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Date:
September 24, 2003

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My compliments on your great web site. I bookmarked it for future reference. I grew up in on a ranch in West Texas back in the fifties, about 100 miles southwest of Turkey and we used to listen to radio just to hear Bob Wills. My first wife was Tommy Duncan's cousin. Thanks, Zearl Clark


Date:
September 24, 2003

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It was just time for a Bob Wills and his Texas Playboy web site. Thank you for this work. An old Bob Wills and Texas Playboy Fan from Switzerland


Date:
September 24, 2003

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I'm very glad that I found this site dedicated to Bob Wills. I'm a member of bluegrass & hillbilly boogie music band called the New Section from Czech Republic and we're playing a few songs by Bob Wills. Best regards, Mark


Date:
September 24, 2003

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I'm from Houston,TX and my friends and I love Bob Wills. Roger Creager does some great remakes of some of Bob's songs!! Keep up the great work on the site!


Date:
September 27, 2003

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A great website honoring the man and the music that saved many lives during the depressing times of the 1930's and 40's.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Robert, Thanx so much for this wonderful site dedicated to Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys! It is awesome! Have made some great friends here with you, Steve, Cowboy Joe, Tom and others and looking forward to meeting more. It's so nice of you to put this up on the web, not to mention generous. See y'all!! Buddy


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Once again I say the web site-discussion page is great and much enjoyed. Thanks to Robert. Enjoy getting input-comments from Paul, Buddy, others on Bob Wills and various Playboys!! Steve


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Great site!! Best thing since WESTERN SWING MONTHLY came to life. Discussion Group is a dream come true! Duke & Cindy Gilleland, Belton Texas


Date:
September 28, 2003

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We at KCLW-AM-900 in Hamilton, Texas, play Bob Wills extensively during our program day; but even more so on my show "Martin In The Morning" from 6A to 9A CST. Open your browser type KCLW and a site will become available to listen. http://users.htcomp.net/kclw/ In our library we have over 60 songs from the 30's, the Tiffany Transcriptions and many more. Give a listen. Chuck Martin


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Robert, Thank you for putting my dads biography and photos on this web site and helping Blub live on.Glenn Rhees Jr. Atascadero California.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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hi my name is cody lambert i am 14 years old and beleive it or not Tagg(Gene) Lambert was my great uncle. E-mail me any more information or pictures if you have any questions please E-mail me I would love to hear from you. carlcjcs@aol.com or mlambcosmo@webtv.net


Date:
September 28, 2003

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This site is really good! I love Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys...I was raised on his music! I'm only 22 and many older people wonder how I know about his music. My parents did a great job and me and my buddies love to dance to W.S.! Kyla Snyder West Texas


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Robert, congratulations on a great web site. I'll put it in the next issue. Jesse Austin Morris The Western Swing Journal tiffanytra@aol.com


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Great Site I enjoy it very much! Steve Bagsby


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I'm pleased to find this site! My dad raised me to be a true Wills fan. He and I went to the Wills' Days in Turkey several times and I've heard just about everything Bob recorded. Dad has a very complete collection, including a large number of original 78s. Eldon Shamblin and Jr. Barnard are my guitar heroes 'tho I'm a long, long way from being able to play much of their stuff. It's great to have a place to discuss it all!


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I've been tellin' folks about this site since glenn rhees jr. told me. when word gets out, it'll be like surfin' the net. there won't be any end. b.w. fans have a place to come together, without leaving the farm. good job ! ----H-----


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Very Nice, it's really great to read all the discussion posts about bob and the t/p's. I'm from western canada, and love all the history and tidbits to discover. Ah-ha... #1 canadian fan...


Date:
September 28, 2003

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The picture you have of my Papaw is great. He was so cute. I miss him and love him very much. Thanks for putting this site together. Brooke Holley


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Was pleased to find your site. I'm sure that I will learn a lot just following the discussions and look forward to posting a question now and then. Mike Schor, Mansfield Center, Connecticut


Date:
September 28, 2003

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As an Aussie fan, it's great to see a web site dedicated to Western Swing. I have been a fan since the early 1980s when my boss lent me the Asleep At The Wheel album "Fathers and Sons". I am still learning more thanks to sites like yours.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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This is a great site. I was just idling around on the web and found this. Steve England, Austin Texas, Steel player and columist for Western Swing Monthly


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Tommy Duncan grave is located in Merced California. I saw something on your website asking for playboy grave site locations. I am the niece of Tommy Duncan. He is buried next to my Mother and Father Jerri Hansen jwh1954@yahoo.com


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Was Stationed in Amarillo Texas AFB. USAF. during the 50's, we worshipped 3 Beings God, Christ and Bob Wills. Mr. Wills and The Playboys were the 'epitome' of their profession and no one will ever surpass their achievements in "Western Swing." I never liked to pick favorites but 'Frog' and 'Leon' were at the top of my list. Best Wishes. Jerry Vandiver Emerson, Georgia.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I sincerely appreciate those who have cared enough to keep such a wonderful part of history alive. Bob Wills and his music have played such an important role in music and I hope our youth take the opportunity to benefit from your books and web site. I want to say I am proud of my uncle, H.Ed Hurt, for his book about Bob Wills. Sincerely, Derrick Bidleman


Date:
September 28, 2003

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My family bought a 13 acre piece of land from Bob Wills (family) in 1972. The house was old and my family was remodeling. In the process of knocking down a wall, we found a violin (fiddle) in the wall. It must have belonged to Bob Wills family. Still have it !!!! BLOCK16@aol.com VERY NICE SITE


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Good site devoted to a great musical legend. I'm from Tyler, Texas and Bob Wills' music will always hold a special place in the hearts of the people of the piney woods of East Texas. It can still be heard on radio stations out here, and I've found that there are many young fans of his music. Keep up the good work.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Hi everyone my name is Sydney Soard and Luke Wills is my Great Grandfather. This site gave me a lot of information that i didn't already know about my beloved grandfather! Thank you for keeping the music alive.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Howdy, My name is Courtney and my great uncle, Jesse Ashlock, was a Texas Playboy. He played the fiddle and boy was he great. I'm 22, so I never had the opportunity to meet him but the stories of him and all the fond memories that my grandfather has of his brother will always be with our entire family. Its great to see this website and to know that their music is still loved!!!


Date:
September 28, 2003

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DEAR SIR. THE WEB SITE ON BOB WILLS AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE THE BEST TO SAY THE LEAST. I AM A FAN OF BOB WILLS. I JUST WISH THERE WAS WESTERN SWING MUSIC ON RADIO TODAY. THANKS MARLIN GRISHAM 123 WILDWOOD D. RIPLEY MISS. 38663


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Hello. This has to be the best site I have seen in years. Frankie McWhorter's son Larry is married to my daughter Andrea and that union produced a granddaughter to add to my collection. Larry has a photo of her taken at Ruidoso sitting on Eldon Shamblin's lap. His last performance. You might say I am hooked on Wills and all his playboys and I know most of the ones who are still living. B.F. Froggy Worden Past President-Cowtown Society of Western Music froggyw@aol.com


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I am from west texas. I went and seen bob wills in turkey, just a year or two before he passed away. he sure did a lot for texas music, and also my wife's uncle (Gene Crownover) use to play for him.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Glad I got connected to this special site. Will be looking forward to additions and will help with some bit and pieces that I can add later. Keep Swinging - Billy Byrd - Edmond


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Love to read everything there is about ANY person who was ever a member of Texas Playboys. My favorites, though, are those of the first line-up, Eldon Shamblin, Leon, etc. and I would really like to, for instance, see more pictures of those guys. Man, they were the best! I play in a Western Swing-band myself, called "Clayfeet Stompers". Visit us at MP3.com. Kenneth


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I'M A BIG FAN OF OL BOB AND THE PLAYBOYS, ALSO A FAN OF HOYLE NIX AND THE WEST TEXAS PLAYBOYS, NOW SINCE HOYLE'S DEATH KNOWN AS JODY NIX AND THE TEXAS COWBOYS. I THINK YOUR WEBSITE IS GREAT, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. WESTERN SWING FOREVER!!!! CHEROKEE TONY STARR


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Am so thrilled to find this site!!! I am the granddaughter of Vernon Holley - Joe's brother. My mother Audrey was Vernon's only child. I grew up listening to "uncle Joe's band", never really knowing the incredible story and 'famous' status of Joe until my late teens. I enjoyed the site and learned some things. For Brooke: please drop me a line. It would be great to talk with you!! Becca SOUTHFORTY@zianet.com


Date:
September 28, 2003

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As a resident of Minnesota, we don't get to hear much about Bob Wills or western swing. I am very interested in the early influences on Wills, such as country blues, medicine show music, etc. Have a very large record collection, and when I get tired of hearing them (rarely) I really love your website. James A. Baumhofer, St. Paul, MN


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Fantastic web site. You should include a Bob Wills discography. Keep up the wonderful work. Altogether boys....ahh, now. Al


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I knew Jack Rider. Could you please send me more information about him by emailing it to sydneygossard@hotmail.com Thanx a bunch the website is sweet!


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Glad to add know of your site. I own the motion picture and television rights to the Bob Wills life story from the Wills estate and from the publishers of the definitive biography "San Antonio Rose". Best, Dwight Adair


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Nice website. I am from teXas and grew up listening to Bob's music and many other western swing bands. An uncle-in-law of mine, Cameron Hill, played with Bob beginning in '43, not post-war member as another reader stated. Cameron & Jimmy Wyble were the original twin guitarists for Bob who paid for their matching Epiphone Emperor guitars with consecutive serial numbers. Cameron was allowed to keep his after he left Bob to go on with Spade Cooley and many others. This guitar is now owned by my cousin, K.L. Wheeler, in TeXas, who inherited it from his father, western swing/jazz guitarist E.B. Wheeler, brother-in-law of Cameron Hill, who inherited it when Cameron passed away. I would like to see more biographical info on Hill/Wyble as they were the most daring, influential and unbelievably talented guitarists Bob ever had. Together they invented the original intro and dual twin guitar lead runs on "Roly Poly" and many other tunes. Wyble is still living and teaches jazz guitar in California. Jimmy later went on after swing days to play with Red Norvo & Frank Sinatra among others. I am proud to be part of this family of musicians that came from TeXas and helped Bob become the legend he still is. My cousin and I have many pics of Bob & Playboys and other bands both Cameron & Jimmy Wyble played with during those years. Many fine musicians from TeXas in those days. A gentleman, the great swing/jazz violinist named Buddy Ray also played with Bob for awhile and went on to become a motion picture musician in many movies. Buddy now lives in N.E. TeXas and still plays now and then. Keep up the good work and thanks for allowing me the opportunity to state my thoughts. Good luck with the site and continued success. R W Carter cold88s@hotmail.com


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Robert, Even though I had checked out other parts of your website and contributed to your Discussion Group, I had not read the comments in your Guest List. How very interesting! Once again, I want to tell you how much I appreciate the efforts you have made to develop and keep this site going. You are to be applauded! I also appreciate your publishing info (and great comments) on my book "The King of Western Swing: Bob Wills Remembered." I would like to hear from many of the people who have written to your Guest List. I can be contacted at rosetta@caprock-spur.com. Thank you, Robert! Rosetta Wills, second child of Bob Wills


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Wonderful historical site with an abundance of great information. I knew Harley Huggins in his later years. I was a young man who played the bass guitar for our church and Harley was one of the members. He was very supportive of young musicians and taught me quite a bit as I was learning to play. I visited him at home a few times, and let me tell you... he loved to talk about his days with Bob Wills. He showed me movie stills and other momentos of his days living a very different life. At the time (mid to late 70's), I didn't have a clue what it meant to be a Texas Playboy. I do now and I am forever appreciative of my friendship with Harley. He sang many times at our church. He had such a distinctive voice that I can still hear it today. I'm sure he is singing today in the angel's choir. RJ rojones123@yahoo.com


Date:
September 28, 2003

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In this year of 2003, and age 57 I find Bob Wills music very pongent to me. My grand father was a huge fan, never failed to play "Stay a Little Longer" for me when I was 3. It brings tears to my eyes. Billy Ray Chambers


Date:
September 28, 2003

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It was a pleasure to visit the Bob Wills Museum in Turkey, Texas. Just the right kind of place - - plenty of exhibits but not too fancy. Thanks, Baz and Joan


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Just Surfed In To your Web Page, And I Truly Enjoyed It. I Never Realized It Until Recently, But Bob Wills was Born In The same Town As My Grandparents:Kosse,Texas. I Discovered The Music Of Bob Wills Right About The Time He Met His Untimely Death In 1975. That's Also When I Discovered Asleep At The Wheel, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and "Austin City Limits" in 1975. Also, If Any Western Swing Fans Are Traveling West Between Houston And San Antonio, Get Off I-10 In Columbus And Take Old Highway 90 West Until You Get To Flatonia And Spend The Night In The Palace Courts Motel. One Of The Rooms Is Where Bob Stayed The Night In 1968 After Playing A Dance In Nearby Moulton. The More I Listen To what Passes for "Country Music" These Days, Makes me wish Bob Wills Was Still Alive And Well And Leading The Texas Playboys! Given The Choice, I'd Much Rather Hear "Steel Guitar Rag" or "Across The Alley from The Alamo" than The same Old Slick Cutesy Pie Malarkey From Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Alabama, EtAl.!I Saw Hank Thompson In Concert Two Years Ago, And With A Couple Of Minor Exceptions, He Sounded Just As Good As He Did Forty Years Ago! He was Very Friendly Both On And Off Stage. It's A Sad Day When Most People Know More About The Lyrics To Shania Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much" And Call It Country, Than Know "Wild Side Of Life" or "Your Cheatin' Heart' or "Faded Love"! But That's My Opinion, I Could Be wrong. Thank You.John T.Patterson,Temple,Texas.Email:elkabong59@mail.com


Date:
September 28, 2003

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tonite is "me at home listening to bob wills night" its like a national holiday aaahhh kelso!


Date:
September 28, 2003

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hi! my name is leslie trullinger and my grandfather was with bob wills as probably one of his early band members. my grandfather was eldon carl "ted" outz. he remembered playing with bob on radio in amarillo, then in oklahoma. he was from weatherford, oklahoma. sorry to say grandpa passed on in 1968. would like to know if there are possibly any photos from the early times. would truly appreciate that. i'm from gothenburg, nebraska. could anyone help with any further info. My e-mail is lesliet@alltel.net thanks leslie trullinger


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Robert, After working with Barry Doss for the past year I am quite impressed with this sight. Barry remembers the old days in great detail and some of the stories will knock your socks off. Brian Carlson Mina Nevada


Date:
September 28, 2003

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i love this web site, i wished all the country music would go back to being real but there will be no greater sound than bob wills. my name is cindy and i am from washington state.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I've recently acquired some Texas Playboy music. I'm dying to know who the voice is that flips out those little voiceovers while the boys are playing. Anybody know? fred.t.houska@boeing.com


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I loved this web site. I am Noel Boggs' youngest daughter, Debbie Boggs. I am currently living in Syria of all places for a couple more months. I decided to check up on web sites and found this one. The pictures are like many I have. I loved this music and so many of the names are familiar. I can remember Hank Penny or Jimmy Wyble waking me up from a nap while rehearsing at our house in Downey, California. Thanks for a nice walk down memory lane. Debbie Boggs


Date:
September 28, 2003

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MANY THANKS TO WHOMEVER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS SITE. MY NAME IS BEN BLANTON IN DENISON TEXAS. JUST FINISHED READING THE BIO ON SKEETER ELKIN, PIANO PLAYER FOR BOB WILLS [KING OF EVERYTHING]. SKEETER AND I WERE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS ALMOST FROM BIRTH THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. WE WERE INSEPARABLE FROM BIRTH THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL WHEN WORLD WAR TWO BROKE UP MANY FRIENDSHIPS. I WISH THE BIO HAD TOUCHED ON SKEETER'S PERSONAL LIFE AS WELL AS MUSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS SINCE HE IS A FRIEND'S FRIEND. A GREAT PAL TO GO THROUGH LIFE WITH AND WE ARE BOTH NOW IN OUR 80TH YEAR AS THE BEST OF FRIENDS. GOD BLESS YOU SKEETER AND THE MEMORY OF BOB WILLS. KEEP POUNDING THAT IVORY, SKEET. BEN BLANTON, DENISON, TEXAS


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Kev....great job...;.I am sure the rest of the family will appreciate this as much as I do. All these years I knew Cameron and Becky were good musicians but until now not to this extent. Keep up the great work and take care.....your cuz Terry in Italy.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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KEVIN; I LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR HELPING OTHERS TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO MIGHT BE FORGOTTEN, MANY WHO NEVER MADE IT BIG ALSO PLAYED A BIG PART IN THOSE WHO DID MAKE IT. MANY ARE JUST FORGOTTEN OR NEVER WAS MENTIONED IN THEIR CAREERS. BUT I FEEL NOW THAT WE ALL MAY FIND THOSE WHO WERE FORGOTTEN, MIGHT GET ANOTHER CHANCE TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE POPULAR ONES WERE THERE, CAUSE OTHERS HAD A BIG DESIRE ALSO TO BE THERE. GOOD SIGHT, KEEP GOING. GERALD ARMSTRONG.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Howdy, My name is Doug Robertson, I have really enjoyed this site. Actually saw a "rare" appearance of the band in Nov-Dec 1996 in Hondo, Tx. while stationed in San Antonio (USAF). I believe I have a relative Jones side of the family, (mother) who I met in Amarillo (once, when I was 18) in 1975,76 who was in the band in the 50's. Of course I don't remember his name, dang it. I believe he had a recording studio in Amarillo during the 70's.. Thanks again for this rare treat! Best Wishes, Doug Robertson Gainesville, Fl (Austin, TX)


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Hi, my name is Rusty. I think your website is really great. I haven't had a chance to see all of it yet , but I will. I'm from Plantersville Texas and I'm a country drummer. Definitely putting you in my favorites list.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I am looking for information on a man named Gene Evens. He was my great grandfather. He use to tell stories of being the session bassist for Bob Wills. If you can help me that would be great. My e-mail is farmercjp@hotmail.com


Date:
September 28, 2003

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As a long time lover of Bob Wills, I thank you for establishing a web-site in his memory. I would sure like to know where to buy the videotapes from the Playboys appearances on Austin City Limits. Donald L. Hicks Box 341322 Memphis, TN 38184-1322


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I just discovered this site. "It's great!!" I Love Bob Wills music and, all the men who helped Bob make the music. Thanks for creating this wonderful place to go on the Internet. Dugg Collins AM 1070-THE RANCH Wichita, Kansas


Date:
September 28, 2003

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My name is Cheryl Standlee Short. My Grandfather, Herman Standlee, and his brother, Clarence, and J.D. Standlee all played with Leon Selph and the Texas Playboys. I am looking for any pictures or information that anyone may have. Everything was lost in a fire when my Father (Herman Standlee, Jr.) was young. No one seems to have any information or pictures except Mr. K. Wheeler. He has been a tremendous help, directing me to this web-site for instance. PLEASE, any help would be greatly appreciated. THANKS. standlee@alltel.net


Date:
September 28, 2003

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You have a great web site. I didn't get to meet Leon McAuliffe until the summer of 1988 at a chili cookoff in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but I was a big fan of Leon and the Texas Playboys. I later became personally acquainted with Gene Gasaway and other Playboys such as Bobby Koefer, Clarence Cagle, Curly Lewis, Tommy Perkins, Benny Garcia and Leon Rausch. The chili cookoff where I met Leon (and got his autograph on a 78rpm record of Panhandle Rag) was his last public performance. He went directly back to the hospital in Tulsa where he passed away two months and two days later. My name is James N. Riddle and my main e-mail address is: riddle8@hotmail.com A backup e-mail address is: riddle2ar@yahoo.com


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Great site! Sites like this help us remember not only giants from the past, but how they influenced the present. Bob was a giant for all time and his influence will continue to be felt forever. There's no doubt about it, "Bob Wills is still the king." Thanks for this site. Don Ide


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Wisconsinite..............just love the music of Bob wills and the Texas Playboys. Found a couple of cassette tapes at a flea market not long ago, somebody introduces A.J Alexander and the Texas Playboys and taped in 1995 Couple other guys singing too......the voices are ok..but the orchestration is fantastic. Love the sound, always have, always will. Thanks for the happy moments you bring.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I really enjoyed this site. If anyone has any pictures or recordings of Kenny Norman playing steel with the Playboys, I'd love to pay you for copies. Thanks, Kenny's daughter, Lori Norman Wieder. normall@okstate.edu


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I just saw a program on PBS this evening entitled Asleep at the Wheel: The making of Ride with Bob. My uncle, Danny Alguire (trumpet, coronet), was with Bob Wills band for a short time. I was a kid at the time and remember them playing at the Trianon Ballroom in Oklahoma City, must have been in the years just following WWII. After leaving Bob Wills, Danny played for several years with the Firehouse Five Plus Two in Los Angeles. If any of you knew him, I would like to hear from you. jkentc1999@yahoo.com


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September 28, 2003

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My name is Sharon and I am the granddaughter of Lessie Lyle from Vidor, Tx. Does the name Buddy Duhon mean anything? Cliff Bruner was the first one to record one of my grandmother's songs. This is all from the Beaumont, Texas area. I have a poem, that my grandmother wrote when Buddy Duhon drowned, and it was read over the airwaves.. This is where it all began with her. Please, leave some feedback on this. I'm trying to figure out which way to go with this. I would like to get in touch with the family of Buddy Duhon. Is there any help you might can offer? Thanks for your time. Sharon


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September 28, 2003

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Found this site this morning and will likely be paying a visit again and again. Very few people know about Bob Wills in Scotland or the UK as he never gets played on the radio. Hopefully this website may just open peoples eyes and ears to the music of Bob Wills. Fiona tomany Isle of Cumbrae Scotland


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Having grown up with Bob Will's music, I appreciate your website. I was influenced by Leon McAuliffe to learn the steel guitar. I played in country bands off and on for over 40 years, but dang it—Bob never did call me. Harry Marlin Brownwood, Texas pilgrim@web-access.net


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Beautiful site! I grew up listening to this music and seeing the pictures and reading about the band gives me some insight into what my Dad had grown up with knowing these gentlemen - they gathered at the Auston's home next door to Dad and he would lay on the front porch listening to the guys play . . .


