Bob Wills

Bob Wills
Aliases
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Bob Wills and His Texas Play Boys
Bob Wills and His Western Swing Band
Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys
Bob Wills Texas Playboys
Real name
James Robert Wills
Born
March 6, 1905
Died
May 13, 1975
Country
United States
IPI
00033017527
00063707380
00063787054
Comments
One of the originators of Western swing and legendary bandleader. Wills was often referred to as the "King of Western Swing".
Member of
The Light Crust Doughboys
Family
Luke Wills Brother
Johnnie Lee Wills Brother
Billy Jack Wills Brother
Related
Tommy Duncan Singer of The Texas Playboys
Leon Rausch Vocalist for Bob Wills' Texas Playboys from 1958 into the early-1960s
Johnny Gimble With a break of about two years, member of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys from the late-1940s into the early 1960s
Sleepy Johnson Member of the Texas Playboys
Bob Wills' Original Texas Playboys
Leon McAuliffe Steel guitarist with The Texas Playboys from 1935 to 1942.
Eldon Shamblin Guitarist and arranger for Bob Wills' Texas Playboys
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Originals

Title Performer Release date Covered by
December 1949 (2 artists)
December 1940 (6 artists)
December 8, 1947 (14 artists)
January 1942 (9 artists)
February 1948 (2 artists)
March 8, 1948 (23 artists)
May 1949 (5 artists)
February 1942 (15 artists)
September 1950 (95 artists)
May 1974 (2 artists)
July 1943 (15 artists)
April 1942 (3 artists)
February 1942 (8 artists)
September 1954 (2 artists)
April 27, 1948 (6 artists)
January 1950 (3 artists)
May 23, 1949 (6 artists)
July 1943 (8 artists)
January 1943 (4 artists)
May 15, 1942 (4 artists)
September 1956 (37 artists)
December 1935 The Hot Club of Cowtown
May 15, 1942 Willie Nelson / Merle Haggard / Ray Price
March 1946 (25 artists)
May 26, 1947 (6 artists)
April 1939 (142 artists)
January 1950 Johnny Legend
September 1945 (10 artists)
May 1952 (2 artists)
June 1936 Pee Wee King and His Band
October 1946 (19 artists)
October 12, 1948 (4 artists)
April 7, 1947 (12 artists)
March 1941 (16 artists)
August 1940 (3 artists)
April 1955 (2 artists)
July 5, 1948 (2 artists)
February 1951 (7 artists)
October 6, 1947 (7 artists)
January 27, 1947 (5 artists)
September 1949 (6 artists)
March 8, 1948 (6 artists)
August 1940 (27 artists)
August 1941 Cindy Cashdollar with Herb Remington
July 1944 Billy Western
January 1943 (3 artists)
May 1945 (9 artists)
June 1940 Ray Price
May 23, 1949 Skeets McDonald

