Bob Wills

The King of Western Swing

 

 
  Bob Wills, referred to as "the best damn fiddle player in the world," by Merle Haggard, the legendary band leader and composer from Turkey, TX. Wills became the "King of Western Swing" with his combination of New Orleans jazz, blues, and folk fiddle music. He and his band, the Texas Playboys, swept the country off its feet with favorites like "San Antonio Rose," "Faded Love," and "Take Me Back to Tulsa." Wills was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and is the only performer, other than Gene Autry, to have been voted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. His popularity escalated in the early forties when he and his band made more than a dozen cowboy movies. Bob Wills died on May 13, 1975, but, his musical influence lives on in today's country music.  

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