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September 28, 2003

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Hi, my name is Chad Fengel, and I am currently studying music under a guy named, Paul Hamilton. Paul was a student of Eldon Shamblin, so that's why I'm writing here. I'd like to find out more about Eldon, any info would be appreciated, Thanks. Chad fngrstyl@abingdon.net


Date:
September 28, 2003

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I had never heard of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboy until feb of this year (2003) , I have always been into the rock scene and have never listened to country music , I really didn't like it much , then I was over my Fathers house and the film " Go West - Young Lady " was on and I heard the Band do Ida Red , although I didn't know who the band was . I had to wait until the Film came on again to see who the Band was. A week later , I was at my Fathers again and the Film " A Tornado in the Saddle " was on and I heard the Band again , although I did not make the connection that it was the same Band , for if you remember Tommy Duncan was not in the later Film , when I found out it was the same Band I was pretty well hooked on these guys. All I know is that I didn't like country music , but I like Bob Wills music , since then I gotten the Biography by Charles Townsend , numerous Cds, I've gotten hold of all the Tiffany Transcriptions I could get my hands on , Vols 6 , 7 , 8 , are no longer available which I think is a shame, I would have liked to heard the Material on those 3 Vols as the other 7 Vols are fantastic. And for the Record Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame also, this happened in 1998 or 1999 , I can't remember the exact year right now. I'm sorry that I did not know of him when he was living, His music cheers me up , even the Blues tunes. Well I still don't listen to any Modern Country Music but I do listen to Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys , listening to some of the Tiffany Transcriptions you can definitely hear a Rock element there in those Recordings . Take Care you all and if any one knows where to purchase any Glossy Photo's of the Band get in touch with me , I don't have a e-mail address or internet access but my address is Tony Caranci 2997 Crosby Bl. S.W. # 113 Tumwater, Wa. 98512 . Happy listening


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Great website! Love the biographies and pictures. Shelly Lee Alley, Jr. The River Road Boys


Date:
September 28, 2003

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This is an excellent web site. Please keep Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys information and pictures coming. "Bob Wills is still the King" Third generation fan, Bob Williams


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Amazing stuff here on the web. . . I'm lookin' for live Bob Wills cds. Know of any box sets of the Tiffany gigs?? I lost my one copy while in Germany last summer and I'd like to replace it and get more live recordings. Thanks, Doug Blankensop Anchorage, Alaska Oh, a great site but the links are a bit confusing and random. Cheers!!


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September 28, 2003

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Re: Billy Bowman. I noticed that my brother, Jim Bowman has already answered a question about what happened to Uncle Billy. He was as humble and as unassuming musician I ever saw. A great talent and a great guy. Jerry Bowman


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Hello, My name is Mel Buckner. I had the good fortune to work with Blub, Curly Lewis and Eldon Shamblin at a place called the Caravan Ballroom in Tulsa, OK from 1980 to 1982. I didn't realize at the time how fortunate I was.


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Great Web-site related to THE ICON of western swing! Many times I have seen that bus (or one like it in the 1940's and 50's.) parked by the American Legion Bldg. in McAlester, OK., my home area. Enjoy the arrangement and content of the site! Thanks. Burton Thompson, retired in San Antonio


Date:
September 28, 2003

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What a great website! My husband and I bought the CAIN'S BALLROOM in Tulsa, Ok last fall. We are presently restoring her to her old glory and will be having a weekend celebration of Bob Wills the weekend of March 5,6 and 7. Feel free to contact us. We are presently waiting to hear if our efforts to have the Cain's on the National Historic Register will be successful!


Date:
September 28, 2003

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Where can you get recordings of the "King" Bob Wills I have looked for CD's but cannot find. waldo3@ntelos.net


Date:
September 28, 2003

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HI , Nice site ,keep up the good work. I have been a fan since I was a kid and more so ever day. My Mom told me about seeing the band in honky tonk dance halls in Oklahoma, said Bob was a really nice guy and would come out and talk to the patrons during the breaks. Wish I could have been there. Long live THE KING !! Al Perkins


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September 28, 2003

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I am looking to see if there was ever Harlan Pendergraft that played with the Texas Playboys?


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September 28, 2003

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Hello Bob Wills & Texas Playboy Fans, what a great site! My Dad, J.Earl Bowles was a #1 fan & also so was I. I remember going to dances in the 60's,Houston, Cook's Hoe-Down,Market St.,Navasota,Tx.V.F.W. Hall, I still get chills when I listen to Bob & the Boys-my mother&I still have 78's& 33's records. I remember Casey Dickens, Luke, Geo.C.& Gene Crownover. E-mail me @ catnhon@aol.com


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September 28, 2003

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Thank you so much for this wonderful site. It is amazing how many people were touched by the magic of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. My father, Jack Loyd played with Bob in the 40's and 50's {vocals and bass}. Dad passed away in 1993, This site helps his memory live on. My daughter had all of dads music that we had stolen from her car recently, if anyone has access to any of Bob's music, especially with lyrics by my dad please email me at track_68@yahoo.com Thank you, Mark Loyd


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September 28, 2003

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Great Site! My Dad, Deane "Jimmie" Hart was the pianist for the Port Arther Jubileers (Decca) and Jimmie Hart & His Merry Makers (Bluebird) and worked with Tiny Moore. My dad passed away 3 years ago not knowing anyone still listened to the bands music. It's great to see that these pioneers of early Western Swing have not been forgotten. Tom Hart Lakeland, FL. tom.hart@tampabay.rr.com


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September 28, 2003

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I've become a big fan of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys after subscribing to XM Satellite Radio & listening to Hank's Place, the classic country & western station. Thanks for teaching this ol' Ohio farm boy about his life & times!


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September 28, 2003

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The Bob Wills website is so cool!!! My grandfather trained horses for Mr Wills. (Guy Webb) and my husband's grandfather played music with Mr. Wills.(George Lewis ("High") Bridges). I was hoping to maybe find something that included them while visiting he site. I will keep looking around. Valerie Pitt Van Alstyne, Texas


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September 28, 2003

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I have a fiddle that used to belong to Toby Thompson. Mr. Thompson reportedly played with Bob Wills when they were teenagers. Can you offer any history of the link between these two men?? The web site is great! send mail to west8@dashlink.com


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September 28, 2003

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Hi from Spain. This site is interesting as well as informative. Enjoyed browsing through the site. Keep up the good work. Greetings.. http://www.buscainmobiliarias.com


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September 28, 2003

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KEEP IT ALIVE AND THANK YOU!! Kane Barrow Age 36 Skellytown Tx


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September 28, 2003

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Wonderful site, folks! Bob Wills is STILL the King! Rick Storm Amarillo, Texas


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September 28, 2003

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Hello My name is Jennifer. First I wanted to tell you that I LOVE the site the colors scheme is great :> I am one of Benny's MANY nieces .... lol I am toying with the idea of writing a biography about him. If any of you have stories or anecdotes you would be willing to share I would appreciate it much.... moma_jen@hotmail.com P.S. if you know my uncle personally and want to check first I am Annetta's Daughter :> ...


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September 28, 2003

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I have looked at your site with great interest and have read through the comments. I can't add anymore accolades that would not be redundant, but I can sincerely thank you for this great watering hole for those of us who hunger and thirst for western swing. John Gill Little River-Academy, Texas


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September 28, 2003

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My name is Patty Bowman Bowling. I am the daughter of Dalton Lee (Buddy) Bowman. My father was the brother of Billy Bowman that played the steel guitar with Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys. My dad also was with the Grand Old Opry for a while & Chet Atkins taught him to play the guitar.( My dad, from what I understand, only played rhythm guitar at that time.) I loved hearing my dad play & he could play guitar just as good as the master that taught him. I don't come very often to your website, but I was so glad to see that people are still interested even after so many years have passed & we've lost so many of these talented & precious people. Thank you for caring. Pjbmomgma@aol.com (OKLAHOMA)


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September 28, 2003

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Was Merle Haggard in The Texas Playboys? Joplin,Mo

From Robert: Haggard was never really a Texas Playboy, but could perhaps be considered an "Honorary Texas Playboy" after doing a tribute album to Bob Wills and also appearing on the "For the Last Time" album recorded in 1973, as well as doing many Wills songs since then. Haggard was greatly inspired by Wills and used several of his band members over the years. 


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September 29, 2003

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I have been a Bob Wills fan since I was a kid. My dad loved his music and i guess he passed that tradition on to me. I always liked the music Bob Wills recorded around the late 1930's and early 40's I lived in Lubbock Texas but now i live in Louisiana. Every time I get homesick for West Texas I put on some Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Seems like that always makes me feel a lot better. Also you have a great site Roger


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October 03, 2003

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I was shocked to see that Billy Bowman isn't listed among the playboys. I know there were many but he deserves to be on that list.


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October 09, 2003

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I really enjoyed your site top class Thank you John Dilloway Portsmouth England


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October 10, 2003

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your website has been very helpful in attempting to contact friends of my father george petton who played lead guitar for bob 1962-1963. may god bless you


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October 12, 2003

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Wonderful site in tribute to a 'Wonderful Man and The Texas Playboys' Best they was, is and always will be. Remember Mr. Wills from my 50s days in Amarillo Texas at 'The Clover Club'. My favorites will always be "Silver Dew On The Bluegrass" and "Take Me Back To Tulsa". Its hard to pick a favorite. As long as Texas exists Mr. Bob Wills and The Texas Play Boys will also. To whom responsible for this site, "Thank You Very Much". Jerry Vandiver North, Georgia.


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October 12, 2003

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Glad that I found your site. When a young collegian at TU in the late '60s' did not know about Bob Wills - but after Bob's passing I worked at KTUL and KOTV and both stations had former musicians on staff who told me a lot. Later when I sold records for a while at StarShip in Tulsa, I started my now lifelong fan-dom of Bob Wills. Mike Bruchas - Washington, DC BOB WILLS IS STILL THE KING!


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October 14, 2003

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The first time I heard Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys I was hooked! That was only 3 years ago. Now, I'm the singer in a western swing band out in California, and I enjoy exposing others to this great music. I've even gotten to meet some of the Playboys (Johnny Cuviello, Truitt Cunningham, Skeeter Elkin). Thanks a lot for this, and keep it comin'! Signed, B.E. Adams


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October 15, 2003

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I have been a fan of Bob Will's all of my life. I started to going to dances to hear Bob Wills play When I was very young and have remained a fan all of my life. His advise was "never leave the fiddle out" and I am a great fan of fiddle music. I just returned from Ruidoso (Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium) the best of Western Swing Musicians. This a great web site. Thanks Jim Bob Grimes County, Texas


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October 20, 2003

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"Yes indeed" Bob Wills is still the King ! Your site is 1st class , I've been a fan of Bobs for many many years. I have past the heritage of Western Swing on to my children and grandchildren (they still enjoy watching the old Westerns on tape that I have collected where the Playboys do some first class singing, their favorite is where Bob and the boys are Mounties. Thank you for a Web-site that has it all !


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October 24, 2003

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My Father Introduced me to Bob when i was a child and ever since the day I first heard Bob sing I knew what Texas was about Thanks DAD!... Chris


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October 30, 2003

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Great web site! Ray Trosper Sidney, TX


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October 31, 2003

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I play in a band and we are now doing some of his songs


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November 03, 2003

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Les"carrot top" Anderson was with Bob Wills 1942-45.Wish to get in touch with anyone that has any pictures or memorabilia you would like to share copies with Les's widow, Betty. Les was also in movies, Town Hall Party,Spade Cooley Band and many other venues.Please email to mhickman@nethop.net


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November 05, 2003

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Hats off to your web site. I have been listening to Western Swing for 40+ years and yes Bob Wills will always be the King! Thank you for a site that gets back to basics without mixing in a lot of this modern day so called "Country". Keep up the good work , you are much appreciated ! Again "Thank you" J.F.Kopeck out of Parkville,MD.


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November 06, 2003

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This web site is fantastic. My husband always look on the internet for interesting subjects.


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November 06, 2003

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Hi.....I am a huge Tiny Moore fan.......as well as Jim Belkin...Any info about him on the site?...Michael try2sing4u@earthlink.net Great site


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November 08, 2003

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I am 69 years old & i remember BOB WILLS on our old radio when i was a tyke. I dearly loved his music. Although i have always loved elvis, i still love the early 40s music. GOD BLESS HIS HEART for bring much entertainment to me. i was lucky, i have all his songs. brings back such precious memories. BARBARA BROWN ST. JOSEPH .MO.


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November 10, 2003

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superb web-site....my compliments.


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November 15, 2003

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This is a wonderful website. My band here in Houston plays a lot of Bob Wills music and I have quite a lot of his music on recordings. I think his music will live forever as long as there are dancers and those that appreciate good rhythms. It is interesting to read all the info on your website. Keep up the good work.


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November 21, 2003

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Cindy & I made the Hoyle & Ben Nix Reunion last weekend held at the Stampede Club there in Big Spring, TX. You can "feel" the music at this event better than any we had ever been to before. We didn't meet a stranger out there. Just like a big ol' house dance! Everyone should make this yearly West Texas Western Swing event! You won't regret the trip...Duke & Cindy Gilleland, Belton Texas


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November 24, 2003

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Wonderful! I love it. Keep it going. sincerely, James Holley (Joe Holleys' son)


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November 25, 2003

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I've only recently been introduced to some of Bob Wills' music collections. Boy have I been missing out. I love his music. It is hard to believe some of it was recorded long before I was born. It sounds new and fresh and some is so light hearted I can't help but smile. Thank you for providing me with some extra information on Bob and His Texas Playboys. I intend to read some of the books and have already bought several albums. Just thought you might like to know that even though he's gone, Bob and his Playboys are still bringing new folks to western swing. James F., Mesquite, TX


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December 03, 2003

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My daughter amy ( she is 15) loves the bob wills CD -sung by merle haggard - "a tribute to the best damn fiddle player in the world.", she sings it all the time. she loves brain cloudy; daddy's little fatty; misery; right or wrong. Just the whole CD, she sings it to her friends, and she doesn't care if they like it or not, she sings it anyway...


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December 11, 2003

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I was watching C-Span today- Heard some terrific verse quoted on C-Span (TV Channel that covers the Fed.House of Reps proceedings daily) by Democratic Policy Committee Chairman, Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Dec 11, 2003, in the committee's efforts to defeat The Republican White House's Omnibus Bill which will change overtime rules in place since 1938 in which employers will not be bound by law to pay over time, but will have the right to demand workers put in overtime.. (wake up America!) The quote is verse from the Depression era 1930's song by Bob Wills and the TEXAS Playboys. - I'd like to hear this song and think, from the words in this verse, it should be the theme song of the Democratic party in their battle with the Dept of Labor and Bush administration's & Republican party's bill to negate overtime. (entire committee meeting viewable at http://www.c-span.org/ with real player) marcia marcantonio, saylorsburg, Pa, Dec 11, 2003.

Note from webmaster Robert: Bob Wills never recorded any songs that highlighted the Depression era. His philosophy was to avoid such negative lyrics and reminders and focus instead on better times. Certainly however, there were lots of songs by others about this troubled time in history. I researched some more about the song you mentioned - it is "Take Me Back to Tulsa" but it really isn't a song about the Depression. It's a song about some of the joys and dealings of everyday life. 

 


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December 13, 2003

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very good site.bob wills was the very best of the best


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December 14, 2003

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Thanks for putting together this website for the greatest band of all time - how about some sound clips sometime? Gary


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December 15, 2003

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What a great site, devoted to the man and his Playboys, Bob Wills. I am the general manager of the Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma and we are planning our annual Bob Wills Birthday Bash for this March 5th and 6th, 2004. We hope to have some of his biggest fans attend. For more information, check out: www.cainsballroom.com or call 918-584-2306....


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December 18, 2003

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Great site!


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December 18, 2003

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I have collected Bob Wills records since I was a teenager in OK. My Dad & Mother went to a dance at the opening of the New Nat'l Guard Armory in Perry, OK in about 1936 (Iwas 5-6 yr. old) and sat me on the outside windowsill while they danced. Bill Moran San Diego, tX


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December 18, 2003

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Anyone wanting to share info on Bob Wills please contact. Bill Moran texaschef@the-i.net


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December 21, 2003

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Hey Mrs. Blake! This is Rachel this is so cool I was searching the web and saw all the things you have out there on the web awesome! - love- Rachel ~nicole


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December 28, 2003

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Great website. I understand that some or one of the band members is still playing and is going to do a show with Commander Cody. J Melagrano New York


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December 29, 2003

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Great Site! Thanx! We've started a Western Swing band in Holland recently, named Panhandle Swing. Its a restart from Berry Selles, who played with Tiny Moore in 1986 in Europe. As far as we know is this the only Western Swing band in Europe, in full line up; two fiddles, lapsteel, piano, drums, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass fiddle, and electric guitar. If someone wants to contact us: ttbb_mail@yahoo.com


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December 30, 2003

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great site, bob wills is still the king


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January 01, 2004

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Have been living in Rogers, Ar. since late 69. Was lucky enough to have met Leon and Smokey Dacus. Also G.Don Thompson. Boy could they tell the tales on Bob Wills. Now they're all gone. Thanks to PC and web sites like this one, Good thoughts can last forever. D Johnson Rogers, Ar


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January 09, 2004

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Wanted to learn more about the man with the same name. thanks, Bob Wills


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January 10, 2004

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Great site. We love Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Thank you and please keep up the great work. Terry & Gayle, Greeneville, TN

 


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January 11, 2004

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Thanks for bringing back old memories when I grew up with Bob during His Tulsa, Ok. days. I never missed His noon KVOO broadcast, made a many of His dances at Cain's Ballroom and elsewhere. J.B. Miller formerly of Okmulgee Ok. now living at Boerne, Tex.


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January 13, 2004

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Having grown up with a true Bob Wills Fan My Dad, I can attest that his music is a favorite in my home and has made country what it is today. You can always hear a little bit of Bob in all of the Major recording artist. Dan Miller San Antonio, Texas


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January 13, 2004

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A Great Web Site Lex Griggs Glendale Arizona


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January 20, 2004

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I really enjoyed your site. How about some sounds of The Playboys? I visited the museum in Turkey and wondered why some music wasn't playing there either. Keep up the good work. Thanks. Glenda Harper Rockport, Texas


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January 21, 2004

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Great site! Great pictures! Being an Oklahoma girl and a fan/student of Western Swing, "Bob Wills will ALWAYS be the king!" Becky Hobbs http://www.beckyhobbs.com

Thanks Beckaroo! - Robert


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January 23, 2004

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This is the greatest site I've found on the net. I've been a fan of western swing as long as I can remember>thanks so much for having this place. Jim Blankenship - Borger,TX.


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January 26, 2004

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I was first introduced to Bob Will and His Texas Playboys by a "disk jockey" who celebrated his 80th birthday Christmas day of 2003! That DJ is none other than Gordon Baxter originally of radio station KPAC in Port Arthur, Texas. A 80 birthday luncheon will be held for Gordon on February 28, 2004. He loved Bob Wills music and as a kid I grew to love Bob Wills' music too! Thanks for a great website that recognizes a GREAT musical group! Gordon Baxter help make Bob Wills' music known and loved in the "piney woods" of East Texas!


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January 28, 2004

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Beautifully designed site! We would like to invite you to visit our newly launched tribute site to Redd Stewart: www.reddstewart.com A site launched in memory of Redd (writer of Tennessee Waltz, You Belong To Me, Slow Poke, Bonaparte's Retreat, and many more!) Please sign our guest book so we know you stopped by! Did you ever record, perform, or met Redd or Pee Wee King? We'd love to hear about it! Thank you. Sharon Stewart- Redd's daughter-in-law


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January 31, 2004

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Thanks for this web site, I've listened to Bob Wills music all my life, Joe Holley came from where I was raised. I still listen to Milton Brown and I love Johnny Gimble's fiddle. Erath Co., Texas Rod Blue


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January 31, 2004

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I like your web site rbigbird77@excite.com


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February 04, 2004

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I'm wondering if anyone has information about the piano player, John "Smokey" Wood, who I believe played with the band for a short while. I recently found a lyric in the Woody Guthrie archives titled "Smokey Woods" and I believe it's about the musician John "Smokey" Wood. Woody writes about a childhood friend of his from Okemah, OK who taught him how to play harmonica, etc. Just trying to figure out if it's the one and the same! Much appreciated!! Woody Guthrie Archives woodyguthrie.org


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February 06, 2004

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This is a very great site. I was just messing around on the net & stumbled up on this site. My father was friends with Bob & many others in the band. Dad & his musician buddies got together & would play all week end. I didn`t realize all the talent that was around our home and all the others homes he played at. These are the names of musicians that i remember that still stick with me. Leon Rausch, Sleepy Johnson, Larry Franklin, Lewis Franklin many others that I remember when i hear their names. My fathers name was Hugh Pope, if anyone here remembers names that i have mentioned feel free to e mail me with comments. Richard Pope from Royse City, Texas e mail rapfrct1@aol.com Keep this site going. BOB WILLS is still the king.


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February 06, 2004

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I LOVE BOB WILLS YIPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JOPLIN, MO


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February 06, 2004

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If you are ever in Joplin, MO listen to Classic Country 99.7 KBTN-FM and Kyle Thomas will play Bob Wills for you between 6 and 10AM call (417) 781-9970 or 1-866-781-9970 and request some. CHECK IT OUT! You will hear great old country!


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February 07, 2004

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I have all ways liked western swing. Bob Wills and Hank Thompson


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February 08, 2004

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I have an old flyer with picture of Leon McAuliffe. It reads "Take it away Leon McAuliffe and his western swing bank in the New Luxurious Cimarron Ballroom at 4th & Denver in Downtown Tulsa" with a shot of the Cimarron Ballroom. Make offer. keest03@attg.net


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February 09, 2004

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great web site and thanks for honoring the greatest showman and musician ever - Bob Wills.
Greg Sturgeon Terre Haute In


Date:
February 12, 2004

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Thank you, Bob Wills, for keeping truth in your music and inspiring millions of musicians. You left us a legacy in East Texas. Nothing will ever replace WESTERN SWING. It causes many a buckle to be polished. James Cook


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February 13, 2004

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Grew up with Bob and Playboy music, it was the best ever in late 30's and early 40's. My home town was Okmulgee, Ok. J.B. Miller now of Boerne, Tx.