Covers by Bob Wills

Title Performer Release date Originally by
October 1966 Hoyle Nix's West Texas Cowboys
May 1968 Woody Herman accompanied by The Four Chips
1985 Marion Harris
August 1938 Emma Carus
1977 Dinah Shore
June 1937 George J. Gaskin, The Knickerbocker Quartet
November 1936 Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra
August 1939 Smith's Garage Fiddle Band
July 1937 Bessie Smith - Fletcher Henderson at the Piano
January 1940 Casa Loma Orchestra, Geo. Hall and The Hotel Taft Orch. - Vocal refrain by Loretta Lee
1973 Jimmie Rodgers [US1]
April 7, 1947 Kokomo Arnold
Covered by (5 artists)
January 1968 Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra
October 1939 Willie & Eugene Howard
January 1968 Jimmy Wakely and His Rough Riders
December 1941 Charlie McCoy and Bo Chatman
July 1937 Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy
December 1939 Charlie Poole accomp. by The North Carolina Ramblers
June 1938 Jimmie Rodgers [US1]
December 1936 Frankie Half Pint Jaxon
October 1935 Western Wanderers
August 1938 Jimmie Rodgers [US1]
February 1937 Tuskegee Institute Singers, (unknown)
November 1941 Gene Krupa and His Orchestra
February 1945 Foy Willing and His Riders of the Purple Sage
April 1936 Marion Harris
August 1936 Aida Ward and Willard McLean
October 1946 Roy Rogers with Morton Scott and His Orchestra
October 1939 Fiddlin' Powers and Family
1986 Charles Mitchell and His Orchestra
September 1937 Jay C. Flippen
November 1938 Ladd's Black Aces
June 1967 Harlan Howard
October 1966 Little Willie Littlefield
Kaua i ka huahua'i Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 1990 Unverified
July 1938 "Boodle It" Wiggins
December 6, 1948 The Peerless Quartet
December 1956 Billy Jack Wills and His Western Swing Band
June 1968 Gertrude Lawrence and Jack Buchanan
February 1938 Marek i Vacek
Covered by (26 artists)
November 1935 International Novelty Orchestra
1969 Kokomo Arnold
1973 Jimmie Rodgers [US1]
August 1961 Jimmie Rodgers [US1]
November 1938 Mark Andrews [US1], Henry Halstead and His Orchestra
My Gal Sal Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 1987 Unverified
1969 Jimmie Davis
October 1939 Fats Waller and His Rhythm
August 1940 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Covered by (85 artists)
December 1964 Asher and Rodeheaver
1969 Ted Daffan's Texans
December 1938 Walter Catlett
June 1957 Standard Quartette, Ted Weems & His Orchestra
November 27, 2011 Jack Guthrie and His Oklahomans
September 1936 Adelaide Hall
1958 Russel Wise and Mr. White, Roy Hall and His Blue Ridge Entertainers
1969 Leon McAuliffe and His Western Swing Band
March 1940 Gene Rogers
January 1968 Burl Ives
February 1937 Markel's Orchestra
September 1937 Earl Hines and His Orchestra
June 1968 Johnny Preston
October 26, 1948 A.C. (Eck) Robertson
1969 Spade Cooley and His Orchestra
January 1937 Nichols Brothers
February 1955 The Moonglow's
February 1936 Mississippi Sheiks
1969 Pee Wee King and His Golden West Cowboys
November 1936 (unknown)
February 1945 Red Foley
June 1968 Billy Cotton and His Band
December 1936 Sylvester Weaver
Covered by (42 artists)
October 1935 Prince's Band
December 1936 Leona Williams and Her Dixie Band
Take the "A" Train Bob Wills and His Texas Play Boys 1984 Unverified
1969 Memphis Minnie
April 19, 1948 Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy and His Guitar
1985 Stuart Hamblen and His Covered Wagon Jubilee
August 1939 Wayne King and His Orchestra
July 1952 Carolina Cotton
January 1938 Hollywood Dance Orchestra [Nathan Glantz]
November 1936 Thelma La Vizzo
January 1937 Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie
Covered by (4 artists)
July 1963 Carter Family
July 1939 Harry Reser's Syncopators
April 29, 2014 Da Costa Woltz‘s Southern Broadcasters
October 1966 Gene Autry

Songs written by Bob Wills

Original songs

Title Written by Originally by Original date Covered by
A King Without a Queen Bob Wills, Martha Dean Moore, John Wills Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys December 1949 Covered by (2 artists)
Big Beaver Bob Wills Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys December 1940 Covered by (6 artists)
Bubbles in My Beer Cindy Walker, Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys December 8, 1947 Covered by (14 artists)
Closed for Repairs Bob Wills, Brad Browne Bob Wills and His Texas Play Boys February 1948 Covered by (2 artists)
Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age Cindy Walker, Bob Wills Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys May 1949 Covered by (5 artists)
Faded Love Bob Wills, Johnnie Lee Wills Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys September 1950 Covered by (95 artists)
I Knew the Moment I Lost You Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys April 1942 Covered by (3 artists)
I'm Thru Wastin' Time on You Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan, Ekko Whelan Tommy Duncan and His Western All Stars February 1949 Covered by Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition
Keeper of My Heart Bob Wills, Jerry Irby Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys April 27, 1948 Covered by (6 artists)
Misery Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan, Tiny Moore Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys May 23, 1949 Covered by (6 artists)
My Confession Bob Wills Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys January 1943 Covered by (4 artists)
My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You Bob Wills, Lee Ross Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys September 1956 Covered by (37 artists)
Osage Stomp Bob Wills Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys December 1935 Covered by The Hot Club of Cowtown
San Antonio Rose Bob Wills Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys April 1939 Covered by (142 artists)
She's Gone Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys January 1950 Covered by Johnny Legend
Spanish Two Step Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys June 1936 Covered by Pee Wee King and His Band
Stay a Little Longer Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys October 1946 Covered by (19 artists)
Sugar Moon Cindy Walker, Bob Wills Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys April 7, 1947 Covered by (12 artists)
Take Me Back to Tulsa Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys March 1941 Covered by (16 artists)
That Brownskin Gal Bob Wills Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys August 1940 Covered by (3 artists)
The End of the Line Bob Wills, Johnny Gimble Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys February 1951 Covered by (7 artists)
This Is Southland Bob Wills, Les "Carrot-Top" Anderson, Rudy Fischer Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys March 8, 1948 Covered by (6 artists)

