Piano
Ruth McMaster   Fiddle
C.G. 'Sleepy' Johnson   Guitar (Tenor)
William Leon McAuliffe   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Vocal Effect
Pat Harrison   Liner Notes
Lee "Brownie" Brown   Author

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