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February 17, 2004

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Hi folks wow what a website, first got into Bob's music when merle recorded tribute album. Just to read about Bob, and his many group members is a joy to behold as living in England we don't get to hear much music of Bob's on radio. Would like to hear the session done at merle's house on Bob's birthday. Anyone wanting to chat about Bob and his music, contact me john@marples2503.fsnet.co.uk would love to hear from anyone.


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February 18, 2004

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Great site! Can remember many hot kansas nites listening to Virgil and Millard's other kinfolks bang out swing in their living room before heading back to the oil patch. Gregg Kelso Chandler,OK


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February 22, 2004

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HOWDY, JUST GETTING STARTED WITH NEW COMPUTER ONLINE. BOB WILLS IS MY FAVORITE MUSIC.


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February 23, 2004

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I was born and grew up in Tulsa,Ok and lived with a good part of the Wills history. Also, Leon McAuliffe and his fine band. Follow Western Swing Music wherever we can find it, such as Snyder, Ruidoso, Wichita Falls, Austin, etc. I just discovered this website, and think it is GREAT! Will check it regularly. Hugh Siler, Sugar Land, TX. e-mail: hsiler@houston.rr.com.


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February 24, 2004

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All very interesting to an oldtime Wills' fan. Now live in Fort Smith, Ark, but one of my best friends (living in Wa State), is former Playboy fiddler "Cotton" Roberts, who played for Bob in the mid-50s, and before that, with Billy Jack's band in Sacramento. You've done a great job on this site. Gary Staggers


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February 25, 2004

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I just stumbled upon this page. My grandfather is Joe Holley's nephew - Jim Holley from Bluffdale. Just thought this was interesting. I have heard so much in my lifetime about Bob Wills and the boys. Although I am only 29 years old, I am a big fan. Sincerely, Holley Martin - Eldorado, Texas holley.martin@tx.usda.gov


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February 26, 2004

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Hello from Reno Nevada What a great Web Site. My husband is a Western Swing fiddle player. We are both in the Hall Of Fame in Sacramento Calif. I use to be the President of the Western Swing Society in Sacramento. Both Bob and Billy Jack Wills were very good friends of ours. Keep up the good work. From the Albrights Gene and Juanita AFIDDLEBOW@AOL.COM


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February 28, 2004

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Great site! I learned a lot about the band talking and working with Barry Doss, and this site weaves it all together. Thank you. Jim, Incline Village, Nevada


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March 03, 2004

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This is by far the best Bob Wills site I have been on. I like the fact that there is a lot more info on other band members, and it's all in a great layout. Great job Robert! Jim R. Wills Manzanita,OR jrwills01@yahoo.com


Date:
March 07, 2004

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you guys should include a discography, i am too young to own any of his records, but i do like his music. my largest challenge is finding music of his to buy.


Date:
March 16, 2004

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Thanks...the website is great :-) My ex-father in law used to play the fiddle with Bob Wills...I have acquired a book that has a personal note & autograph of Bob Wills: the book is: Hubbin' It, The Life of Bob Wills/ dated 1938- I'd be interested in selling it for the right price. I found the book online for $195=without the personal note/autograph of Bob Wills...if anyone knows the value or where I might could find out or is intersted in buying the book, please let me know- Thanks, Joan Osborne Roswell, New Mexico Pinkalien1@aol.com


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March 17, 2004

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THIS IS A WAY COOL SITE! Glad I found it Joplin mo


Date:
March 17, 2004

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I was wondering if Bob Wills and was any kin folk to new country singer Mark Wills. If anyone knows please reply back on this site I was wondering if it was any relation. Also did Bob and the Texas Playboys ever record a version of the song Route 66? I cannot remember who sang that one. Joplin Mo

Mark Wills is no relation to the Wills family and does not claim that he is. Also, Bob Wills never recorded Route 66, but Asleep At The Wheel and probably hundreds of others have. Thanks, Robert


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March 18, 2004

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My Dad is making me get a Haircut tomorrow and I am upset. Would someone please pray for me. By the way. I am a huge Bob Wills fan. I love the music dearly and was glad to find this site. You have a lot of neat stuff here.... Thanks


Date:
March 19, 2004

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Born in Kansas, toured the u.s. Now in Ga. It was good, very good. The best I've seen. Photos. good quality, Pleasant to the eyes to view. Been a fan all my life, been this close, twice to seeing the late great Bob Wills in person. Finally got a change to see what I missed. Wonderful job. Hope I get to visit and see the real thing. My Respects to the family, may you continue doing such a great job for a long long time. Bobbie Everhart


Date:
March 19, 2004

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I love Bob Wills and Country Music. It is all I listen to. What this world really needs is more Country Stations. There are not enough. Joplin,MO


Date:
March 20, 2004

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I really love this SITE!!!!!!!! I am listening to Bob Wills today. I am the one that had to get a Haircut also and they BUTCHERED ME!!!!!!!!! Please pray for me that it will grow back and I will keep looking at this site. I guess it was a BALD SHAVE Haircut and I do not like it. Has anyone had this problem before? Please let me know. Again I am a huge Bob Wills fan and love this site. Keep up the good work..


Date:
March 20, 2004

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You can hear Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in Joplin,MO on Classic Country 99.7 KBTN-FM Joplin,MO. Call ( 417 ) 781-9970 or toll free at 1-866-781-9970 to request Bob Wills anytime. Steve Smith is on from 6 to 10am each morning Monday through Friday. Call him and request some Bob Wills if you are ever in Joplin,MO! A Petracom Media Station and a good one too. Joplin,MO


Date:
March 21, 2004

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What date was this web site first launched? or does anyone know? Just curious Joplin,MO

Started about Feb 2002 - Robert


Date:
March 22, 2004

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My Texan Daddy sang Bob Wills songs to momma and me and I always get a warm, wonderful feeling when listening to B.W. Doing a report on B.W. for an english paper. Thanks for the great resource. Barbara Jim


Date:
March 28, 2004

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We attended a concert last night for Bob Wills' Texas Playboys. Of course, they were not the original band and were without their famous leader, but we enjoyed the tradition of the group. My Mom and Dad (Dad still) were big fans and have several of the original 78's. Many of the songs I knew from listening to Mom play the old 78's when I was growing up. Thanks for a great web-site to keep the tradition alive ! Smokey from Arkansas


Date:
March 29, 2004

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ONE OF THE BEST BANDS EVER LOTS OF GREAT MUSICIANS VIRGIL WATTS TRIPLE NECK FENDER PLAYER FROM BOWLING GREEN MO. KEEP IT SWINGIN' GREAT SITE GOOD INFO


Date:
April 01, 2004

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Hi My name is Paige Kelso-Millard was my Great Uncle. I was brought up on this great music and love it as much now as I did then. This is a real nice site and am really glad I found it and will passing it along to my family.


Date:
April 05, 2004

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I have an old 78rpm record by Bob Wills<MGM "Jole Blond Likes The Boogie", signed "Best Wishes-Bob Wills." How can I prove that this is an authentic signature? Borelgerald@aol.com


Date:
April 06, 2004

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thanks for a great web site, i have several pictures of bob and me taken backstage at the old panther hall ballroom in fort worth,i will send them to you if you think you could use them . i worked with the owner and booked acts into fort worth in the late 60&70 thanks bill tarwater

Bill, we would really like to see those pictures and use them on the website if we can. Email me by clicking here and send them if you would. Thanks, Robert


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April 09, 2004

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My dad was a disc jockey in the Houston area during the 50s when 78 records were still being played. We still have an number of old radio station copies of 78's, but apparently we hadn't found all of them. Recently, while helping my mom clean her house to move closer to us, I discovered an original copy of Bob Wills Faded Love on 78. I am curious what anyone thinks the value might be, although my plans are to keep it as a remembrance of both Bob and my late dad.


Date:
April 12, 2004

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I've been an admirer of Bob Wills and all the Texas Playboys since I was a 16 year old School Boy in 1975. Which was about the time he died. I also like Asleep At The Wheel and Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys as well. Last week I purchased at a silent auction in Hico,Texas a framed poster of Bob Wills signed by his Daughter Cindy. Best $60.00 I ever spent. 'It Don't Matter Who's In Austin, Bob Wills Is Still The King!'.


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April 14, 2004

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We would like to invite you to visit our newly launched tribute site to Redd Stewart: www.reddstewart.com, a site launched in memory of Redd (co-writer of Tennessee Waltz, You Belong To Me, Slow Poke, Bonaparte's Retreat, Soldiers Last Letter, and many more!) Please sign our guest book so we know you stopped by! Did you ever record, perform, or meet Redd or Pee Wee King? We'd love to hear about it! Thank you. Billy (Redd's son) & Sharon


Date:
April 17, 2004

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I am lonesome today. Nobody will call or E-Mail me. I found this site in hopes someone would say hello to me today. I like country music and especially the sad songs. I like Bubbles In My Beer by Bob. You never hear that one anymore. Do you have it? See you later... Lonesome


Date:
April 18, 2004

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robert, I see you a lot on here Do you maintain this site? Joplin, MO

Yes, but pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. A lot of the work is contributed from others and posted  by me. Thanks


Date:
April 19, 2004

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Robert, Are you the last guy who said pay no attention behind the curtain? I think you are the one Robert who maintains this site and you are ONE KOOL DUDE! Keep up the good work! I will continue to visit your site! Joplin, MO


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April 20, 2004

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Robert, Have you ever visited Joplin MO? If you do please be sure to listen to Classic Country 99.7 KBTN-FM. It is the best Country Station in Town! Joplin,MO


Date:
April 22, 2004

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It is good to see a website dedicated to one of the most influencial country music artist's that were ever around!! Bob Wills and his Playboys were the Glenn Miller of Country Music. It is just sad to see a group of entertainers that do not get the recognition that they well deserve. Thank you for the website.


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April 24, 2004

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What a great site. I grew up in West Texas and remember very well Bob Wills on the radio. My dad did some work for Johnny Lee Wills, Bob's brother I think. Thank you so much for keeping this music alive. B.D.(Spider) Webb, Pensacola, Fl


Date:
April 25, 2004

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Thank you so much for the information you've provided on Bob Wills and his music. Jesse Ashlock was my great uncle (evidently...I'm the 2nd great niece to comment on this site) and my mother has one of his fiddles hanging in our house--he was her favorite uncle. Though I've never met him, it's been a joy to hear the wonderful stories growing up...and his music is a huge part of my family. Meredith Jones nearmiss@hotmail.com


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May 03, 2004

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My name is Rick Cooper. Musician living near Seattle WA. I had the honor of being friends with the sister of Noel Boggs. Although I did not meet Noel I feel I new him very well as his late sister Lela told me story after story. Lela passed away Feb 1998 and is buried next to Noel and Richard. I have many pictures of Noel playing with various musicians and would be happy to email copies to the webmaster of this site. Lela would be so proud to know her younger brothers name lives on. Keep up the good work. I can be contacted through my website at www.cooperent.com


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May 04, 2004

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great site as my mother grew up in sapulpa, oklahoma in the 30s she had a lot of bw records also we could his noon show on kvoo tulsa in western oklahoma when i grew up gerald walton oklahoma city


Date:
May 12, 2004

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Thanks for such a great site!


Date:
May 20, 2004

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I am looking for one of Bob Wills' children. His name is Jim, and I met him in Dallas, TX around 1993 to 1994. I was wondering if his story was true that his father is indeed Bob Wills. This man was working in Diamond Mines out of the country at this time. Any help would be appreciated.


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May 22, 2004

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I have been a Bob Wills fan for 48 years. I played with his daughter everyday when both our families lived in Abilene. I still miss her today. He once brought home dolls for both of us after a long absence. Miss you, where ever you are.


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May 23, 2004

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superb web site, i grew up on Bob's music, was very close to Jack Loyd and Lee Ross, i gave Jack some pictures of Lefty Frizzell , Bob and myself. would like to talk to Mark Loyd, i may have what he is looking for. Marks email keeps coming back. thanks keep up the good work. Jo Ann, Onalaska, Texas.joanno@eastex .net


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May 24, 2004

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What a great website dedicated to the King of Swing. My favorite Bob Wills song is "Big Balls in Cowtown" written by Hoyle Nix. Keep this site active. Thank You. Jackie Thomas, Big Spring, Texas (home of Hoyle Nix)


Date:
May 27, 2004

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Just found your site while looking for Carroll Wilson's book "Playing By Heart." Glad to see you have it and those other good selections. Wilson is going to be selling and signing his book Saturday night (May 29, 2004) at a dance in the old gym at Goodlett, Texas, west of Quanah and not that far from Turkey. The band is The Sidekicks: former Playboy Bobby Boatright, George Uptmor, Ginny Mac, Dave Musgrave, Ronny Dale Shultz, Curtis Potter, Tony Ramsey. Y'all come.


Date:
May 29, 2004

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Just found you. This is great. Gary


Date:
May 29, 2004

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I've been a Bob Wills fan since my childhood in Floydada, Texas, just a few miles from Bob's old hometown. My love of his music has stayed with me throughout my life, and I enjoy it as much today, at 74 years of age, as I did back in Texas in the late 1930s. It's nice to find a website honoring a truly great musician. Martin Brown, Redding, CA


Date:
June 02, 2004

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THANK YOU FOR THE AWESOME WEBSITE, ITS GREAT TO KNOW SOMEONE IS PRESERVING OUR WESTERN MUSIC/MUSICIANS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. CONNIE FROM LA PORTE, TX


Date:
June 06, 2004

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Great site. Listening to Big Balls in Cow Town now. Love it. Tom


Date:
June 08, 2004

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Being based out of London, England, I'm new to Bob Wills' legacy. Thanks so much for this site - I've learned a lot!! Best wishes, Mee


Date:
June 09, 2004

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Hello, My name is Phillip Barnard. Junior Barnard is my great Uncle. My Grand Father is Bob Barnard who was Junior's Brother. I have been wanting to know more about Junior's career and the article I found on this site is very cool. I never met Junior as he died the year before I was born. I would like to know more about where I might find some of Junior's records that I might purchase and/or listen to.

Hi Phillip - email me by clicking here and I'll try to help you. Thanks, Robert


Date:
June 15, 2004

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G'day great site you have here. my mate gave me a Bob wills LP to listen to & I've never looked back. Just found this great site to bundle up some knowledge of my own. Gee Bob Wills & his texas playboys must of came from heaven, no doubt! Cheers! Luke Australia.


Date:
June 15, 2004

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06/15/04 Awesome website! I grew up in the small West TX town of Spur. I appreciate the history you're keeping alive in the Playboys' honor. I've loved Bob Wills music as long as I can remember. Keep it going! Thanks---Dejah Porter


Date:
June 15, 2004

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I really liked your spread on Casey Dickens and his relationship with Bob Wills. The Chambers' Family


Date:
June 15, 2004

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Enjoy this web site. Tommy Duncan is my grandfather. My Mother lives in Glen Rose, Texas.


Date:
June 16, 2004

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I like your web site very much on the best of Bob Wills and all of his Texas Playboys. I was born in Dallas Texas recalling listen to Bob Wills on the radio when he was the light crusty dough band. They all are in heaven playing for The Lord I do miss them all and their music. We all will meet the Lord some day but till then I am not going to stop listen to his music, wish it was still on the radio. His music should still be on all juke boxes like it was before world war II. Keep up the good work you are doing. Angus McKay Dallas , Texas

 


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June 19, 2004

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June 19, 2004 Very good website. We've needed one just for Bob Wills for a long time. I grew up in the early 50s in Central/West Kansas and Bob Will music was the main fare on several radio stations in Wichita and the area back then. I still listen to it via my records and tapes real often. Plus, we have a great announcer on KFDI in Wichita named Doug Collins who often plays western swing. Thanks for site. I'll bookmark it for reading often. Garry Boldenow


Date:
June 29, 2004

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i first heard of bob wills in a waylon jennings song and i became a fan winston canada


Date:
June 29, 2004

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I now own www.bobwills.com I plan on making it the premiere portal to all western swing and Bob Wills. Would you consider being an affiliate and doing a reciprocal link connection? Thanks for all you are doing on behalf of Bob Wills and Western Swing! Best, Dwight Adair

Be happy to swap links with you Dwight - let us know when it's up and running.
Thanks, Robert


Date:
June 30, 2004

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I have been a big fan of Bob's music for years and just found this web-site today. I think it is wonderful. Jimmy Robinson


Date:
July 02, 2004

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I think all artist should take the time to provide biographies of themselves and each band member that is with the group a year or longer. I knew a steel player that played for Ray Price, Hank Thompson and others and I can't find anything on this talented artist. I am speaking of Deon Tyson, I would appreciate hearing from anyone that has any and all information on Deon. Thanks Doyle Brown P.O. Box 44 Harwood, Mo. 64750


Date:
July 03, 2004

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Wonderful site!! As a youngster in the late 40's I lived in Sacramento, Ca. I fondly remember a place called Wills Point. It had a dance hall, park and pool. Parties, graduation dances, ect. were held there. I always thought Bob Wills owned it, as I remember him playing there, however it was not mentioned in his bio. Can you verify this? Thank you, Pat in Marshall, Tx. patsylou@shreve.net


Date:
July 09, 2004

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I am so glad to have found this site,as my stepdad,George Clayburn was a Playboy in the late 50's -mid 60's. He and my mom Carol were wed, and had a daughter named Marla. I just found out from this site that George had passed 12-07-03. We lost contact after my mom died in 1996, and i had wondered what had happened to George. He was one of the many talented fidlers that Bob Wills had. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS SITE. If Anyone knew George Clayburn, and would like to share storys, please email me at HINSHAW9396@JUNO.COM. Thank you Robert HINSHAW,SANTA FE, N.M.


Date:
July 09, 2004

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Thanks to Jim Gill for making me aware of this site. Here in Rogers Ark the Wills story is fairly well known and a few of the older residents can actually remember when the group used to come over here and play Dream Valley years ago;.also being the home of Leon McA and Smokey D for a number of years helps alot. We have groups that play virtually every Sat night in Frisco Park that include many old time musicans that were in the Wills era. I would invite anyone up here on a Sat to come by and visit. It is safe for Texans about anytime except a Texas game, since the Horns are a very controversial entity!! Once again thanks. Bob--


Date:
July 09, 2004

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Does anyone know when Laura Lee Owens sang with Bob Wills?? I know she did in the mid forties in LA on Bobs radio broadcasts and at Riverside Rancho . Thanks. Bob Rogers Ar. I saw her years ago in Little Rock at a place called Jimmy Doyles and she told me then she then lived in Nashvtlle and was married to an old time band leader called Dickey McBride. Cant find anything about her or McBride on the net anywhere.


Date:
July 14, 2004

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I love your web site. I should, I'm James Holley, Joe Holleys son


Date:
July 17, 2004

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Well it's been many years since your ol' man piled all of us kids in that red Ford w/the "continental" kit for the annual trip(s) to the Johnnie Lee Wills Rodeo. Connie Tapp's little brother, Eddie...(turned the big FIVE-O this year). Sorry to read of your father's passing. I lost mine in '97. Barbara, my mom in '99. We used to hop that slow movin' frieght train across the street from your house. It's been YEARS since I saw Pam. Tell her I said hello. Residing in Palm Beach for now. Look to retire to Claremore in the next few years (God willing). Have a new CD w/Buzz Clifford (of "Baby Sittin' Boogie" fame...1961) in the works. I miss those days in the T-Town (Bryant Elementary, Maxwell Recreation Center) and most of all the sights, sounds, smells, and MUSIC of the rodeo. Please be safe and look after your sisters. Tell Sharon & Tanna hello for me. Respectfully, Edddie Tapp p.s. Going to contact you soon and purchase some of your father's music for my sister Connie. She will enjoy that. Adios


Date:
July 18, 2004

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THIS WAS MY FIRST VISIT TO YOUR WEBSITE AND WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SUCH A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT. I HAVE BEEN A BOB WILLS FAN SINCE I WAS A KID GROWING UP IN SOUTH ALABAMA. I WAS BORN IN 1945 AND BOB WAS STILL MAKING FANS AT MY AGE OF FIVE AND HE STILL MAKES FANS WITH HIS MUSIC TODAY. TRAVIS W. BARLOW POOLER, GEORGIA


Date:
July 20, 2004

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looks good to me....thanks for doing it. grew up with bob and the boys. walked home from grade school everyday at noon and listened to bob wills and the texas playboys. what a great memory.


Date:
July 21, 2004

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I am from Seminary, Ms. my friends and I love Bob Wills. We were in Turkey for the first time this year and enjoyed it very much. Will be back next year.


Date:
July 24, 2004

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Great Site. Bob Wills Fans should check out Nowata Oklahoma - home of the annual Western Swing Festival. 1st Saturday in July. 50 Miles North of Tulsa. Nowata Country Jubilee 8 piece Western Swing Band plays for four different guests each 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month. Two fiddles, steel guitar, piano, guitar, horns, drum, bass & rhythm. Over 100 Guest from a four state area perform different shows every time. Theater seating, dancing, great food. Jubilee Hotline 918-273-2340


Date:
July 25, 2004

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The best


Date:
July 28, 2004

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Thank you so much for all your work on this tribute to The king of Texas swing. I was very impressed. 
Sincerely, Patrick Ketchum.


Date:
July 29, 2004

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''i'm a plain country boy and i work on a farm'' GREAT SITE! THANKS FOR KEEPING BOB'S MEMORY ALVIE. -Brian from Bama-


Date:
July 30, 2004

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Just got a bunch of Bob Wills 78s from a friend whose relative recently passed away. I've been transferring them to CD. These tunes really swing. Thanks for the site.


Date:
August 02, 2004

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I think your web site is very good. It seems kind of strange to read about some of the Playboys, as grand dad, Uncles, etc,etc, when I remember them as young, and fun loving musicians, and still so alive, where have the years gone??? I hope you will keep up the good work, and we hear from more people that remember Bob Wills, and the musicians that worked with him. Sincerely,Frances Varner


Date:
August 12, 2004

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I am one of the biggest fans Bob Wills and the playboys ever had. I was raised on a ranch in Texas and my dad and mother would not miss a dance that Bob Wills was playing for. I was born in 1932 and still live on that ranch. My dad played fiddle and I studied it while I was growing up. I love fiddle music and I still try to make a lots of the playboy's get togethers. Over the years I have gotten to know a number of the western swing musicians. I haven't missed the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in several years. If the good lord's willing and the creek don't rise, I will be there this year. Thank you for your website, I think it's great what you are doing for the memory of Bob Wills.


