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. ...
The TexasPlayboys 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 TexasPlayboys expanded and contracted like an accordion over the years, according to Wills’ desires and the whims of the market.
At one point the TexasPlayboys were 22 pieces strong, although the band more typically numbered between 9 and 18 members.
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 TexasPlayboys 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 TexasPlayboys and is one of the few recordings that captures all of their eclectic talents intact.
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