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The Texas Playboys were a Western Swing band, long led by Bob Wills, and considered by many to be the definitive progenitor of that musical genre. Western swing, also known as Country Swing, is dance music with an up-tempo beat and a decidedly Southwestern US regional flavor. ... James Robert (Bob) Wills ( March 6, 1905 - May 13, 1975) was an American country musician and songwriter. ...


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Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1226 words)
The Texas Playboys always had fine singers like Tommy Duncan and Leon McAuliffe, and Wills punctuated the tunes with jive talking, falsetto asides and cries of “ah-ha!” He’d call out soloists by name and instrument, good-naturedly goading them on to rollicking performances.
In terms of personnel, the Texas Playboys expanded and contracted like an accordion over the years, according to Wills’ desires and the whims of the market.
At one point the Texas Playboys were 22 pieces strong, although the band more typically numbered between 9 and 18 members.
Western Swing (2872 words)
Beginning in the country dance halls of Texas and Oklahoma, an infectious combination of country, cowboy, polka, and folk music was blended with "swing" to create a variation played by so-called "hot string bands," which would later come to be known as "Western Swing."
Nevertheless, the Texas Playboys made a number of transcriptions in '46 and '47, and these are the only recordings of the band playing extended jams.
Available in nine individual volumes, every disc of the Tiffany Transcriptions illustrates the depth and breadth of the Texas Playboys and is one of the few recordings that captures all of their eclectic talents intact.
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