Date:
August 14, 2004

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This is a great site! I love Western Swing music. I go to Turkey,Tx., often to "Bob Wills Day". Feel fortunate to have met several Texas Playboys and even got to sing a few songs with them! When you are in Wichita,Ks. tune in to KFTI 1070AM "The Ranch". Johnny Western, who played with Johnny Cash and wrote the theme song for have gun will travel, is the mid-day DJ. Orin Friezen also is a DJ on this station. The am drive time DJ is Dugg Collins from Amarillo, TX. Dugg Collins will play you lots of Bob Wills music. Dugg also works with the Brazos Valley Boys and is a great western swing artist also! Dennis & Marilynn---Wichita,KS.


Date:
August 21, 2004

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This is simply an excellent website! I first heard Bob Wills music when my USAF Officer Training School classmate John Kellam played it for me, in his home at Mather AFB, CA in 1978. I've been into Western Swing pretty much ever since--by the time I separated from the USAF in 1990, I was building my own collection. I'm a cop in Boston, MA (my home) now, and as I drive to and from work, if I'm not listening to conservative talk radio, I'm listening to a cassette of my Tiffany Transcriptions. I just wish there were a radio station up here that played Bob's stuff.... Bill Johnson Quincy, MA


Date:
August 23, 2004

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Like the web site - love Bob Will ~Rick Glass


Date:
August 24, 2004

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I love this web site. I am the daughter of Keith Coleman. When I read the archives I feel like I have been with family. So many familar names. It was Leon McAuliffe that gave me away at my wedding. Terri (Coleman) Walters.. Cyril, Ok.


Date:
August 27, 2004

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Does anyone remember Howard Lee Black (Lucky or Blackie) bass player. He has his 83rd birthday Sept. 7. I would like to get a picture of the band by the bus on the lst page. River Oaks, Tx


Date:
August 29, 2004

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As a young boy, I used to listen to Bob Wills' radio show practically every day as my dad was a Bob Wills fan. In later life (I am now 62) I came to realize that Mr. Wills music was more than just music, but a genre all it's own. God gave us a great gift in his talent.


Date:
September 08, 2004

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My name is James Riddle and I am from Springdale, AR. My comment concerns Bob Wills fiddle players that are still living. I know Gene Gasaway (personally) and although he has inoperable cancer, the last I talked to his wife, he was doing pretty good and had stopped the chemo for a while. I believe Curly Lewis worked with Bob as well. I know he was with Johnnie Lee Wills as well as with Leon McAuliffe's Cimarron Boys.


Date:
September 13, 2004

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Wonderful site!!! I love the stories folks exchange about our beloved Western Swing and those fabulous musicians who played (and play) it. Ann Baker


Date:
September 18, 2004

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Really like your pictures and just heard your music thanks to CMT greatest county performers television show. Would like to purchase cd's of your music, but not sure where to buy. mary


Date:
September 18, 2004

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Wonderful site! My father, Clifton Clower was a Texas Playboy and I've been raised with great admiration for them! Keep up the good work. Thanks for putting it together, Jonnie Ryan


Date:
September 20, 2004

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Good site we enjoyed the bio on Tommy Spike Doss Grandpa to us Thankx so much Tim and Carole


Date:
September 21, 2004

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My name is Leslie Davenport and my husband's grandfather was Speed Robert's. He was a guitar player for Bob Wills. Please email any info you may have about him to lesdav1961@hotmail.com. My husband only met him once when he was about seven years old. Thanks. Loved the site!


Date:
September 23, 2004

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Great Site! Keep it going. -Larry Shaeffer Cains Ballroom Tulsa, OK


Date:
September 25, 2004

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There is no one that is a bigger fan of Bob Wills than me. In the 1940's and 1950's we would drive 100 miles over dirt roads to go to a dance that Bob was playing at. I was raised on a cow outfit in central Texas, where I still live. I will be in Ruidoso Oct 7th to see the playboy's play again. Thanks for the website.


Date:
September 29, 2004

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hi, I'm looking for re-mastered recordings of the band. Where can i find a good selection of these. Tks Gilles


Date:
September 30, 2004

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My great uncle was "Preacher" Harkness and from things heard I was told he played fiddle with Bob Wills. Please write back of his time spent. Thank You! Christopher Ray Harkness


Date:
October 05, 2004

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it dont matter who is in austin..bob wills is still the king...waylon jennings


Date:
October 05, 2004

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I tried to send an e-mail to you and I don't know if it went through. It refered to an activity we are having here in Puerto Rico that will celebrate Bob's music. I am so glad to see that there is a web site dedicated to Jim Rob's music and his contribution to our musical heritage. Troy W. Fields troywfields@hotmail.com


Date:
October 13, 2004

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Glad to see a web site about the great Bob Wills, I grew up in Stephenville, TX and the Holly Bros use to cut my hair when I was a young boy. Johnny Gimble cut my hair when I lived in McGregor, Tx, he was going to barber school in Waco. He has just quit the Texas Playboy band. Let's keep the Wills music alive as well other great country music stars. Art Williams - Houston, Texas


Date:
October 14, 2004

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Just found the website. I have been a Bob Wills fan all my life. Born in 1953, I never had the pleasure of seeing Bob Wills in person, but have attended almost every Bob Wills day celebration for the past 25 years. I'm proud Jody Nix and Asleep at the Wheel are carrying on the tradition of western swing. There has to be some music worth listening to. I look forward to searching the website more. Tommy Hodges, Mercury, Texas(the true Heart of Texas)


Date:
October 14, 2004

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Great site, keep up the good work! My Father was Jimmie Widener, who sang and played tenor banjo, guitar, and sang with Bob for many years. I'm sure he would have really got a kick out of this site. Thank you, Jim Widener.


Date:
October 15, 2004

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Greetings, What a great web site. I enjoyed it so very much. My Uncle met Bob in West Texas, became close friends, began getting them dances, and later moved with them to Tulsa where he became their announcer, booking agent, and manager. His name is O.W.Mayo. I have great memories of visits to see my Uncle in Tulsa, going to Cain's, and attending the band's radio broadcasts. My Uncle wrote one of the songs which Bob recorded called " Blues For Dixie" Thanks for providing such a great website. Cordially, Tom Mayo Las Vegas, Nv. tomayo@cox.net


Date:
October 16, 2004

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I like George Strait! He is today's Bob Wills I think..... He is also a true Texan and as Country as Country gets. He sings traditional Country Anyone agree? Please E-Mail and tell. Joplin, MO


Date:
October 16, 2004

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Eddie McAlvain from Wichita Falls is the best band for playing Bob Wills music. He is at Turkey in the springtime.samjones@bluebonnet.net


Date:
October 20, 2004

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Great site. I'll be back Milan, Melbourne, Australia


Date:
October 21, 2004

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I wanted to ask is if Merle Haggard ever sang with the Texas Playboys. I swear that I heard him sing on a song or two. Was that Merle Haggard? Joplin, MO 

Merle did do a tribute album of Bob Wills songs and later, in 1973 appeared as a guest vocalist on the Bob Wills "For The Last Time" album. Merle Haggard was heavily influenced by Bob Wills. 

The trouble you have had posting last couple nights is due to some idiot leaving hate messages on this forum that I have to edit out. I turn off the ability to write to this page when this clown starts adding his trash. I wish he would grow up and get a life!


Date:
October 21, 2004

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Hi Sam Jones, Yes, Eddie McAlvain and the Mavericks are the best. They just did a show for our private party this week-end and we knew we had booked the best. So glad to know there other "opinioned Wills fans". Maurice Northen, Belton, TX


Date:
October 21, 2004

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Thanks for answering my question. Sorry to hear about the clown. He just needs to get off our site and join the circus. You have a great site and do not need him. Thanks for answering my question. Great site Joplin, MO


Date:
October 22, 2004

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Wonderful site! I think that western swing is traditional country music and you do not hear much of it anymore. Isn't that a shame?  Really like this site and will visit often! Ken


Date:
October 23, 2004

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Excellent site! Keep up the good work!


Date:
October 23, 2004

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BOB WILLS IS STILL THE KING! And always will be.


Date:
October 24, 2004

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I love country music and Bob Wills is one of all time favorites. Pittsburg, KS


Date:
October 24, 2004

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If you are ever in Pittsburg, KS tune to Classic Country 860 AM KKOW. They play all you Classic Country including Bob Wills. They cater to this kind of music. Dan Willis is the Best morning guy also. Been there 40 Years! Pittsburg, KS


Date:
October 24, 2004

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If you like swing music and you got the chance to go you would have loved the music fest at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO this year. They had several western swing groups there. One of my favorites was the Les Gilman Band. They did a lot of Bob Wills numbers. They also allowed people to get up and dance and let me tell you almost everyone in the whole place was up and dancing. It was a real good time. They will have another festival there next fall. Hope you can attend this. Again this is at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. Where Country Music lives on.


Date:
October 24, 2004

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I was looking at another site and noticed that if Bob Wills would have lived he would be 100 this coming March. I think the date is March 5th or 6th. I think someone ought to put something real special on here to commemorate that in some way. That would be kool. Hope you can keep that in mind. Again Hope we can do something special to mark the 100th birthday of Bob Wills coming up in March. Josh


Date:
October 24, 2004

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I am looking for some old 8 tracks of Bob Wills. Does anyone know where I could find some? It is hard to find 8 tracks anymore. Does anyone know where I could find some? Gary Chicago, IL


Date:
October 26, 2004

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Bob Wills is the roots of Country! Hope y'all agree


Date:
October 26, 2004

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Does anyone know the name of the horse in the picture above on this site? I would like to know

That's Punkin - check this link : http://www.texasplayboys.net/Biographies/punkin.htm


Date:
October 26, 2004

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Wonderful site and great ideas! Keep up the fine job. BRETT JAMES from Kansas


Date:
October 26, 2004

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BRETT JAMES Just want to sign your guestbook. Like it very much!


Date:
October 26, 2004

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Great Site!


Date:
October 27, 2004

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Great Site! Love all the comments! PILLOW Austin TX


Date:
October 27, 2004

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Punkin. Thanks for telling me and thanks for the web site. Enjoyed that. Again Thanks Your Buddy Joplin, MO


Date:
October 27, 2004

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When Did Bob Wills record the Album For The Last Time? Does anyone know?

That great album was recorded December 3rd and 4th, 1973 in Dallas, Texas.
Bob was only present the first day of this recording, as he suffered a stroke that night. This album is a MUST HAVE for your collection.


Date:
October 28, 2004

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An informative site and tribute. I was raised on my Granddad's Arrowhead Dude Ranch in upstate New York in the 1950s and Bob Wills is the "sound" I remember. Now that's Real Cowboy music coming from the Dance Hall.


Date:
October 28, 2004

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Believe it or not I have that Album For The Last Time. It is the only album I have that I could find. Guess I picked a good one. I really like it when Bob hollared "Oh Yea"! I get a kick out of that. However I did not know that Bob suffered a stroke the first night of the recordings. Is that what lead to his death? By the way it was recorded in 1973. That is also the year I was born. So that album is as old as me. 31 years. Not too many my age even listen to Bob Wills but my roots are country and I am glad of that. I do have good taste.


Date:
October 28, 2004

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I really wish Country Radio would not be so selective in what they play and so wrapped up in all this " New Country " So called and would go back to playing Bob Wills. This stuff they call Country now is not Country at all like Bob Wills and I wish Country Radio would go back to playing more of the older Country that is Country. I like Bob Wills and if some of us today do not tell Country Radio to play more of it I am afraid it will be gone forever and that would be a shame. Hope you agree with me. Joplin,MO


Date:
October 28, 2004

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Hey I seen you last name is Bishop. We know some people in our church here in Joplin that their last name is Bishop also. Would you be any kin to them? Please let me know Joplin MO

Sorry, I don't have any relatives in your area. I live in Tulsa. Thanks for asking - Robert


Date:
October 28, 2004

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I love this site! Great Job!


Date:
October 29, 2004

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I'm originally from El Paso (Now live in Dallas) but I met a guitar player from the Texas Playboys a long time ago who now lives in El Paso. Would you happen to know his name? It's been such a long time. He was a damn good picker, one of the best I have seen. He still plays and I want to see him when I go back.


Date:
October 30, 2004

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I was watching a show on country outlaws and was wondering do you know if Bob Wills was ever an outlaw? I was curious to know if he ever had run ins with the law. Joplin,MO

As the legend goes, Bob Wills had a few run-ins with the law in his younger days, but apparently not a frequent problem when he got older. One occasion is described in Townsend's book on page 249. It tells how Bob was sentenced to three days in jail in Lubbock, Texas. The sheriff, being an avid Bob Wills fan, put Bob in jail at five minutes until midnight one day, kept him all the next day, the released him at five minutes after midnight the next day. So his three day sentence was served in twenty-four hours and ten minutes.


Date:
October 31, 2004

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That is a KOOL way to serve 3 days in Jail. Thanks for the info! That answers the question Thanks Joplin,MO


Date:
November 01, 2004

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Bob Wills is STILL the King. I open my radio show with the Texas Playboys every weekday morning. Wakes me up so I can wake the Cumberland Valley up. --joel kabik 104.7 WAYZ Radio


Date:
November 01, 2004

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WAYZ What city are you in?

Greencastle, PA - http://www.wayz.com


Date:
November 01, 2004

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I hear they have a good country station in Tulsa called Big Country 99.5 but do not know much about it. Can sometimes pick it up on a car radio only here in Joplin. Comes in snowy at that. I think It is something I might like but do not know. Please tell me what it is like and what they play. Would love to learn more about it. Joplin,MO

Station KXBL plays the country hits from 1950's - today. Probably the best FM in Tulsa right now. Usual assortment of George Straight, Kenny Rogers, etc.
Here's their site: http://www.bigcountry995.com


Date:
November 04, 2004

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I became aware of Bob Wills when I was about ten years old and started buying all of his records. I sometimes had to hitch hike to Camden, AR to buy them, which was 30 miles from Tinsman, AR. Since then I have amassed tons of recordings, live shows dances, movies and pictures and you name it. Thanks K O Bowen. I love this web site and keep up the good work. 


Date:
November 04, 2004

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This is such a wonderful history of Cammeron. I loved Bob Wills and have some of his music. Thank you so much for sending it to me. Jeanie Moore Horseshoe Bend, Ar.


Date:
November 04, 2004

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I checked out KXBL's web site and I sure wish they reached a little further to serve me here in Joplin! Sure do love what they play! Do you ever listen to Rick Jackson though? We get it here in Joplin on KBTN 99.7. Do you ever listen to it? It is GREAT! Joplin,MO

Yes, I listen to Rick Jackson here as well on his syndicated show. Several months ago he was asked who he felt were the most influential country music recording artists and his response is as follows:

1) Jimmie Rodgers
2) Roy Acuff
3) Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys


Date:
November 06, 2004

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Robert, Just want to tell you to be sure to catch Rick Jackson next week Nov 13 and 14. His feature is hall of fame stars. It was on here in Joplin this morning on 99.7 KBTN and he said that was the feature next week. Check it out. Its going to be a good one I'm sure. Joplin,MO


Date:
November 07, 2004

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I bought your cd Take Me Back To Tulsa from CDON.com, and it was awesome! T: Erkki Turku, Finland


Date:
November 07, 2004

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What was some of Bob Wills favorite foods to eat? Does anyone know?


Date:
November 07, 2004

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To the greatest Western Swing Band ever, I wish it was all new again.


Date:
November 07, 2004

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Brad Paisley has a new song on his CD it is called Spaghetti Western Swing. Just thought I would mention this if anyone has heard it.


Date:
November 07, 2004

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Bob Wills is #1 BAR NONE! THE BEST!


Date:
November 08, 2004

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Robert: Thank you for you continued love for Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. My dad, Jesse McBay and his brothers, Bobby, Billy, Aubrey, Charles, Paul "Teenie" all grew up with Bob Wills and played music with him throughout Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, after returning from their world tours after WW II. The McBay Brothers were from a farming family of 17 children and starting their own families post war was as difficult as any one living during that time. They left traveling the road and started their own families. However, keeping up with the Will's family was a continued friendship that lasted their lifetimes. The entire Wills' family were very endearing people and once you met Bob Wills he was just forever a member of your own family. I am now myself fifty years old. All of that generation is going, and a lot of my generation is fleeing this world. All music will live forever, any style, the music of the 50's, 60's, and 70's will forever linger in the true hearts of our southern heritage. Long live the king. David Wayne McBay Richardson, Texas USA


Date:
November 08, 2004

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How do I send a Message to Jessie A. Morris that responded to one of my messages back in July 15, 2004? He asked me about a label. I can't seem to make a reply for things in the archives. Correct? thanks tammy tfariss@austin.rr.com

The archived sections maxed out in size, so we removed the ability to add to the archived section.
You can reach Jesse A. Morris at tiffanytra@aol.com

Also check out his website www.westernswingjournal.com for the top western swing publication in the world! 


Date:
November 09, 2004

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who is that riding the horse in the picture at the top of the page?
So is Bob Wills a real cowboy? Was wondering that also.
Who are the other guys? And is Merle Haggard in there?

That's Bob Wills on Punkin', then left to right is Don Harlan, Woody Wood, Danny Alguire, Alex Brashear, Wayne Johnson, Tommy Duncan, Louie Tierney, Eldon Shamblin, Gene Tomlins, Al Stricklin, Benny Strickler, Darrell Jones, Leon McAuliffe, Red Agnew and O.W. Mayo. Photo was taken late 1941, so Merle Haggard wasn't there. Bob was not a cowboy by profession, of course, but he was an avid horseman, whose hobby was training mules and working with horses in his younger days.


Date:
November 10, 2004

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This is just great! I've visited many Bob Wills & Western Swing sites & yours is as good as any and better than many. I am an expatriate Texan living in DC where i have spent the last 24 years spreading the Gospel of Western Swing to friends & acquaintances. I am also the father of two Bob Wills fans, one 12 and the other 10, to both of whom I used to (and sometimes still) sing Roly Poly. Keep the faith! All best, Greg Luce, National geographic, Washington, DC


Date:
November 10, 2004

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When was Bob Wills birthday?

March 6, 1905


Date:
November 10, 2004

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Thanks! Guess he would have been 100 this coming March 6th. Right? If so will you plan to have something special here to commemorate that?


Date:
November 10, 2004

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Where was the picture at the top taken at?

Not really sure, but I suspect that was a publicity shot perhaps made in Tulsa.


Date:
November 10, 2004

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Did Bob Wills ever win any CMA awards and what awards if he did?

Bob was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame October 18, 1968


Date:
November 11, 2004

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I really love Bob Will´s music! How I wonder to have lived in the 50´s to enjoy his music. I first knew about his music when I was 12 years old in 1977 and since then I am really hooked on the Texas Swing!! Carlos Gutierrez Monterrey, Mexico


Date:
November 11, 2004

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Did Bob Wills ever serve in the Military? Or do you know? - yes, in the Army
What breed of horse is Punkin? - see this link: http://www.texasplayboys.net/Biographies/punkin.htm
What is Bob Wills Most famous song? - San Antonio Rose


Date:
November 11, 2004

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Wonder Site you have! Dale Topeka, KS


Date:
November 11, 2004

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San Antonio Rose. I have the Cd For The Last Time. That song is on there. Is that the original recording of it on that CD or a remake of it? Please let me know. Thank You.

The original was an instrumental version of "San Antonio Rose" recorded Nov. 28, 1930.
Bob later had several band members, with most assistance from trumpeter Everett Stover, write words to the tune and it was then again recorded April 16, 1940 as "New San Antonio Rose" which was an immediate hit and Bob was awarded a gold record for this. Tommy Duncan did the singing on this version. The version you have on the "For The Last Time" album was recorded December 4, 1973 with vocals by Leon Rausch.


Date:
November 11, 2004

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Robert, I wanted to let you know that I heard here some time back on KITO 96.1 FM out of Vinita OK that they do a tribute to Bob Wills each day at noon. Can you pick up KITO 96.1 FM? Was wondering if you could. If you can you might try to listen to that. I have not heard it myself as I am at work every day but if you can pick up KITO 96.1 FM give this a try. I guess they are still doing it. Joplin,MO

I've tried to listen to station KITO in Vinita but the signal isn't strong enough in Tulsa. I know I've missed some good programs!


Date:
November 12, 2004

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Love your website. I really think you need to add the bio for Herb Remington who lives here in Houston, and still plays great swing music around town. Thanks. Steve - Houston


Date:
November 12, 2004

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Robert, I thought KITO and Vinita was closer to Tulsa. Guess it is closer to Joplin. Anyway KITO is a good station! They play lots of classic country. Joplin MO


Date:
November 13, 2004

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I found out about Bob Wills and many great other artists from Hank's Place XM channel 13. Such incredible wonderful music. Thanks for your dedication to Bob Wills. Tom "Double T" Schafer


Date:
November 15, 2004

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Great site! Sam Adams Tampa, FL


Date:
November 15, 2004

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Did Bob Wills ever record a Christmas Album? Was wondering.

No, just a few songs


Date:
November 15, 2004

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Truly a great talent. The music industry has lots to be thankful for. Your talent is needed more in today's music. Your talent is timeless.


Date:
November 15, 2004

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That is very true. I wish more of today's artists would do Western Swing. Wish more of today's people were like Bob Wills. Bob Wills is still the king! Bob Wills will never die! The music lives on. Hope you agree.


Date:
November 17, 2004

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This is wonderful site! My grandfather was a very big fan of Bob Wills. He and my grandmother used to dance to Bob's music all the time. They even got me started on Bob Wills music as a kid. It turned me on to country music and I still listen to country today. I am 35 and love the music. Bob Wills is my all time favorite by the way. Thanks for the wonderful site. Keep up the good work. You are doing a great job. Ralph, South Bend, Indiana.  Love the site and keep up the good work

Thanks for the nice words Ralph - we had a problem with some idiot posting hate messages this morning, so I had to set the guestbook where nobody could add messages for a little while. 


Date:
November 17, 2004

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Was Bob Wills ever married? I have never heard if he was or not. Was wondering if he was ever married? By the way I am so glad I found this site! I love it very much. You guys sure do a wonderful job here. Tom Watts Wichita, KS

Bob Wills was actually married six times, to five different women. His final and longest-lasting marriage was to Betty. They married in August 1942 and stayed married until Bob's death in May 1975.