Adapted songs

Title Written by Originals Originally by Covered by
Brain Cloudy Blues Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan Milk Cow Blues Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Covered by (5 artists)
Maiden's Prayer Bob Wills The Maiden's Prayer, Modlitwa dziewicy Op.4 Covered by (16 artists)
New San Antonio Rose Bob Wills San Antonio Rose Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Covered by (85 artists)
The Maiden's Prayer Bob Wills Modlitwa dziewicy Op.4 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Covered by (26 artists)
What's the Matter with the Mill? Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan What's the Matter with the Mill? Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Covered by (4 artists)

Releases

Albums

Title Performer Release date Label
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 1958 Decca
Bob Wills Keepsake Album #1 Bob Wills December 1964 Longhorn Records
Bob Wills Plays the Greatest String Band Hits Bob Wills 1969 Kapp Records
Bob Wills Sings and Plays Bob Wills July 1963 Liberty
For the Last Time Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys May 1974 United Artists Records
From the Heart of Texas Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys featuring Leon Rausch October 1966 Kapp Records
Here's That Man Again Bob Wills January 1968 Kapp Records
Mr. Words & Mr. Music Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan with The Texas Playboys August 1961 Liberty
Rare California Airshots 1945-1946 Bob Wills November 27, 2011 Country Routes
Riding Your Way - The Lost Transcriptions for Tiffany Music 1946-1947 Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys April 29, 2014 Real Gone Music
San Antonio Rose - The Tiffany Transcriptions Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 1977 Lariat Records
Take Me Back to Tulsa Bob Wills & Tommy Duncan 1985 Delta Records
The Bob Wills Anthology Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 1973 Columbia
The Tiffany Transcriptions Vol. 4 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 1985 Kaleidoscope Records
The Tiffany Transcriptions Vol. 5 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 1986 Kaleidoscope Records
Time Changes Everything Bob Wills June 1968 Kapp Records