Date:
November 18, 2004

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My daddy Oliver Banks loved Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys all his life. He died last month at age 90 and my brother and I played two of Bob's best at his funeral, Faded Love and Take me back to Tulsa. I can just see daddy and momma dancing around the floor at the old Trianon Ballroom in Oklahoma City to Bob and His Texas Playboys. Charlotte Banks@tinker.af.mil


Date:
November 18, 2004

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What is Bob Wills full name? I was wondering if you knew.

Bob was given the same name as his fiddling great-uncle, James Robert Wills. Bob's family and friends called him Jim Rob.


Date:
November 19, 2004

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I grew up in Washington County, Arkansas and listened to Bob and The Playboys every day I was able to at 12:15 on KVOO Tulsa on the battery radio for many years ,would love to hear it again. Ben Davidson, Surprise, Arizona


Date:
November 19, 2004

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I tried to click here earlier and it said that this site forbidden and would not access this site on my server and would not let me in what would cause that? Love the site however. How can I though fix the problem? I want to to visit this sight often. What would cause such the problem? Again great site! Love the work and all the nice comments here

I've recently had to block out a troublemaker from making rude comments on this board. I may have temporarily blocked out a few nice people though, while further investigating this guy. I hope I now have this corrected and you have full access. You may contact me clicking here if you have any more difficulty. Thanks for your understanding.

 


Date:
November 19, 2004

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I tried again and have gotten through. You have a wonderful site and you are a great person. Hopefully things will go smooth for you. Hopefully that rude person is gone. Too bad some bad cooks have to spoil the soup for others. This is a great site and I will visit you often.


Date:
November 19, 2004

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Did Bob Wills have any children or Grand children? Was wondering

Bob had five daughters and one son. I'm not really sure how many grandchildren.


Date:
November 19, 2004

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Robert, you have such a beautiful site and always remember that there are people like me who would never disrespect you and the members of this great site. I think it's a real pity when someone has to make a rude entry but you are doing the right thing in blocking them. I am 20 years old and I have always loved Bob Wills and my life totally hanged when I heard Faded Love for the first time ever. I remember thinking what a voice Tommy Duncan has! I really get a kick everytime I hear Bob holler and I love the way he does Bubbles In My Beer. If any of you would like to Email me my Email address is maheen5894@sympatico.ca
I will look forward to hearing from you! I have been blind all my life. Sincerely, Maheen.


Date:
November 22, 2004

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I live 1 mi from the Broken Spoke since 2001. Wish Bob Will could be hear there.


Date:
November 23, 2004

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I am 14 and I am in an Oklahoma History class and I am doing a report over Bob Wills and this web site has helped me a lot with his biography and the pictures. Thanks


Date:
November 25, 2004

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Oh!!! I would really love to correspond with you! You'll never know how touched I was to read your message I am so delighted that there are fans even under the age of 20 who loves Bob Wills and his music! You sound like a great, great person and I sure would love to contact you! If I can help you in any way, please don't hesitate to let me know for I really and truly love helping younger folks out who appreciate the old time country and western swing music. My Email is maheen5894@sympatico.ca May God bless you and I will look forward to hearing from you! God bless this person, what a thrill to read such a great great entry. Now he's going to introduce all his friends and probably his teacher to the great Bob Wills. I am so delighted to see this happening. It is these kind of people we need in this world instead of having teenagers to listen to this awful filth that is coming out in music now.


Date:
November 27, 2004

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your site is great. Darrell wells clinton okla.


Date:
December 05, 2004

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Hello again, I enjoy reading comments from your readers, but there hasn't been anything new for some time now, Is there some one under the weather, gone on vacation, Or the readers getting Lazy? Come on folks, make my day, Give us something to read! Frances Varner


Date:
December 05, 2004

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Great Site, I just found it while surfing the Web. Have been collecting Bob Wills music since the mid 70's and have quite a collection. Have been to Turkey most every year since 1980, think I missed 3 years during that time. John N. Wood, Sulphur, OK jwood3335@juno.com


Date:
December 10, 2004

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I thank. I'm so happy to see your web-pages. and...i wonder.. Bob died after..wifes and kids sings HYMN or GOSPELS? i got 30cmLP "Bob Wills' Family" Please someone answer to me this question. i'm 50years old JAPANESE western-swing fan.

The gospel group "Bob Wills Family" is not the same group as the western swing Bob Wills. This is not his wife and kids singing.  


Date:
December 11, 2004

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Thank you! Great Work!


Date:
December 14, 2004

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Great job, my Dad was Dale Burkett, and played with Hoyle Nix, and a little while with Bob Wills


Date:
December 18, 2004

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Just found this site, I am 75 years old, Johnnie Lee was my neighbor here in Rogers county when he died, We rented Bob's home on North Gary in Tulsa in the late 40's. Always listen to the Wills music when living in Pawhuska as a kid, walk home from school for lunch and the radios just blaring that good music at noon time. Work at Stanoland Oil at 5th and Boston, Bob & Johnnie's sister worked there. When living in Las Vegas Bob was playing at the Golden Nugget, His sister was there , I walked up to her and said I think I know you, she said do you live in Phoenix, I said no, Tulsa, she said so did I, I said it was strange seeing you and Bob both from Tulsa, she said he is my brother, Oh yes I remember now-- later years I visited her in Tulsa at the Western Store. Cass Carr--The Oklahoma Plowboy


Date:
December 20, 2004

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I am the granddaughter of one of Bob's playboys. Johnny Manson played fiddle for Bob and also for the Ray Price Band. Thanks for supporting this old country music. Tina Padar


Date:
December 20, 2004

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Leon will always be a great inspiration to all the non pedal steel guitar players in the world. David Dean White http://www.garageband.com/user/DavidDeanWhite


Date:
December 21, 2004

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JUST FOUND YOUR WEBSITE WHILE LOOKING FOR KEVIN COFFEY. I AM VERY PROUD OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING. I GREW UP ON THIS MUSIC AND IT RUNS THROUGH MY VEINS. LIKE HANK JR SAID, "I'M PROUD OF MY DADDY'S NAME". FORGIVE ME FOR BRAGGIN,  BUT MY DADDY PLAYED PIANO FOR THE OLD MAN IN 1949-50. HIS NAME IS DOC LEWIS. WE LOST HIM ON JANUARY 29, 1998. HE PLAYED HIS LAST JOB WITH THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS AND CLYDE BREWER AND RIVER ROAD BOYS ON DECEMBER 6, 1997 IN ROCKDALE, TEXAS. KEVIN IF YOU'RE OUT THERE EMAIL ME. ANYONE ELSE WHO IS INTERESTED IN WESTERN SWING IS ALSO WELCOME TO DROP ME A LINE. THANKS RUSTY LEWIS EMAIL: rustyl@tconline.net


Date:
December 28, 2004

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This was cool running into your website. I was looking up some old players I knew from Iowa when I came upon this site. I had the most awesome opportunity to play bass for a concert in Sioux Falls, SD that featured Tiny Moore, Eldon Shamblin and Jethro Burns back in the early 80s. We did some stuff from Back to Back and Jethro's albums, as well as some of their standards. I woodshedded for weeks. They blew into town and changed half of the material during our two hour practice. We went to dinner and then took to the stage. I was in nerve-wracking hog heaven. Neil Isaacson, Eugene, OR


Date:
January 01, 2005

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well done/ I used to play drums with the wee three group with Bill Jourdan booked by Sam Gibbs. I did not know that there was a book about the Miller Bros band. thanks to your site i now have a book and discovered a cd of them. thank you. Todd Hall


Date:
January 01, 2005

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I love this web site and think it's a great resource for info. I had just been introduced to western swing not too long ago. I'm only 16 yrs old and I live in Arlington, TX but I LOVE BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS!!!! and I think this site is just so much fun.


Date:
January 04, 2005

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All hail the king! Great site. Western Swing Artist Cami Stinson


Date:
January 06, 2005

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I really like this web site. I was born in Tulsa in 1951, 2nd son of Texas Playboy Bob Lee, and raised in Oklahoma City. Now working for the Oklahoma Historical Society, I am fortunate to meet countless Bob Wills fans of all ages from all walks of life from around the world; an incredible testimony to the impact these guys have made on music history. To those who seem worried about Bob Wills music becoming lost in time, I say "I don't think so!"


Date:
January 08, 2005

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Thanks for the "Bob Wills-Texas Playboys" web site. I've lived in Fort Worth,Tx. for the past 54 years. I grew up in Ardmore,Ok. and went to many dances in that area. Bob Wills was always the very BEST. I also went through the Fort Sill Reception Center with Bob Wills in December 1942. We sat around on the street curb and talked about the good times at some of the dances in Healdton,Ok. and Ardmore,Ok. Leroy Wages-Fort Worth,Texas-January,2005


Date:
January 08, 2005

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What a great site! My grandfather was Burton"Lefty" Groves. I was wondering if anyone had stories, pics, or remembered him. I would love to hear. Email at yayagerl@earthlink.net Thanks! Lelya


Date:
January 08, 2005

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Date: February 04, 2004 Comments I'm wondering if anyone has information about the piano player, John "Smokey" Wood, who I believe played with the band for a short while. I recently found a lyric in the Woody Guthrie archives titled "Smokey Woods" and I believe it's about the musician John "Smokey" Wood. Woody writes about a childhood friend of his from Okemah, OK who taught him how to play harmonica, etc. Just trying to figure out if it's the one and the same! Much appreciated!! Woody Guthrie Archives woodyguthrie.org I am replying to the above post that was on Texas Playboys Website. My daddy , Burton "Lefty" Groves, was also born in Okemah, Oklahoma. He was friends with both Smokey Woods and Woody Guthrie. He came to Texas in the Band with Smokey Woods. They stayed in touch through the years. I have a photo and a tape recording of the Modern Mountaineers with both Smokey Woods playing the piano, and my father, "Lefty" Groves on guitar. It was recorded on Blue Bird Records in San Antonio Texas on March 1st, 1937. He visited with my grandparents when they left Okemah and moved from Hanford California to truck farm. He visited over Christmas in their home, with Woody Guthrie, approx 1950 - 1952. He stayed with them until the summer and rode a motorcycle from Hanford California, to our home in Splendora, Texas. The last time I saw him he had a bandana wrapped around his head .. I guess what would be now known as a "do rag". He and Daddy liked the Texas Swing, and Woody liked folk. They had a friendship that lasted. I am sure that "THAT" Smokey Woods was who Woody Guthrie was referring too. Sincerely, Beverly Groves Guinn


Date:
January 10, 2005

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I have loved Bob Wills' music since I was a teenager. The first time I saw Bob Wills was at a performance he gave in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He was battling the bottle then, too. They helped him into a chair on stage and handed him his fiddle, the rest is history! What a performance! Kathryn Davoult, Las Vegas, NV.


Date:
January 11, 2005

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Hello Bob Wills Fans, I knew Bob Wills and was around him from 1945 until about 1957. Bob wills was not a drunk. He was a periodical alcoholic which meant he couldn't take even a taste of alcohol. In the time I was around , I think I knew of him falling off the wagon one time. One of the band members stayed with Bob, and kept him clear away from the band stand. I used to be back stage on intermission, Bob would be back stage, sober, just talking, a gentleman such as it's hard to find Now days. Then go back out front , and hear drunks talking about, Old Bob being so drunk he can hardly stand up!! I'm sick and tired of hearing people making up these kind of stories, I don't know why more of his friends don't stick up for him!! Bob Wills wasn't a drunken sot as some would have you believe, If he did happen to fall off the wagon, He didn't come on the bandstand!!!! not when I knew him. fvarner@pcslink.com


Date:
January 15, 2005

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This site looks great! I was born in Stillwater OK raised in Tulsa from about two. I had the good fortune to frequent a music store [The Guitar House] where Eldon Shamblin was the repair man and the legendary guitarist Tommy Crook worked out front. I remember lying in bed and hearing the radio show live from Cain's Ballroom opening with that famous line "Take it away, Leon" Mike, Thunder Bay Ontario


Date:
January 15, 2005

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i was so happy that i got to find this web-site of Bob Wills! he is my great uncle! and i was born on his b-day! that is like a gift to me! march 6 same b-day that is really cool! i am his best family fan and i will always remember u and the rest of the Texas Playboys! love your niece Kelsey s.


Date:
January 15, 2005

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Really like this site. My dad was a big Bob Wills and Leon McAuliffe fan. I patterned my style of steel guitar playing after Leon. He was a big inspiration to me. This site brings back fond memories. Thanks, Mike Lester


Date:
January 20, 2005

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even us youngsters (25) still love your guys music and look forward to seeing you play at the Greenbay 50's fest. Goodbye and see you later from WA!! dave & dawn


Date:
January 20, 2005

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Great web site. I especially like the biography, which I have printed off for my wife to read. We went to hear Asleep at the Wheel two nights ago here in the DC suburbs. They did a show at the Birchmere in Alexandria VA, before ging on to play for the Inaugural festivities. AATW has done so much to help keep alive the Bob Wills sound, both in their shows and their tribute album. But I'm certain Mr Benson would be the first to say that "Bob Wills is still the king." Bert Johnson San Antonio, Texas living in Alexandria, VA


Date:
January 20, 2005

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Nice site. My dad was a huge fan of Bob Wills. I grew up with all those songs. Thanks Jason Endicott


Date:
January 21, 2005

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I am the grandson of "Sleepy" C.G. Johnson.He played with Bob when they were the Light Crust Dough Boys and the really early years of the playboys. I was looking for pictures to add to my collection. I enjoyed your site. Ill be back. Darryl Throne


Date:
January 21, 2005

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Your web site is so cool :) I'm in Spokane, Wa ... PS Brigette R .


Date:
January 22, 2005

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Web site is Super. have a good many Records and Tapes of Bob's Music . I have listened to KVOO many Nights. Charles W.Smith


Date:
January 25, 2005

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Great site; my father, Jerry Duwayne Howard (drums) was one of the Texas Playboys for a short time and he'll be pleased to know about this site. sincerely, Mark A. Howard thedarkness411@yahoo.com


Date:
January 30, 2005

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My name is Lee Ann and I am a college student doing a project on Panther Hall in Fort Worth Texas, if there is anything anyone can share or tell me how to obtain some photos, that would be great! Lee Ann Belzner BFagl@aol.com


Date:
January 30, 2005

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I HEARD BOB WILLS THE FIRST TIME ON A CD THAT WAS AN XMAS GIFT IN THE LATE 90S CALLED "CLASSIC COUNTRY, ORIGINAL HITS , ORI. ARTISTS".  I'VE BEEN LOOKING SINCE THEN FOR MORE BOB WILLS SONGS AND NO STORE IN MY AREA CARRIES THEM.  DOES ANY HAVE A SOURCE FOR CDS OF BOB , I CAN BE REACHED AT embarado@intergate.com


Date:
February 06, 2005

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I found this website due to a report at school. I have come to like it, and it think that is very informative. I like the way the page is organized and it reallly shows that a lot of work has been dedicated to this webpage. I have not been able to listen to this great band, but i am looking forward to buy some of its cds. GREAT JOB.


Date:
February 08, 2005

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Good work on the site. Along with my Dad, I attended the Bob Wills Day in Turkey, Texas in 1983. Great times. Bob Wills was the background music growing up in my house. Terry Wolfe San Antonio, Texas


Date:
February 08, 2005

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i had met paul i think his last name was wiggins ..said he was lead guitar player for bob wills...he is a nice man and had went to a jam session and got to sing with his band.


Date:
February 09, 2005

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I'm a city boy from Philly but friends of mine from the great state of Texas have recommended Mr Wills' music ... I'm excited to learn about West Texas Swing and enjoy the tunes!


Date:
February 10, 2005

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I was working on our genealogy and came across my great uncle fletcher obit and it said that he owned the "Autotel Blue Room" back in the forties and had Bob Wills, PeeWee King and I believe Jerry Collins come through there to play. Ya'll have a great site with lots of hard work put into it. Patsy Anderson Bolden patsybilly33@yahoo.com


Date:
February 11, 2005

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My Dad is a fan of Jimmie Widener and was trying to find some of the songs he loved so well. "I'm All Through Trusting You" was among his favorite. Would really like to know where this song and any others that Mr Widener recorded if possible. aurora498@aol.com


Date:
February 14, 2005

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Want to tell you that Classic Country 99.7 KBTN-FM Here in Joplin has a new Program Director and his name is Shawn Stevens. He has taken the station to ALL country classics finally. He has a good deal of Bob Wills in the line up now and boy it is good! If you are ever in Joplin please tune your radio to Classic Country 99.7 KBTN-FM. You will love it. Joplin,MO


Date:
February 14, 2005

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We think you have a great web site here in honor of Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys. Great pictures, and we've enjoyed reading all of the biographies. Redd Stewart, one of Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys, and lead vocalist would be proud to see this site in honor of one of his friends... Bob Wills. We have launched a tribute site to the late Redd Stewart at: www.reddstewart.com and have included a great picture of Redd with Bob Wills and others on our "photo gallery page 2." Bill (Redd's son) & Sharon Stewart


Date:
February 15, 2005

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Great website....spent all morning at work reading it and finding out many things about bob wills and his playboys.....I love his music and hope the Texas swing style lives forever....Cliff in Nederland, Texas


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February 17, 2005

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Al Stricklin was my Grandfather's first cousin.I actually went to a Stricklin's family reunion and heard him play but I was about 16 at the time and didn't really appreciate it. Do you or anyone else have any info about Al Stricklin's family? Thanks C. Stricklin, Austin, Texas. c.amato@sbcglobal.net


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February 18, 2005

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Greetings TPB Net, Wow, what a resource. I stumbled across your site while researching Tiny Moore via Google. Thank you for the hard work and dedication. Mike Bassett February 18, 2005


Date:
February 21, 2005

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COOL!!! kjbenn@hotmail.com (michigan)


Date:
February 21, 2005

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i'm a social justice activist and graduate student at an east coast ivy league. i only say this because i'd be the last person one might expect to enjoy bob and his boys. thank you all so much for maintaining this wonderful american music. peace.


Date:
February 21, 2005

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Robert, You sure do a good job with this site. Really enjoy it Thanks for all you do. Your Friend in Joplin, MO


Date:
February 21, 2005

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Hi, In the late 40s Bob Wills & His Brother Billy Jack Wills would perform at Wills Point, a dance hall in Sacramento, California. Good Times I shall never forget. vrg527lor@aol.com


Date:
February 22, 2005

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bob wills days in turkey tx has to be the funnest time in the world.if you have not attended, you should!! darinfisher/enid oklahoma


Date:
February 24, 2005

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I remember listening to his music with my parents and grandpa. I love it!!!


Date:
February 24, 2005

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As a boy growing up in Bristow, Ok, I remember Bob Wills and the Texas playboys arriving at Hamburger Kings, on occasion in Bristow,. What a thrill to see those great gifted men and Bob have lunch at Hamburger Kings. Before they left word got around of Bobs arrival and folks would be awestruck, Bob was a extremely popular man to the farm families. What a great talent.


Date:
February 25, 2005

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my name is walt townsend and my grandfather wrote the book san antonio rose. i am in the marine corp. and over seas, anyways i put a search for bob wills and i came up with your site. it really brings me back home to canyon tx and its one of the best sites i've seen yet. semper fi


Date:
February 26, 2005

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My name is Tommy St. John, and I am the great grandson of Joe Andrews. I just discovered this site when a friend showed it to me. I have been to many websites with info about the Texas Playboys but they never mention my grandpa. I found this one and am very happy to see that you include him in the biographies. I am very interested in his music as well as Tommy Duncan, who is my great uncle. It makes me very happy to see this information being shared. Thank you, Tommy St. John Knight2440@yahoo.com


Date:
February 26, 2005

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Enjoyed looking at website. Heard Bob and the band several times at Dessau Hall when I was in college in early fifties. C. Bowman


Date:
February 26, 2005

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Visit the Bob Wills exhibit at the Sand Springs Museum in Sand Springs, Ok. 74063. call 246-2507 February 2005


Date:
February 26, 2005

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hello robert: i am very impressed with your website. it sure does great honors for the texas playboys and the boss man. thanks for keeping it alive. billy parker journal broadcast group,tulsa

Thanks Billy! I listened to Wooley Wednesday with you and John for years!


Date:
February 26, 2005

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Very interesting Thanks


Date:
March 01, 2005

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During the early forties before I was a teen ager, we used to listen to Bob Wills from KVOO Tulsa Oklahoma on Saturday nights. We lived in SW North Dakota. That was one swinging band and being jazz fans we thought the playboys swung with the best of the big bands playing. I never got to dance to them but it must have been a lot of fun. I was happy to see your web site and will visit it in the future. kleinjan@charter.net


Date:
March 04, 2005

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My favorite web site by far. Way to go Robert you've got a winner here. I would like to see it grow and grow. My knowledge of Western Swing has quadrupled since finding this site. Keep it up guys Sincerely Jerry Wofford


Date:
March 05, 2005

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Bob Wills is definitely the King of Country.


Date:
March 05, 2005

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As we've celebrated together here at the museum today, several of us have gathered around my computer and we have THOROUGHLY enjoyed reading and remembering when as we've traveled through your web site. Former Playboy steel guitarist during 1950-51 Bobby Koefer from Bend, Oregon was here today. He looks great and was having a ball. We are going to have a special opening tomorrow...Sunday, March 6, from 10 to 3, for those who are in town for the reunion. Ahh, haa! Thanks again....Great job! Ruth Ellen Henry, Sand Springs Museum


Date:
March 05, 2005

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I remembered tomorrow would have been Bob's 100th birthday. Should be something to commemorate. Hope the open house is a good one. Wish I could make it. Joplin,MO


Date:
March 06, 2005

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The site looks good. Maybe you could include some song samples or links to samples of the music of the Play Boys. I came here from the link at NPR after listening to the story about Bob Wills today on Weekend Sunday. When very young my mother took us out to the Big D jamboree in Dallas to listen to the "Light or Lite Crust Dough Boys" Sorry I still am not sure of there name, I was never sure if it might have been the Light Crust Sto Boys" but I think they were sponsored by a Mrs. Baird's bread or a shorting maker. Anyway it is a nice site and thank you for the memories.


Date:
March 06, 2005

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My grandfather, Lee Emmons from Southern Illinois, thought Bob Wills was the greatest. Because of my grandfather, I became probably one of the youngest fans that Bob Wills had. I was born in the mid 1940's. Next to Bob Wills, I thought my grandfather was the "greatest" fiddle player in the whole world!


Date:
March 06, 2005

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We are so happy about this web site. We have been Bob Wills fans for years. Plan to be in Poteau April 1 to see Tommy Alsup, Leon Rausch and whoever. About 16 of our seniors are going from Clayton. Sorry we had to miss the 100th birthday celebration. Ramona Reed Blair is a long time personal friend of ours. Doris and Mark McIntosh


Date:
March 06, 2005

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I had the pleasure of meeting both Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan in the 1940s. Bob autographed one of his records for me, which I had for years. I was just a kid of 16 at that time, and I've been a Bob Wills fan my entire life. Today is the 100th anniversary of Bob Wills' birth, and one of the local radio stations is devoting an entire program to his music. Brings back a lot of fond memories. Happy Birthday, Bob!


Date:
March 06, 2005

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My name is Tina Walker, granddaughter of Joe & Corynne Andrews. This website is awesome!!! My son Tommy St.John found it a week or so ago. Tommy Duncan was my great uncle. My grandparents raised me (Joe & Corynne). I grew up listening to Western Swing. I also spent alot of time at the Longhorn Ballroom as a kid with my grandmother Corynne Duncan Andrews. Thank You so much for the info. It's great to know that my grandparents and great uncle have not been forgotten. Thanks again, Sincerely, Tina Walker


Date:
March 07, 2005

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Great Web site, we love Bob Wills, My mother& dad danced at clubs he played at. I still listen to his music. A friend that knew Tommy Duncan told me all kinds of stories about Bob and the band, my friend called me when Tommy passed, we all cried like babies...


Date:
March 08, 2005

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What is Bob Wills most famous song and what is his signature song?

Same answer for both questions. "San Antonio Rose"


Date:
March 09, 2005

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Bob Wills is the King! It is great to still enjoy his music! We meet many wonderful friends through this western swing music. Tulsa's birthday party at Cain's was fantastic! John and Sandi Jeffries Independence, MO 64055 sandijeffries@hotmail.com


Date:
March 11, 2005

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Great site. I am a replacement disc jockey at 89.1fm wfdu in New Jersey. The station plays a lot of country and bluegrass. I made sure to pay tribute to Bob Wills on his 100th birthday. James Rana


Date:
March 12, 2005

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I agree with the comment that Bob Wills was not a drunk. I lived next to Bob and his family in the 1950's at Wills Point. He would come over, have coffee, and talk about his life, it was very interesting. I really miss the old days but you can't go back, just remember the fond memories. I saw Skeeter Elkin, Bob's piano player..last week at a memorial service for Bill Pray, and Skeeter is doing just fine after his heart surgery. Loved you and your music-Dorothy Maher Pinkbubblez5612@yahoo.con


Date:
March 12, 2005

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San Antonio Rose. That is such a beautiful song. I love that one Thanks


Date:
March 13, 2005

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Thanks for this website. I was just listening to Bill Anderson interviewing Mel Tillis on XM radio and Mel was talking about singing with Bob. I have talked with an oldtimer here in Amarillo who used to play with a western group and he was a good friend of Bob.

Thanks for the note. I used to listen to Mel's radio station KMML when I lived in Amarillo in the early 1980's


Date:
March 13, 2005

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Did Mel Tillis and Bob Wills sing together? If they did when? I know Mel had theatre in Branson MO but when did he sing with Bob Wills? Was wondering if Mel did sing with Bob Joplin,MO

Mel Tillis did record an album with Bob Wills, then also did a couple albums of Bob Wills songs without Bob Wills. Mel was raised in Plant City, Florida where his family were pea-shellers, being paid so much a hamper for peas. The favorite artist of all the pea-shellers was Bob Wills. Mel was heavily influenced by Bob Wills.


Date:
March 13, 2005

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Is Tommy Duncan still alive?

Tommy Duncan died in 1967. He was 57 years old.


Date:
March 15, 2005

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hi - i was a long time student of Tiny Moore in Sacramento, CA during the span of the '70's. Those were fine times and the lessons of guitar and "life" from Tiny Moore stick with me today. what's the chance of getting some song snippets hosted on this site? some of the classics would be great to hear. thanks for a fine website. from San Francisco kevin


Date:
March 16, 2005

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Hi from Proctor TX. Western Swing has been the musical heart and soul in my family many generations. If Bill Strube were here to see this website he would love it just as much as I do.


Date:
March 17, 2005

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In 1975, prior to Bob's death I was working at 100,000 watt radio station KINB-FM, in Poteau (Poe-Toe), Oklahoma, the former home of Taylor's Inn, where Bob and the Playboys had played many times. (Taylor's Inn burned down a few years ago). On the Wednesday before Bob's birthday I produced and aired on KINB-FM a "Tribute" to Bob and the Playboys. Prior to the tribute I had gone to Rogers, Arkansas and interviewed Leon McAuliffe and Smoky Dacus for about two hours, with memories of dates played at Taylor's Inn etc. I also went to Tulsa and interviewed Eldon Shamblin for about an hour. I still have the reel-to-reel tapes. The tribute consisted of Bob's music and excerpts from the interviews for the first fifteen minutes of each hour throughout the day. The following Saturday night I rented Taylor's Inn from Freddie Taylor (who would never rent it to anyone else prior to or after that date). I advertised the show on the radio, got Smoky Dacus, Gene Gasaway and Wayne Ramsey to play, along with others locally and Taylor's Inn was literally packed to the walls. In the radio tribute I used songs from The Last Time" album, which I still have and it is great, to say the least. I've always been a big Bob Wills and His Texas Playboy fan and have played their records hundreds and hundreds of times throughout my radio career (1972-1985). Sincerely yours, "Diamond Don" Barnes Poteau, Oklahoma


Date:
March 17, 2005

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Will Diamond Don's show ever be syndicated? I would love to hear that one. Joplin MO


Date:
March 17, 2005

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At the age of 25 I find myself realizing a dream of writing music for a living. I give sooo much credit, and respect to the great Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. He was an innovator, originator, and eternal legend. Thanks for the site! Keep up the great work. "I'M PROUD TO BE FROM TEXAS, WHERE BOB WILLS IS STILL THE KING!!!!!"


Date:
March 18, 2005

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I am glad to see a 25 year old that likes Bob Wills music. Maybe with folks like that they will Keep Bob Wills music alive. WAY TO GO! Joplin MO


Date:
March 19, 2005

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I was just wondering if Bob Wills ever did play a concert in Joplin MO or if you knew. Would like to know. You buddy in Joplin MO

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys frequently played Joplin, every month or so when they were headquartered in this area.  Possibly his final show in Joplin was Nov. 22, 1968 where he appeared at the Memorial Hall in Joplin. Bob had just recently been elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Date:
March 19, 2005

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Did Bob Wills ever drink? Was wondering if he ever had problems with alcohol or not.

Drinking was among Bob's worst vices, and at times caused him many problems. It should be noted that there were periods Bob would go for months or even years without drinking. This part of the legend, while very real, is generally exaggerated in the legacy of Bob Wills.


Date:
March 20, 2005

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Where was Bob Will's headquarters actually located? Please let me know. Joplin Mo

During this time period I believe Bob was living in Ft. Worth


Date:
March 21, 2005

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Your site is great - you have done a terrific job. Lots of success.


Date:
March 22, 2005

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I have always loved your site!! We just got DSL yesterday and now I can cruise it even faster. Keep up the good work Robert! Your Buddy in Joplin,MO


Date:
March 23, 2005

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Let's get Leon McAuliffe, Tommy Duncan and some of the others in the Country Music Hall of Fame. They are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Why do the Nashville people keep shunning them?


Date:
March 24, 2005

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I am surprised they are not in the hall of fame. I am with you. Lets get them in there. Tell Nashville to wake up and induct them. They deserve to be in there. Joplin,MO


Date:
March 24, 2005

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Just found your site. Gives me goosebumps. It don`t get no better that this. You all did a fantastic job. I sent an e-mail to Buddy McPeters and told him he had a great site. He wrote back, what site? Didn`t know I had a site. I found my mistake and notified him. Precious memories. Thanks again. Ron Z. Dobbs Sand Springs, Oklahoma. ronzdobbs@aol.com


Date:
March 25, 2005

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How many of the original Texas Playboys are still alive? if any are. Was wondering. Joplin,MO

All of THE original Texas Playboys have passed on, the last was Johnnie Lee Wills. There were also other early band members who joined after the band had been around a while that claimed the status of an "Original Texas Playboy" but they really weren't with the band at the time it was formed. These have also all passed away, the last one was Joe Frank Ferguson. 


Date:
March 26, 2005

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great site ah haa tim nemlowill


Date:
March 27, 2005

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hello , is there anyone that can tell me if there is any one of Bob Wills' band that was with the band November-December of 1945 still living? maybe Johnnie Edwards? I haven't heard any thing about him. Johnnie, if you happen to read this please contact me at my email address. there are some dates I'm trying to get straight, that you may be able to help me with!! Frances varner fvarner@pcslink.com


Date:
March 29, 2005

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I grew up in Wichita Falls and my earliest recollection of Bob wills and his band was hearing them play at a local dance hall about 1/2 mile away while sleeping in a bed with four other brother. The wind would make the music fade in and out but it was great. He left the area for California and then we heard him on the radio. Later he played regularly at the M-B Corral in Wichita Falls. Loved it! Faded Love is still my favorite song and Eldon my favorite guitar player.


Date:
March 30, 2005

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Thanks for this website. Your efforts are much appreciated by us Bob Wills fans. Will do what I can to make others aware of this interesting site.


Date:
April 03, 2005

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Man, you guys know a lot of info. I like to read this stuff. Hambone


Date:
April 04, 2005

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I plan to attend this event for the first time this year. I've heard about it my whole life through my Dad's side of the family. His cousin, Walter Lyons, started playing guitar with Bob Wills back in the fifties. I heard some of the Playboys at my great aunt's birthday party in Oklahoma a few years ago and have wanted to attend the music weekend in Turkey Creek since then. My Mom requested a song from Bob Wills once in Wichita Falls and he dedicated the song to "this little lady".


Date:
April 04, 2005

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When I was a kid growing up in Houston I remember groaning when my dad woke us up early Sunday mornings with Faded Love blaring on the record player. I've know the words by heart for at least 35 years but have really grown to love them since my father passed away 4 years ago. Your website brings back warm memories. Thanks, Michael Douglass


Date:
April 06, 2005

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The first time I heard this tremendous Band, I fell in love with Texas Swing! Ray from Saugus, Ca.


Date:
April 09, 2005

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The first time I met Bob Wills was in 1954 at a dance near Guthrie, Tx. while working on the 6666's I was a kid and he said that I was the best waltzer he had ever seen. Jim Slater Yuma, Az. (I worked on the famous Phillips Ranch near Frisco, Tx. then)


Date:
April 10, 2005

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more pics and music shop


Date:
April 14, 2005

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Web site is great, a lot of American musical history imparted. Bill Williams, Master Chief Petty Officer, USN


Date:
April 16, 2005

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What a great site! I'm glad to know about it, and hope I'll get to make some new friends here. John England www.westernswingers.com


Date:
April 16, 2005

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Really a great website for Bob Wills. Thanks ever so much. Question: I can't access the "Discussion Group" link. Is the problem with my computer or has it been "shut down"? Thanks again for this most informative website. Walt 'Doc' Wittich Waynesville, NC

The Discussion Group has been running fine lately, so not sure what may be happening. Try clicking directly on this link: 
http://www.texasplayboys.net/disc7_toc.htm

Be sure to check out the Archived Sections as well. 
Thanks, Robert


Date:
April 17, 2005

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My name is K.W.LaRue,son of Lone Star Kid with the lone star playboy's I would like any info.you might have on him. My e-mail add. lashlarue@ev1.net


Date:
April 18, 2005

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Thanks Robert, your site is such a gift for Bob Wills fans. Also want to thank you and Frances Varner for addressing Alcohol & Bob. Ticks me off when someone tries to put him down. I have been a fan of Bob and The Playboys 65 of my 75 years. Saw the Playboys, minus Bob in Eugene, OR in 1947, I still have their autographs. Whatever the reason Bob didn't appear (and we heard rumors) it did absolutely nothing to change our loyalty to him. He gave so many of us a lifetime of the greatest music that brings back memories. Marie Portland, OR


Date:
April 18, 2005

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the man 4th back to o.w mayo is my grandfather..his bio is not on here darrell e. jones -Abbey delp


Date:
April 21, 2005

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I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED BOB WILLS MUSIC. HE WAS A GREAT MAN AND ICON TO TODAY'S COUNTRY SINGERS. MY FAVORITE SONG OF HIS IS SAN ANTONIO ROSE. SINCERELY NATHAN NIBLOCK


Date:
April 22, 2005

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I see on the TV channel 13 talking about all of the old band of the 30's and 40's how great they were with so many crowds of people. But like Eldon Shamblin had said Bob Wills was playing and he went down to see how Tommy Dorsey was doing when Bob's band took a break he said they had about 300 people there but Bob's band had thousands of people. This so called music today sounds like a dog running through the kitchen knocking down all of the pots and pans yet they call it music which makes me sick. I first heard Bob and his band in the 30's and I still listen to them and will till they close the lid on me. Like I have said before these guy's of today like to play music listen to some of Bob's and they will learn a whole lot about music. Thanking Bob Wills and you. Angus McKay


Date:
April 22, 2005

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I like everything connected with Bob Wills-He was the BEST!!!! Billy Green, Snyder, Texas


Date:
April 23, 2005

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LOVED your web site !! My father passed away two years ago. He could never stop talking about when he got Bob Wills drunk before a dance in Bandara and he passed out on stage on the first song. Wish both of them were here now! texson4ever@aol.com


Date:
April 23, 2005

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A really sad story!!! What a wasted life. if it was a true story, there is nothing funny about getting someone like Bob Wills passing out drunk. That is the kind of "Big Tale" that to me seems very unfair, I don't want to argue with you people, but I just don't think this is anything but a big Tall Tale . Frances Varner


Date:
April 23, 2005

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What is there to add: We all know that Bob Wills and his boys were the greatest, or we would not be at this site. Thank you one and all for making it possible.


Date:
April 24, 2005

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I'm sorry for my letter defending Bob Wills on your Web site, (this last time) for I don't want to cause hard feelings for any of Bobs fans, they a special bunch of folk. by the way I didn't say the Play Boys were not a bunch of drunks-just Bob- HA, just kidding!!!! F.M.Varner


Date:
April 24, 2005

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Hellos ... from Turkey ! Great web page, BRAVO ! Here is a little cyber gift for you : http://my1.8m.net ( Music ) All the best, Babacool


Date:
April 24, 2005

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What a great web site. I remember listening to Bob Wills in the 30's and 40's. We would all sit around the radio and listen to some of the greatest music ever played. I was born and raised in West Texas but settled in Pensacola, Fl 1n 1950.


Date:
April 25, 2005

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Wonderful music! A great site and an important initiative. Lest we forget when music was played and not programmed. Billy Cross


Date:
April 25, 2005

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THANKS I just found your site. It's great, thanks for your effort in remembering the greatest and most wonderful band and music of my life time. My first remembrance of Bob Wills music was an old 78rpm of Roly Poly, this was when I was about 10yoa. Later while in high school I worked at a small radio station in North Alabama where I wore out all of the Bob Wills records. During the past few years I have been to Turkey TX, Tulsa, OK (Cain's Ball Room) and Ruidoso NM to See and hear the remaining members of the band. they can still swing. I have about three days of Bob Will and the Texas Playboys music on my iPod, keeps me in a good mood. Thanks again Roy Smith


Date:
April 26, 2005

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So glad you're doing this! Since I accidentally discovered Bob Wills 9 years ago I have been 100% hooked. We get Asleep At The Wheel here about twice a year, and they are just fabulous. Please pass along the kudos; I enjoy their concerts more than any other "live" performances. Is it possible for you to publish a listing of sources for hard-to-get CD's of Bob & The Playboys ? Keep up the good work! Michael David, Takoma Park, MD----a mile from Wash., DC


Date:
April 27, 2005

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I would really like to see Robert McNally in your pictures also. He was my favorite Texas Playboy


Date:
April 28, 2005

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My uncle Lee Ross was a Texas Playboy in the late fifties, He played tall bass and shared lead vocals with Tommy Duncan. Although his name is not well known, he gave a lot to the history of the band. Thank you Anita Bazzano


Date:
April 30, 2005

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My Uncle Claudie Martin passed away this past week. He lived in Hammond,IN and he was a real fan of Bob Wills and his music. He liked western swing music very much. He also liked the old cowboy music as well. He will be missed by me. I will think of him every time I listen to my Bob Wills CDs. Uncle Claudie really enjoyed Bob Wills. He used to play his music in the car all the time and I loved it. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. Joplin, MO


Date:
May 02, 2005

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I'm a long time Bob Wills fan and this year in Turkey, Texas it was great, from one end of town to the other music was heard and appreciated.


Date:
May 04, 2005

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Thancks!!!!! I'm russen. I'm live for you music. sorry for my English


Date:
May 09, 2005

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Was in Turkey Texas last week and the 34th Bob Will's day was wonderful. Every fan of Western Swing must attend at least once. Sam


Date:
May 11, 2005

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Love your site but I would like to make one suggestion...you need a biography on Darrell Jones, my grandfather. He's in the picture at the top and there is not even anything about him here. He was in the band from 1941-42 and played bass. He passed away a few years back but had so many interesting stories on his years with Bob Wills.

We would like to have a biography of your grandfather. If you're willing to write it up and hopefully include some pictures we'll add it for you. Contact me here.  Robert


Date:
May 11, 2005

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I am a big fan of Bob Wills and appreciate the effort to create this website. Would anyone out there know whether or not Bob ever lived or worked in Roy, NM prior to his recording career?

Bob Wills lived in Roy, NM for a short time starting late 1927. Here he barbered and actually had a band made up of Mexicans, whose influence led Bob to write "Spanish Two Step" which Bob later recorded. During this period they played dances, but he never recorded with this band. Even more interesting is that Bob was often the drummer in the band during this time! This period is where Bob learned the mariachi music he would include in later recordings such as "New San Antonio Rose"


Date:
May 13, 2005

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My mother was born and raised in Bristow, OK (Aug 1928) and she still remembers seeing the bus pulling into town. She said during the depression, nothing made the town perk up and feel good again like Bob Wills coming to town. John


Date:
May 19, 2005

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I just don't hear enough of this kind of music anymore. Jerome Hickam North Little Rock, Arkansas


Date:
May 20, 2005

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It is important to know that texas is the size of less than my favourite LAN Parties and it gets hot there. THANKS for all the information and fun times!


Date:
May 21, 2005

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Great web site. My wife and I discovered Bob on xm radio and love to listen to his "ah haas"


Date:
May 21, 2005

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i was just trying to find the words to 'Silver dew on the bluegrass' and i thought you may have the words for me. Maybe you could send them to me or if i would have to buy them. i love your site, and will be here quite often!!!

Here's a link to a website that has the lyrics:
http://sniff.numachi.com/~rickheit/dtrad/pages/tiSILVERDW.html


Date:
May 24, 2005

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Trivia Bob Wills question' does anyone in Bob Wills land remember the name of the m.c. or at least the man that came out to get the crowd warmed up-before the Bob Wills show came on the air for Zoom cereal? the man, young, handsome, and a good comic went on to become very famous in a long lasting T.V. ,show but not on a comedy! I'll bet not many will remember, I was there. it was a fun time! who was this famous actor? do some good detective work, and tell us ,O.K.? Frances Varner

Great question and clues! After you guess you can solve this by clicking here for the facts.


Date:
May 24, 2005

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Hello, again, Boy! I'm so surprised to get an answer so soon, To be honest, I'm surprised that someone knew the answer at all, with out doing a lot of checking first. I'm very impressed!!! I'm glad I asked you all the question for I learned something about Jack Webb that made me like him even more than I did before, his political beliefs were the same as mine are---Ultra-Conservative!! no wander he did great shows. Thank you for sharing his life with us. You may not know every thing, but you darn well know a lot! Frances Varner


Date:
May 30, 2005

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My father-in -law, Robert Roscoe Wright played with Bob Wills in the early years. My Brother-in-law was named after Darrell Glenn. Does anyone know Roscoe Wright or Darrell Glenn? Reply to Kingskids@valornet.com


Date:
May 30, 2005

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As a boy in Oklahoma in the late 40s and early 50s, I can still recall "San Antonio Rose and "Steel Guitar Rag" on the radio and jukebox. Love the Playboys music and still listen to it often. Great web site. Thanks for all your hard work and to all who contribute.


Date:
May 31, 2005

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We are a traveling family band from Evergreen, CO. We have performed full time, traveling the United States for three years now. We love Bob Wills style of music. Kyle, our fourteen year old is a fiddler, and mandolin player. Maura, is eleven and plays fiddle, guitar, and the bass. Both children are International Yodeling Champions, and have received numerous first place awards for their talents. We enjoy seeing the country, and playing bluegrass, old-time country, fiddle, Western, and original music. We invite you to visit our website, and sign our guest book. We are looking for opportunities to play, and would love to hear from you all. www.obrienfamilyband.com Please take a moment to say hello.


Date:
June 02, 2005

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Hi Congratulations you have a very entertaining and beautiful site. You have great designs on your site! 


Date:
June 03, 2005

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Cool Website. Keep up the good work. Denton Family in Texas http://www.carolswebdesigns.com/Denton


Date:
June 03, 2005

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Thanks for this great website! George Clayburn, the talented fiddler with the Playboys, was married to my sister-in-law, now deceased. We are looking for his son, Steve Clayburn, and if anyone knows anything about him, please email at edpercifield@bresnan.net. Anne Percifield


Date:
June 03, 2005

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I grew up listening to the music of this great swing band and enjoyed every minute of listening. Now that I am into my eighties I still think that there is nothing that will compare to this great sound. I think that your website is just great, so keep up the good work and keep the info coming to keep we ole Gaffers informed. A.C. Ace Henry


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June 04, 2005

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I don't care what Waylon said. Wherever you go, Bob Wills is still king. Scott O'Donnell Bardsdale, CA


Date:
June 08, 2005

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That IS what Waylon said Bob Wills is still the king.