Singles

Title Performer Release date Label
Across the Alley from the Alamo Bob Wills May 1968 Kapp Records
Alexander's Ragtime Band Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys August 1938 Vocalion
Back Home Again in Indiana Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys June 1937 Vocalion
Beaumont Rag Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys August 1939 Vocalion
Blackout Blues Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys October 26, 1948 MGM
Black Rider Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys June 1938 Vocalion
Blue Prelude Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys January 1940 Vocalion
Bubbles in My Beer Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys December 8, 1947 MGM
Cherokee Maiden Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys January 1942 OKeh
Closed for Repairs Bob Wills and His Texas Play Boys February 1948 MGM
Corrine Corrina Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys December 1941 OKeh
Dedicated to You Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys July 1937 Vocalion
Deep Water Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys March 8, 1948 Columbia
Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys May 1949 MGM
Don't Let the Deal Go Down Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys December 1939 Vocalion
Dusty Skies Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys February 1942 OKeh
Faded Love Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys September 1950 MGM
Get Along Home Cindy Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys February 1937 Vocalion
Good Old Oklahoma Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys November 1935 Vocalion
Got a Letter from My Kid Today Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys November 1941 Conqueror
Home in San Antone Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys July 1943 OKeh
I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me) Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys April 1936 Vocalion
I Can't Give You Anything But Love Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys August 1936 Vocalion
Ida Red Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys October 1939 Vocalion
Ida Red Likes the Boogie Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys December 1949 MGM
I'm All Alone Bob Wills and Carolina Cotton with The Texas Playboys July 1952 MGM
It's the Bottle Talking Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys December 1956 Decca
Keeper of My Heart Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys April 27, 1948 MGM
Keep Knocking Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys July 1938 Vocalion
Let Me Call You Sweetheart (I'm in Love with You) Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys December 6, 1948 Columbia
Liberty Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys October 6, 1947 Columbia
Looking over my Shoulder Bob Wills and His Western Swing Band June 1967 Kapp Records
Maiden's Prayer Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys February 1938 Vocalion
Mean Woman with Green Eyes Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys January 1950 MGM
Misery Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys May 23, 1949 Columbia
Moonlight and Roses Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys November 1938 Vocalion
My Confession Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys January 1943 OKeh
My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys September 1956 Decca
My Window Faces the South Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys October 1939 Vocalion
New San Antonio Rose Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys August 1940 OKeh
New Spanish Two Step Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys March 1946 Columbia
Oh, Lady Be Good Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys December 1938 Vocalion
Oh Monah! Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys June 1957 Decca
Oh! You Pretty Woman Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys April 1942 OKeh
Oklahoma Rag Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys September 1936 Vocalion
Osage Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys December 1935 Vocalion
Playboy Stomp Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys January 1938 Vocalion
Please Don't Leave Me Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys May 15, 1942 Columbia
Please Don't Leave Me Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys June 1942 OKeh
Pray for the Lights to Go Out Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys March 1940 Vocalion
Red Hot Gal of Mine Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys November 1936 Vocalion
Rose of Old Pawnee Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys May 26, 1947 Columbia
Rosetta Bob Wills and His Texas Play Boys September 1937 Vocalion
San Antonio Rose Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys April 1939 Vocalion
She's Killing Me Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys January 1937 Vocalion
Silver Bells Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys July 1939 Vocalion
Sincerely Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys February 1955 Decca
Sitting on Top of the World Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys February 1936 Vocalion
Smith's Reel Bob Wills and Sleepy Johnson November 1936 Melotone
Smoke on the Water Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys February 1945 OKeh
Snatchin' and Grabbin' Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys May 1952 MGM
Spanish Two Step Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys June 1936 Vocalion
Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys May 1945 OKeh
Stay a Little Longer Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys October 1946 Columbia
Steel Guitar Rag Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys December 1936 Vocalion
Still Water Runs the Deepest Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys October 12, 1948 MGM
St. Louis Blues Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys October 1935 Vocalion
St. Louis Blues (Bob Wills' Version) Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys September 1954 MGM
Sugar Blues Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys December 1936 Vocalion
Sugar Moon Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys April 7, 1947 Columbia
Take Me Back to Tulsa Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys March 1941 OKeh
Texarkana Baby Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys April 19, 1948 Columbia
Texas Playboy Rag Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys September 1945 Columbia
The Boston Fancy Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys April 1955 Decca
The Devil Ain't Lazy Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys July 5, 1948 Columbia
The End of the Line Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys February 1951 MGM
There's a Big Rock in the Road Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys January 27, 1947 Columbia
There's Going to Be a Party (For the Old Folks) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys December 1940 OKeh
The Warm Red Wine Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys September 1949 MGM
Time Changes Everything Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys August 1940 OKeh
Trouble in Mind Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys November 1936 Vocalion
Twin Guitar Special Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys August 1941 OKeh
We Might as Well Forget It Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys July 1944 OKeh
You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care) Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys June 1940 Vocalion

Tributes

Title Performer Release date Label
A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (or, My Salute to Bob Wills) Merle Haggard and The Strangers November 16, 1970 Capitol Records
Buddy Emmons Sings Bob Wills Buddy Emmons 1976 Flying Fish
George Jones Sings Bob Wills George Jones December 1962 United Artists Records
Ray Price Sings San Antonio Rose - A Tribute to the Great Bob Wills Ray Price May 1962 Columbia
Ride with Bob Asleep at the Wheel August 10, 1999 Dreamworks Records
Still the King - Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys Asleep at the Wheel March 3, 2015 Bismeaux Records
Swingin' With Bob Billy Parker 1996 Sims Records
The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills The Pine Valley Cosmonauts September 8, 1998 Bloodshot Records
Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys Asleep at the Wheel November 2, 1993 Liberty
What Makes Bob Holler The Hot Club of Cowtown October 18, 2010 Proper American Recordings

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