Date:
June 09, 2005

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I have just found this web site, what a blessing. i was raised on bob wills and the texas playboys, and other country music as well. i have had the honor of knowing tagg lambert and leon rausch, my dad also played music. i grew up in roswell new mexico, tagg lived next door to me at the time of his death. leon rausch also played music at scotty's nightclub as tagg did after he returned back to roswell. my dad passed away in 1976 leon rausch was a pallbearer at my dads services. if scotty's nightclub could tell stories wow what a story that would be. love this web site. Patsy Smith now in ruidoso new mexico


Date:
June 10, 2005

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Dear Sir, Your web site is TERRIFIC! I'm working on a project of compiling photos and information about steel players who have passed on and are members of the Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri. I'm new to the steel world and have found there are so many people who do not know the players of the past. The one that laid the foundation as we know the steel today. I will include your web site address as my source of information. Thank you for your time. Sherry tkauff@ohio.net


Date:
June 13, 2005

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THANK YOU FOR THIS EXCELLENT WEBSITE HONORING ONE OF THE AMERICAN GREATS. THIS IS ROOTS MUSIC, PURE AND SIMPLE. EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BAND FROM DAY ONE SHOULD BE PROUD OF HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN CULTURE AND EACH ONE DESERVES OUR THANKS AND RESPECT. AND OKLAHOMA!!! VINCENT SAVAGE FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA


Date:
June 15, 2005

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I am so glad I happened upon this site....my husband has loved Bob Wills music for years and so do I....we both listened to Bill Mack; he on his way to work and while at work in the wee hours of the morning and I when I worked at a small rural hospital in the ER as an admitting clerk on the night shift. I can't wait to show my husband when he gets home later today. Look forward to coming back often and reading the other sites on here.


Date:
June 22, 2005

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Huge Fan Of The Man And The Music Love The Site Thanks Casey


Date:
June 23, 2005

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I am enjoying this site very much! I understand there were numerous Texas Playboys throughout the years, does anyone know if there is a list or someone trying to collect the names? I have information & a picture I am trying to clarify regarding my grandfather (a musician). Thank you. ck_chapman@excite.com


Date:
June 25, 2005

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I am 55 years old and I was raised on Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. It is still the greatest music in the world and now that my father is not well he remembers every song and every chord. I was raised in Washington State, but live in Lafayette, Tennessee. Please keep his music alive. It is becoming a lost art. I am thankful for the country artists who are trying to do this.


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June 26, 2005

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Just wanted to say " Howdy " Haven't in a while Joplin, MO


Date:
June 27, 2005

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My name is Jordan Hackett. I am 12 years old and I love Western Swing music. I like this site because I love Bob Wills Music. Me and my brother Jacob who is 9 have a band called Clear Fork. I play the fiddle and my brother plays the guitar and all we play is western swing.


Date:
June 29, 2005

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I think it is a classic! keep it up playboys kool work!!


Date:
July 03, 2005

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everybody make sure to check out the 2005 oxford american southern music issue/cd. bob wills' little brother johnnie lee has a recording of milk cow blues on the cd, and david stricklin has a great article about bob wills in the issue. thanks a lot. -michael


Date:
July 05, 2005

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Robert, I work all the time throughout the day and today I FINALLY got to hear the Bob Wills Tribute on KITO that they do every weekday at noon. I love it. Today they played "Blue Bonnet Lane". I happen to have that song on his CD " For The Last Time ". Did you ever listen to this on KITO? Was wondering if you ever did. If not need to check it out sometime. Your Buddy in Joplin,MO

Wish I could hear that better here. 96.1 comes in pretty weak here, but I can sometimes get a decent signal. I'll try to tune in to the noon-hour tribute. Thanks, Robert


Date:
July 09, 2005

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Hello My name is Henk Scholts and live in the Netherland (Holland). Western Swing is since 30 years a part of my life. I'm a record collector. Besides the great story's behind the artists, I'd like to see theire recordings and maybe movies behind them. That's the way they are remembered and the only way we still can listen to their great music. Great site this one. I added it to my favorites


Date:
July 10, 2005

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I am so glad to find this website. I've been searching for any and all film/video footage there could possibly be of Bob's performances. I would like to get hold of as much of his fine sounds as I can get. My father's first concert at the age of about 4 yrs. old in Oklahoma, circa 1939, was the spectacular western swing kings. I've loved their music for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a travelin' family band, I'm 44 years of age now. I was taught to play fiddle by an old white lightning-drinking man named Earl Collins when I was about 12 yrs. old. Now my two sons, ages 7 & 11, who are musicians-in-training as well can't get enough of that fantastic sounding music that really is ageless, if it weren't for the sound of some of the old recordings. I recently found a record label/company that has some recordings of Bob's on CD that I haven't been able to locate anywhere else. This website, record company, is in Germany of all places. They've also got some very rare performances on DVD of many top country and rock-and-roll artists from the late fifties at a place known then as the Town Hall Party in Compton, California. Anyways, I continue to search for some visual recordings of Bob and his Band. They've gotta be out there somewhere... Do anyone have access to some gems of theirs, video or sound recordings only? Reach me at russellgilliam@mac.com , aw haw! I am Most Appreciative in La Puente, California.


Date:
July 13, 2005

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Was Phil Spraggins a Texas Playboy? He was playing in Fort Worth in the early 1940s. Dr. Robert L. Spraggins rlspraggins@yahoo.com


Date:
July 14, 2005

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My Name is Terry Dalton, My Grandfather was a Texas Playboy named Mancel Tierney. Very nice website.


Date:
July 14, 2005

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I was just recently turned onto Bob Wills when asking my Dad if he knew of any good old country. I love his music, and I enjoyed your website.


Date:
July 18, 2005

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There will never be another King of the Western Swing! I grew up listening and dancing to his music all over Texas. Such a great man and great talent! This is truly a great web site and happy I found it. I was looking for the spelling of a name of a musician Jimmy Wybills??? who soloed with Bob Wills one time and I cannot find that spelling nor can I find it on the web. Can anyone help? Eve efalcon@mail.utexas.edu


Date:
July 18, 2005

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Jimmy (Spelling) Wyble, there's a great list of the Texas Playboys on "Century of Country". Just search the name "Century of Country" or www.countryworks.com. No individual biographies but names and dates when they were Playboys.


Date:
July 18, 2005

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Eve, forgot to mention there is an article about Jimmy Wyble at www.classicjazzguitar.com. Marie@mepike.com


Date:
July 19, 2005

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I enjoyed looking through your web site however, I failed to find any mention of my father, Bob Lee, or Woody Woods, both of whom were Texas Playboys. Melissa Lee P.O. Box 781943 Wichita, Ks. 67278


Date:
July 29, 2005

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I am the Niece of Tommy Duncan great website. Would like information on how to obtain dvd or vhs copies of movies that Bob and Tommy were in. Would like to see more on my Uncle Tommy but still great website.. Jerri Hansen


Date:
July 31, 2005

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Thanks for the site. I've listened to my grandmother speak fondly of Leon over the years and loved to hear the stories she told. Leon was my grandmothers 1st cousin. I remember him coming to visit with us when in New Orleans. I've printed quite a few articles on Leon from the internet for my Mother which she has so much enjoyed. Thanks for the memories! Laurie W. Texas


Date:
August 13, 2005

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Thank goodness for remembering music, of words that you can understand. I grew up in the piney woods of Arkansas, hopping cars at honky tonks, selling Barbecue sandwiches, along with legal beer. A lot of moonshine, was available, and a lot of shine was better than bottle and bond. I would like very much to have copies of verses of Wills songs, and that great Tommy Duncan.


Date:
August 13, 2005

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Thanks for this fine web site. Been a Wills fan since the mid 1940s. I am retired and a fiddler of 75 years old. Still play his music. Have been playing his songs for about 60 years. What else can I say. Charles R. Ward. Mathews Co. Va.


Date:
August 14, 2005

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Just now found your website. Good reading, I`m 75 and have gone to Turkey last 5 years. Plan to go next year. Bob Haskett, Tennessee


Date:
August 15, 2005

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I read somewhere that Bob Wills Live in Bailey County. ( A little south of Muleshoe, Texas ) on a farm when he was a little boy. Do you know if this is true and where was he born ? Thanks R. G. Box Lubbock, Texas

Bob Wills lived in Turkey, Texas as a young man. He bought a farm in Muleshoe in 1936 for his father to work, but that lasted just a couple years before he moved them to Tulsa.  It appears that Bob kept the farm for a few more years. Bob Wills was born in Limestone County, near Kosse, Texas on March 6, 1905.


Date:
August 19, 2005

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hi I just bought a violin and it says made for Bob Wills by WM Sipps and so I checked out your site for info about who Bob Wills was and what he did. thanks


Date:
August 26, 2005

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Memories. This web site reminds me of my day. Clyde, my dad always listened to bob and the boys when i was little, love them very much. My Dad Clyde Beeding plays the fiddle too. Love you dad if you find this web site. Tiffany Elston 4200 Rose Ave Long Beach ca


Date:
August 26, 2005

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My father, Noel Boggs, would love this site. Thank you for keeping his memory alive. You have photos that I haven't seen before. Where did you get them? My Aunt Lela Hooper Maxey had a neighbor, Rick Cooper that had her things at her death, was he a contributor? I also have the guitar he recorded his three albums for Barcus Berry. It is a beautiful four neck steel with one transducer replaced with the built in microphone. I also have the master's for those albums and am astonished at the clarity of the sound. Daddy was a master with chords. There are so many stories I could tell. Thanks again, Sandy Boggs Robertson


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August 28, 2005

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Sandy please contact me . I have a few pictures of your Dad that I know you haven't seen. Pics with my uncle Cameron Hill and his wife Becky on a bandstand. klw1625@sbcglobal.net


Date:
August 28, 2005

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I have searched and searched the net for the lyrics to You're There by Bob Wills and just can't find them. Can you help? Very neat site, glad I found it. Nan Michigan

I get high I get low, I move fast I move slow
But wherever I go you're there
I can smile I can frown, I give up I give down
Because somewhere around you're there

How did you get in this memory of mine?
Oh why can't I lose you somewhere?
I can walk I can run, I can grieve or have fun
But when all's said and done, you're there

When I feel like I should, all the while I knock wood
But it don't do no good, you're there
I can seek I can hide, turn it loose or be tied
But it's all cut and dried, you're there

Everyone tells me that you're back in town
But I make believe that I don't care
I get high I get low, I move fast I move slow
But wherever I go you're there


Date:
August 29, 2005

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Awesome site


Date:
August 30, 2005

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Nice site honoring great artist. I have a two record album (United Artists) with the Bob Wills full autobiography inside the three page album. I know it's at least forty years old and for the life of me can't remember where I got it..The front is labeled in huge letters.."HALL OF FAME BOB WILLS AND TOMMY DUNCAN" with a pic of the band on stage. Maybe someone could tell me how old this album is....

Not certain of date of release, but probably late 1975-early 1976, but certainly after Bob's death in May 1975


Date:
August 30, 2005

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Thank you so much for the words to Bob Wills song, You're There!!!! I sure do appreciate it! You're the most!!!! Nan--Michigan


Date:
September 03, 2005

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I was delighted and thrilled to find this site.As the daughter of Merle David, I am so honored to have known and had the pleasure to enjoy hearing and watching my dad on the stage many years ago with this wonderful and legendary man Bob Wills. He was one fine artist and my Father really admired his talents.The music they made together as well as with other wonderful musicians will live on in the hearts of the fans for years to come....Thanks for the memories, God Bless!


Date:
September 06, 2005

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Rick Cooper While interested in your site, I was also interested in your comment that my Aunt Lela was buried next to my dad, Noel Boggs and my Uncle Richard. Unless I am mistaken, my Aunt Maxine is in the third grave. So, my question is: Where did you put my Aunt Lela? I will be waiting a reply Thanks Sandy Boggs tinkwrite1@netzero.net


Date:
September 06, 2005

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I have been recommending the site to some of the people I have met through work


Date:
September 08, 2005

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Thank you for posting this website. My great Grandpa MacNally was one of the earlier Texas Playboys, but is not listed on this site. I am trying to find out more information about his lifestyle for my own personal knowledge. If you have any information about him, please post it on your site. Thanks, Kaci.


Date:
September 09, 2005

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Nice web site I enjoyed reading. I wish you and your family the best of luck.


Date:
September 10, 2005

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I used to listen to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys on WCKY while I was in the service in the fifties. the music stuck with me and in my view is a great part of americana, Bob and his men were great americans and my heroes of early american western swing, Their music and songs told wonderful stories that I hope will never die. I still promote Bob and the playboys to everybody that expresses an interest in the appreciation of music. Bob Reid, Mesa Arizona


Date:
September 14, 2005

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This is a Great Page!! Love the pics...Just wondering if anyone on here would happen to have any information about Vernon Derrick he played the fiddle for Jimmy Martin in the late 60's and early 70's...If you do have any info about him if ya don't mind just post it on here I will be checking it from time to time...Thanks Cindi Stiltner


Date:
September 26, 2005

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Robert, I was just looking a - Books of Interest - where was the first picture taken, and about what year? I recognize Tommy Duncan, Joe Holley,  Bob Wills, Alex Brashear, Jimmy Wyble and Noel Boggs, Is that Millard Kelso holding the rein, his foot all propped up? who are the others? Also is Jesse Ashlock still with us? He was one of those people one could always pick out of a crowd, his looks didn't change. What about Ocie Stockard? Frances Varner

That photo is from the 1945 Columbia move "Rhythm Roundup"
This is the one film that seems to have been lost forever, as nobody seems to have a copy.

That is Millard Kelso holding the reins, followed by Tommy Duncan, Joe Holley, Bob Wills, Alex Brashear, Noel Boggs, Monte Mountjoy,  Jimmy Wyble, Cameron Hill, and finally Ted Adams on bass.

Jesse Ashlock died August 6, 1976 in Austin, Texas at 61 years of age.
Ocie Stockard was born July 7, 1910 and  died April 23, 1987 or 1988


Date:
September 30, 2005

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I knew Glenn (BLUB ) Rhees personally .His son Glenn JR is a good friend of mine he recently made a cd in a recording studio in California. ( available )( 918-520-7384 ) it is an excellent collection of Bob Wills including the blub twist which was from Glenn's own pen he was the greatest sax player ever and I was proud to know him. Brian (Chip ) Tucker


Date:
October 03, 2005

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Bob Wills lives on - if it wasn't for XM Radio I wouldn't have discovered his music and enjoyed it as much as I do.


Date:
October 05, 2005

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Bob Wills is to Western Swing, what Kenworth is to trucking. Bob Wills is an Icon and he gives new definition to the word "Class." People mention Country & Western music as one. Thanks to guys like Bob Wills, there IS a difference. Bob Wills may be gone but he is not forgotten. Western Swing seems to take a "back seat" to Country music, but one day people will "wake up" to REAL music from Bob Wills. Keep up the good work-Stan Holtzman-Temple City, CA.


Date:
October 06, 2005

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My grandfather, and great grand-uncles also played and wrote music with/for Bob Wills. They were the The Rowe Brothers Band. They wrote the music for "faded love" and Lightin' Rowe was the lead fiddle player. They are in the Oklahoma Country Music Hall of Fame, and I just thought they should also be remembered. Unfortunately most of them have passed away, including Lightin' Rowe. They will always be remembered and loved for everything they did.


Date:
October 12, 2005

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It don't matter who's in Austin,"Bob Wills is still the King" Hoschton Ga.


Date:
October 12, 2005

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My name is Chris Whitten, and I am a twenty-four year-old fiddle player for Texas singer songwriter Kevin Fowler. I have to say I have really enjoyed this site. I grew up on Bob Wills in and around Lawton, Oklahoma, and had the good fortune to play with many of the Playboys, including Leon Rausch, Eldon Shamblin, Luke WIlls, Johnny Gimble, Gene Gassaway, Bob Boatwright, Frankie McWhorter, Glen Rhees, and John Cuviello to name a few. I have to say, I been privelaged to stand onstage with everyone from Vince Gill, and Toby Keith, to Lynard Skynard, Asleep at the Wheel, and Willie Nelson, and NOBODY, has the same musical excitement, sincerity, or groove that those guys had/have. My Cousin also played fiddle for Bob. His name was Keith Coleman from Cyril, Oklahoma. He passed away from leaukemia when I was five years old. I am a huge music history buff, and love to visit about Bob, and learn more about him. Chris Whitten Austin, TX. www.kevinfowler.com cdavidwhitten@yahoo.com


Date:
October 13, 2005

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My name is Chris Frank and Casey Dickens was my math teacher at Hurst Junior High. That was back in 1983. Good lord!! it sure is good to see his photo on this website. If anyone knows him, tell him hi. Chris Frank


Date:
October 15, 2005

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Very good photos and web site


Date:
October 19, 2005

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what a great web sight..my brother norman mayfield drove for bob in 47 and48 i think he is 87 and stills live in melborn fla in a retirement home


Date:
October 19, 2005

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Your web-site is wonderful! It gave me a little background about the people my grandfather played guitar for. He was a Texas Playboy. His name was Cotton Whittington (the left handed guitar player). Keep up the good work!

Do you have any pictures of your grandfather with the band or of other band members? Contact me here if you do. Thanks


Date:
October 21, 2005

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We just saw a show about Bob Wills and the PB's. It opened tonight in Kerrville, Texas. Great show and even better music. i am not a big country music fan but i love Texas Music. And this is some of the best Texas/Western Music around. Go see the show, featuring 'Asleep at the Wheel' another really good Texan Band. sandy in Kerrville, Tx.


Date:
October 25, 2005

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wow brings back memories Kim Payne


Date:
October 25, 2005

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aaaah-=Haaa!


Date:
October 26, 2005

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my maiden names is wills and was wondering if he might be a cousin.


Date:
October 26, 2005

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Bob Wills Is Still The King.


Date:
October 29, 2005

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Hi- Alex Brashear was the best trumpet player- Bob's music still rocks! But then, I'm partial--I am Alex's granddaughter!! Keep up the wonderful website. A bio on Alex would be nice! Thanks- Tracee Auville-Parks, California


Date:
October 31, 2005

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Hi My Name is Bob Teague I lived in Fresno Ca. for a lot of years. I knew Joe Holly very good, and worked with him in his Band for a lot of years. As you said in his bio. He was the best fiddler that the world ever had, and I miss him a lot. I did not get to go to his funeral, but my heart was there, with James (Jr) and his Mom. James call Me sometime Your old buddy Bob Teague


Date:
October 31, 2005

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I wish we could have played together. Mike Shamblin


Date:
November 07, 2005

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hi big pete from yarra valley fm99.1 in melbourne Australia the website is amazing fantastic


Date:
November 11, 2005

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Weel, I was BORN listening to Bob Wills. My Dad was a huge fan and we hardly had money for food (during the Great Depression) but we did have a quarter or so for a Bob Wills record. I am now older than Bob was when he died - and his music is alive today in my heart as it was in my girlhood. Thank you for the site. Wanda Staley - Sargent, Texas


Date:
November 11, 2005

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I think I am correct on this but not for certain - I have "summertimers" at my age - but it seems that back in the late 1930's, there was to be an execution in Huntsville (my hometown) of a man who had been convicted of murder. When he was asked his last wish (or whatever they ask you at that time!) He wanted "San Antone Rose" dedicated to "the prettiest girl in San Antone." And another andecdote that I am certain of: My husband and I were out on the town about 30 years ago and were having dinner at a post restraurant in Houston, before the play at the Alley Theatre and there were strolling musicians playing at some of the tables - when they came to ours they asked what we would like to hear (they were only playing classical or semi-classical) and my "country" husband said "San Antone Rose." I nearly dropped my fork. But .....much to my amazement, THEY PLAYED IT. W Staley - Sargnet, Texas


Date:
November 12, 2005

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Well, I guess I was BORN a Bob Wills fan. My Dad loved this man's music and being Irish he would sing all those very familiar songs. I grew up during the Great Depression and sometimes we didn't have a good variety of food to eat - mostly pintos and potatoes - but we could usually scrap together a quarter or so for a new Bob Wills record. Thank you for such a comprehensive site - I really appreciate relieving some pretty fond memories. W. Staley - Sargent, Texas


Date:
November 13, 2005

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Thank you for the site. I have been a long time fan of Mister BOB and the playboys. I attended one of his performances in Amarillo Texas in the early 60's. I also want to thank the bands of today for keeping his style of "Texas swing" alive. My wife and motherinlaw {95yrs}, are from PAMPA Texas and they both like Mister BOB's music. Thank you again. Charles and Alcyon Crutchfield Chester,Va.


Date:
November 16, 2005

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Fantastic site. I grew up in Tulsa listening to Bob and the Playboys on KVOO. The old Cains Academy of Dancing still exists but I don't know who plays there now. My dad, "Deacon Jones" had a service station out on old Route 66 (we called it Sapulpa Road) and he used to service that old bus. Mom worked in a restaurant next door called the Pig in the Pen and she recalls cooking a lot of meals for the crew after they finished playing on Saturday Nite. I believe Bob's funeral was held in Tulsa and according to reports, it was one of the biggest events Tulsa has seen up to that time. Merle Haggard did a tribute to Bob Wills several years ago using some of the original Playboys. It is a real winner. I could go on and on. Thanks for the memories. Bob Jones, Norfolk, VA


Date:
November 17, 2005

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Hello, I recently purchased a record album of 'Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys'. The album is called 'For The Last Time'. I was brought up on country music from listening to my Dad play it through the years. I always loved to hear this group play. Bob Wills is a favorite of mine today. I'm 53 years old and my Dad has since passed on to be with the Lord. But, Bob Wills songs live on and on. Thank you for your website.


Date:
November 18, 2005

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thanks a lot for this site! it is great! thanks to ray benson for telling bob's story! from tulsa


Date:
November 19, 2005

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What a wonderful tribute to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys! I had the pleasure of meeting Al Stricklin when I lived in Cleburne, Texas. He was a great man with a wonderful talent. Thank you for the memories!


Date:
November 23, 2005

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This a great site! My dad was born and grew up at Sapulpa near Tulsa. He played in bands when he was young and got to play on KVOO for a time. He never played with Bob Wills, but always loved his music. It was one of the few things that brought him enjoyment in his last days. I was born in the panhandle of Texas. There is nothing like the thumping of the bass and the singing of the fiddles floating to you on the West Texas wind as you walk toward the dance hall. Marilyn, Memphis TN


Date:
November 27, 2005

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A wonderful website. I was fortunate to see several of the Original Texas Playboys perform at the Civic Center in Waco sometime in 1977. They played for 4 hours. It was a great show. Billy Proctor


Date:
November 28, 2005

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does anyone know the names of the above Texas Playboys? I knew some of them years ago in 1945-1947

Possibilities might be Eldon Shamblin, Leon McAuliffe, Al Stricklin, Smoky Dacus and Joe Frank Ferguson. Others might have included Johnny Gimble, Tiny Moore, Herb Remington, and many others. 


Date:
November 28, 2005

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HOW FUN....TO FIND THIS AFTER SO MANY YEARS. I knew many of these guys when I lived in Santa Monica..years ago...thanks d. clark, from Minnesota


Date:
November 29, 2005

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I was born and raised in Texas and I am 41 years old. I grew up listening to this music and there is no doubt Bob Wills is still the King of Western Swing. The closest you can get to his music is George Strait and Asleep at The Wheel. Missy Flanagan Denton, Texas


Date:
December 01, 2005

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I stopped by while listening to Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys on vinyl. I'm transcribing our collection to CD. (No small job.) Ahhh, it's sweet, though, to listen to that fine, fine music. Enjoyed the website greatly.


Date:
December 06, 2005

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I cannot remember the first time I heard "San Antonio Rose or "Ida Red" or "deep Water" Being of Italian ancestry These tunes were a formidable part of my upbringing, along with "La Donna Imobile" and the Triumphal march from Aida". When I hear these tunes by Bob Wills Verdi and Rosinni I cannot understand why the whole world doesn't stop whatever they are doing and listen. They always take me away to a very beautiful place. Mark Regalado


Date:
December 13, 2005

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The sight is great! Thank you. I wish you had a photo of Tommy Duncan. Keep up the good work! Big Bob Wills Fan


Date:
December 19, 2005

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My second Heavenly Patchwork--Quilt Stories to Warm your Heart rolls off the press in March. All book profits go to charity quilting. Included in the book is a story by Larry Fisher of his grandmother who made a quilt in 1939 from the Playboy feedsacks and signed by the members of your band. Would love to include this picture of your group in the book with your permission and with credit given as per your request. Please download a consent to publish from www.heavenlypatchwork.com under share your quilt story and sign it and fax it to 405-751-3885 ASAP. Thanks for your help. This book tells Oklahoma history through women and their quilts to celebrate Oklahoma's Centennial and is an officially approved project. Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys are well remembered in Oklahoma as our heroes of entertainment in the 30s & 40s.


Date:
December 29, 2005

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I remember this picture well. Tiny was my guitar teacher and the first person to give me a job. I loved hearing his stories and listening to him play. He seemed like such a big man to me, in more ways than just his stature. His love of music and a caring heart were so instrumental in my upbringing. I have talked about him on so many occasions, which lead me to look up information about him on the internet. I shall never forget that wonderful man that I had the pleasure of having be a part of my life for several years. Tiny....thank you for being so special to me. I wasn't the best student, but I enjoyed my time around you and the gang and Tiny Moore Music. Traci Gibson Sacramento, Ca tracigibson62@yahoo.com


Date:
December 29, 2005

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There will never be another Michael Jordon or Larry Bird in basketball and there will never be another Bob Wills in music. He is responsible for much that takes place today in Country and Western Music. A LEGEND. Greg Sturgeon Terre Haute Indiana


Date:
December 30, 2005

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Looks like no one has posted anything in a while. I am 28 years old and just discovered Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. I really appreciate the music and am just getting into the western swing style. Greetings from San Antone. Oh yeah, I would like to see a Tommy Duncan Bio. Thanks


Date:
December 30, 2005

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hey guys my name is sean showalter and my grandfather was bob white i know he played with you for a while but i just wanted to stop by and say hey he liked all you guys alot


Date:
December 31, 2005

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awesome website! ellis' baby girl, joyce luttrell booe


Date:
January 02, 2006

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I AM FROM LOS ANGELES, CA., USE TO DANCE TO BOB WILLS FROM TIME I WAS 16, ONE NITE I GOT UP CLOSE TO STAGE, BOB TAPPED ME ON HEAD WITH HIS BOW, SAID "LOOKS LIKE FUN DOESN'T IT?" THANKS DEE CRAFTON


Date:
January 07, 2006

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My name is George Smiley Harris, and I was not even aware that this web site existed. Of course, I am a computer dummy! As I get to know a few things about these things, I may become addicted! Bob Wills has been one of my favorite artists since I first heard him on radio, back around 1940, when I was about 9 years old. I had an old wind up phonograph, and a small collection of 78s. I still have them, and my collection has grown into the thousands, of 78s, 45s, LPs, and CDs, and I play them every day. I'd love to get any information on Bob that I can. My address is 724 S Powerline Rd., Nampa, Idaho, 83686. My phone # is 208 466 2533. I'd love to hear from anyone with similar musical interests!


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January 08, 2006

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John Coleman from Malvern, AR says great website! I have a huge collection of BW records, books, and memorabilia that I can place at your disposal if needed. Call me if you are interested. I'm not interested in money....just the promotion of this great music! Thanks, JPC


Date:
January 08, 2006

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Hi As a WWII Marine I got to see and hear Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys quite a few times in San Diego when they played at what I remember as "Ratliffs" dancehall. Great music. I still enjoy his music and my favorite CD is Asleep at the Wheel Tribute. Chuck Rafferty from Montana


Date:
January 10, 2006

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Good music site. I just discovered it. I love western swing, especially Bob Wills, because his music was so good. I saw him in person when he played a country dance at a schoolhouse just south of San Antonio in 1951 as well as I can remember. It must have been after Tommy Duncan had left as I don't recall him but I recall he had a left-handed fiddler (probably Joe Holley) and I thought he and Bob were going to punch each other in the eye when they played twin fiddles. TxKid, Cleburne,TX


Date:
January 11, 2006

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I love it!!! It would be really cool if you could get some lyrics posted & some merchandise!! :)


Date:
January 14, 2006

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I THINK THAT THE WEB SIGHT IS GREAT,, I'M TRYING TO LEARN SOME THINGS ABOUT BOB WILLS BECAUSE HE IS MY GREAT UNCLE AND MY BROTHER WAS NAMED AFTER HIM I TRYING TO FIND MORE INFO ABOUT MY GREAT UNCLE.


Date:
January 17, 2006

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Great website. I am touched every day by the legacy of Bob Wills and I appreciate the effort you are making to keep it alive... Fred Crans DeWitt, Iowa


Date:
January 19, 2006

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I think this site is great! I'm really glad I was turned on to it by Mike Gross and that I get to learn so much about the history that I have by reading the discussions. My great grandfather is Joe Andrews and I love his music. It's good to see its all kept alive here and that so many people share the love for it. Thanks again, Tommy Eugene St. John


Date:
January 22, 2006

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Neat website. I remember listening to Leon McAuliffe on KFMJ radio in Tulsa in the 1940s and 1950s. Listened to him every day, it seems like. Also, seems like Johnny Lee Wills was on right before or right after Leon. Maybe a different station. Johnny Lee Wills had a home in Tulsa that burned. I think I probably knew of Bob Wills at that time, but was not familiar with his music. There was another radio show from Coffeyville Kansas with Herb Goddard, probably on a different station. Don't think it lasted long. The reason I remember it is because Herb was a friend of my parents. Went to see Leon McAuliffe in person at the Cimarron Ball Room in Tulsa probably around 1951. We moved from Tulsa in 1955 when I was 9 1/2 years old. Larry James Austin TX


Date:
January 23, 2006

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Great Web Site! I am Fred Dixon and I lived in Las Vegas for many years and had the distinct pleasure of visiting many times with Luke. I was a very good friend of John David Wills, Luke's son, that had a band in Las Vegas. There will never be another group of brothers that contributed so much to western swing as the Will's. I now have retired to Kansas but still have the great memories of Luke and John David. I have attended many of the Turkey Texas events over the years, enjoying each one of them. I still play my old records and one of my favorite Luke Wills songs is O'Mona. Luke related to me just how that recording was done and it was a blast to hear him tell about it.


Date:
January 26, 2006

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I have a photo of Bob Wills and the playboys with the guys out front of the tour bus and a horse and rider on each side. It is a black and white 8x10 found at Grandma's house. Grandma is 99 now so she would know the background of the picture. mwlcll8906@msn.com


Date:
January 26, 2006

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This is really good but I have an autographed photo of Johnnie Lee Wills that lists the bad as being H. C. McCray, Bob Booth, Al Hurt, Charles Smith, Son Lunsford, Jerry Johnson, Henry Boatman, Gene Crownover, Don Harlan, Mike Mattel, Curly Lewis, Leon Huff, Bob Gray and Clarence Cagle. The sign over the stage reads, "CAIN'S Home of Johnnie Lee Wills" and Johnnie's photo is inset in the lower left corner. I'm curious as to the value of this obvious publicity photo mailed out to radio listeners. Mary Ellen Johnson, Johnson, Arkansas orphantrainlady@cox.net


Date:
January 31, 2006

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My name is Sherry Thompson, but my maiden name was Edwards. I went to school with Bob's daughter Carolyn, in the 5th & 6th. grades at Lamar Elementary in Abilene Texas. I can remember spending the night with Carolyn and having her Dad and his band come in off the road in the middle of the night several times. How young and naive I was back then. Not to realize who I was actually meeting and talking to. Wow!!!


Date:
February 03, 2006

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I'm only 30 years old but I have many memories of listening to Bob Wills and his Playboys. My dad and grandpa both loved Bob Wills. My head always turns when I hear Bob Wills, my ears perk up and it takes me back to the "good ol' days". Lisa Dearing Tulsa, OK


Date:
February 06, 2006

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IT WAS GREAT TO SEE MY DAD ON THE INTERNET. My maiden name was Melody Diane Kelso. My mother was Yvonne Ballew (Kelso). Just a correction: my father's eyes were not blue. They were very dark brown. I never heard him called "Skunk," though I think I've heard that story. Everyone called him M.F. (Millard Filmore Kelso) or just "Kelso." My mother was the one with the blue eyes. She passed away several years ago as well, at the age of 69. If you are ever contacted by Rita Faye Shamblin (daughter of Eldon Shamblin) this email address is for her to contact me. Haven't seen her since I was 14 years old, but would like to know what happened to her. Melody Kelso Daly mdaly@theemailbox.com 02-07-06


Date:
February 06, 2006

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Bob Wills is still the king!


Date:
February 15, 2006

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Just glad that there is a web site concerning the Texas Playboys. I live in North Carolina and remember San Antonio Rose being the popular song in the late thirties---Saw them about 1982 at Georgia Mountain Fair with Leon McAuliffe, Leon Rausch, et al Bill Garland


Date:
February 15, 2006

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Hi: San Antonio Rose was my Grandfather's favorite song. It will play at my funeral. Eric


Date:
February 24, 2006

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My name is Grayson Santanen and Buddy Duhon was my grandfather. Sharon, I read you comments and would like to hear from you. You can reach me at g3ton@cox.net. Look forward to hearing from you. God bless.


Date:
February 26, 2006

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My grandfather, Ocie Stockard was one of Bob Will's Texas Play boys, in this picture. I have a copy of it, myself. Recently, my father was diagnosed with ALS, and is dying. I know he would be so honored if anyone from the old days could come to a benefit in his honor...in Wichita Falls Texas. For information, please contact me at: vstockard@cebridge.net


Date:
March 05, 2006

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I was just recently turned on to Bob Wills and I just can't get enough. Your site is great and keep ol' Bob's tradition of good time going. Thanks, Jerry H., Tucson,AZ


Date:
March 06, 2006

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Great website. I am the Director of The Light Crust Doughboy Hall of Fame and Museum in Quitman Texas. I am always looking for more information. This is great. Kathy McKinley


Date:
March 06, 2006

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This web site is great. I was born in 1942 Bob Wills was in his hay day at that time. I can remember as I was a child hearing him on the radio By the time I was in my early 20s it was in the 60s and Bob was fading some. When I was young and didn't pay much attention to music. but now I am 63 and I have always loved music and the memories of bob wills tunes haunts my soul. I can remember as a child hearing that narration as the playboys was playing, I have started a collection of his music and I love it............Phillip Stumbo Allen Kentucky


Date:
March 09, 2006

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Great site. I will bookmark for my sons to view as well!!!


Date:
March 10, 2006

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Super website about a super family of people! I grew up at 21st/Memorial in Tulsa. My best friend Kathy, who is related to the Wills family somehow, and I used to visit Johnnie Lee's Western Store almost every day. We knew not of the great Bob Wills, of his famous music and making of movies. We only knew that the Wills were just about the friendliest people in Tulsa! And we both had a small crush on Jr. A kinder man than Johnnie Lee we never knew...I still see those warm brown eyes staring down at us. His beautiful horse Black Diamond was one of those fond memories of that neighborhood. I faintly remember Eldon Shamblin working at the GitNGo near there, I had the opportunity to speak with him at a Hag concert at the Maybee Center in '81. I reminded him of those days and we laughed at how he used to sell me candy. Thanks for the memories, thanks to all the families for sharing their guys all those years, that couldn't have been easy. And thanks to our God, for blessing us with such wonderous talent!


Date:
March 13, 2006

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Marla June Clayburn born 1965 in Tulsa OK. to George Clayburn and Carol Hinshaw resides in Denison Texas.


Date:
March 15, 2006

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I am from Tulsa and have lived here for all of my life so far. I naturally knew the name of Bob Wills and some of his music but I had no idea of the extent of his talent and influence. Your web site has been so helpful to me in finding a lot of information I wanted to know about this remarkable man and his musical life.


Date:
March 18, 2006

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Wow. This site is great. I have no words to said more than thanx.


Date:
March 19, 2006

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HERE IN MINERAL WELLS BOB WILLS IS STILL THE KING VERY NICE SITE WE STILL LOVE BOB. GORDO & CUNDY


Date:
March 19, 2006

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Just read the story of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys from his biography on the computer. Bob was always "Mr. Western Swing" to me and I am so glad that I found the story today. I just wish that I could have seen him and the Playboys when they were popular. I have many records and CD's of his music and enjoy playing them often. Let's hope that his music lives forever. Bill Smith(smithwg@goeaston.net.


Date:
March 20, 2006

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My best friend tried for years to turn me on to Bob W, and two weeks ago he succeeded! I find myself humming his music all the time - and searching the internet for info, pictures etc. Your site is absolutely great! Thanks for sharing it all! Flemming, Copenhagen, Denmark


Date:
March 20, 2006

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I didn't know Aunt Laura Lee had been married before she married Uncle Dick. They were a beautiful couple.


Date:
March 22, 2006

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Harley Huggins is my grandad's brother. How can I find out more about him? J. Huggins, Tulsa, Oklahoma hug209@yahoo.com


Date:
March 23, 2006

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This site is really superb!!! Thank you for you work! Good Luck


Date:
March 23, 2006

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Love this site ! I grew up with my grandfather playing Bob Wills records on Friday and Saturday making burgers and and watching HEE HAW. He passed away 11 yrs ago and The day we said good bye a song came on the radio Take me back To Tulsa I'm too young to marry. That was he was of telling us he was still with us and doing fine.. Thanks so much for this site Rhonda Tulsa, Ok


Date:
March 26, 2006

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Hi, I'm an 86 yr old player in the old country of England. I made a plywood guitar in 1930 with pencilled frets and used a flat bit of metal to get the Hawaiian sound. My pals played plectrum and ukelele. Sol Hoopii was my hero and Django Rheinhardt They were the new sounds in those days and both really jazzed it up. We played numbers like "Lady Be Good" and "Sweet Sue" as well as Hawaiian numbers. I was invited to play a Selmer electric H. guitar (laptop) by Fran.Day & Hunter newly arrived from the States. in 1938 and bought it. Joined RAF became fighter pilot until flying a Mosquito kite when Anti A/c guns knocked out one engine over Ruhr. (Another story) 1950 in civvie street Wife wouldn't agree for me to turn pro musician. (I had fitted a 3 pedal contraption to a single neck guitar) Now have a Shobud 8pedal/4knee levers job lying forlornly, unused behind a sofa. Ah well! My favourite player is Henry Wallace - is there a better player with such amazing technique I thought only top plectrum guitarists could achieve? Have you heard the English girl- Sarah Jory play? Listen and weep! I believe she came over and played at your "Grand Ole Oprey" a while ago. Mark you, I still listen to Jerry Byrd who is undoubtedly the greatest Hawaiian guitarist - beautiful vibrato and relaxed style. Bye Now. Max Greene


Date:
April 02, 2006

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Bob Wills is the greatest. I'm listening to Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys "For the Last Time" right now! 4/02/2006. Mike, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Don't forget Texas, Bob is not in Texas right now, he is in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Date:
April 03, 2006

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I am a big fan of the guy!!! Adrienne in Arizona


Date:
April 04, 2006

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Glad to see this site up and running. Bob has been a name that I grew up with as I grew up. They took me when they went dancing and I would sit on the side of the stage or bandstand and hold the requests. Most of the regulars around West knew me as "Maggie's son" When Bob came to Anaheim, CA in the late 1950's Joe Andrews (my Cousin) and I met in the parking lot and I was helping him unload the bus. He handed me Bob's two fiddle cases and just as I stepped off the bus Luke and Bob drove up and Bob jumped out and hollered at me "hey where you going with fiddles boy" I set them down real quick and folded my arms then said "Old man if you can't call me by name don't call me at all" I stood there and stared at him and then he smiled the smile that was his real smile not his stage one and came over to me and grabbed me and then shook me and said "Hell you are Maggie's Son I knew it all along Boy" 

You have untold amount of kids my age (76) out here who don't know about this site and have stories about Bob. I know that when Joe asked if I could spend the weekend that a bunch of them were getting together to raise money for some children's something. I stayed and it was one of the memory events I do remember. One of the great guys "Little"Jimmy Dickens and that is one great guy. Thank you for setting this up. Bob and all the guys and the few ladies that were singers with the group. Those days with road bands were very hard days that what most people don't realize, but 20 years of traveling on "road trips" for the Marine Corps gave me a completely different look about riding in a car. Thanks again for a great trip back to "the good old days"


Date:
April 08, 2006

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I didn't see Eddie Babek in your list of biographies. He was first in Uncle John Wills' band as a boy and stayed on for a while as a "Texas Playboy". He taught me to play Guitar and told me that the rule in the band was "If the Chicks ain't dancin', it's time to change the set. 'Cause if the Chicks ain't dancin, you ain't sellin' no beer and if you ain't sellin' no beer, you ain't doin your job and you won't be back." another gem: "Mark, you better learn them chords. If I ever catch you playin' with a Capo, I'll jump up onstage and whup you myself." I played a couple of Bob Wills songs at his funeral about 8 years ago in Torrance, CA and we all miss him terribly. I now live in Birmingham, AL. Mark Sellors


Date:
April 09, 2006

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Bob Wills is the king of Texas and the best in my book


Date:
April 13, 2006

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I grew up in HOLLY GROVE, ARKANSAS. iN THE LATE 30'S & EARLY 40'S THE OWNER OF THE GROVE THEATRE, LEROY "BUCK" RENFRO used to book BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS BAND AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE--in the movie theatre and for our street dances -called TRADES DAYS. We really love the music of BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS.!! BOB & MARIBELLE LAMBERT


Date:
April 19, 2006

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Sorry to tell you. Gene Passed away yesterday.


Date:
April 22, 2006

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hey web masters. this is grand i am a boston native have loved bob and his tx sound for years . i am from Houston texas i have gotten to sing with jimmy paul laney who used to play with the playboys he has his guitar he bought way back then and is still real good at playing it at his age, he just lost his dear sweet wife suzy three days ago, she will be greatly missed. what a wonderful woman


Date:
April 23, 2006

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Robert, This is Danny in Joplin. I had told you sometime back that 96.1 KITO in Vinita had a tribute to Bob Wills every day at noon. I think it is sad to say that they might have discontinued that. I have not heard any advertisement on that in a while. Also our classic country station here 99.7 KBTN has a new program director and he has taken the playlist and made it classic country from 1972-1997. He will not play anything else. I am wondering if you know any station near me that might play Bob Wills. Can you help me out? I do not know why this music is not getting airplay. Thanks Danny


Date:
April 24, 2006

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love it, big huge fan of bob wills. my great-grandmother and great-grandfather and my grandmother and her sister, brothers drove from north texas to ft.worth to dance the the famous texas swing. Bob Wills and the texas playboys are so are part of my life when i moved away from texas for several years always my connection to my homestate and family was that famous sound that will never die god bless texas and bob wills and texas playboys, mel


Date:
April 25, 2006

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I would like to hear some of Bob's music on the web site. especially, Faded Love. I think Bob Wills had some of the best musicians of his time. I have Bob's poster picture, framed and is hanging in my living room in Seminole, Oklahoma, along with a picture of his entire band taken in Cains sometime in th 1930's. Ken Inman of Seminole, Oklahoma 25 April 2006


Date:
April 25, 2006

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Hello everyone, my name is Bob Teague. I just got off the phone with Johnny Cuviello he said to say Hi to everyone. This is my first time on this site and I guess I should tell you all who I am. I had a band in Fresno Ca. for about (30) years, I've worked with Johnny Cuviello, Joe Holley, Kelly Posey, and one night with Junior Barnard. If you will look in Haggard book, 'sing me back home' you will get a close up of me when I was a kid. ( don't believe everything you read) LOL That is all for now Bob Teague


Date:
April 29, 2006

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April 29, 2006 Millard Kelso's Grandmother Kelso was a sister to my mother's Grandmother Wallace. Their maiden names were Anderson and they were born in Fayette County, Indiana. Jerry Schoeb Cherokee, OK


Date:
May 03, 2006

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Hello All! Glad to see that you are keeping up the Wills history. I have been a fan of the Wills band since 1945, sixty years now, and have almost all the original recordings. I met Bob twice and he was very nice to me. Thanks for your input. Best regards, Lou and Addie Martin (Martucci) Our E-mail:addie2lou@sbcglobal.net.


Date:
May 10, 2006

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We like your site! Tommy Allsup and Leon Rausch produced a new Bob Wills cd with a boat load of artists. You can listen to it at Tommy's web page- www.westmainproductions.com Take Care! Ken


Date:
May 20, 2006

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Great web site,been a fan of the greatest since i don't know when! Barry Watson,Tenn.


Date:
May 20, 2006

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I really enjoyed the web site. My father was Darrell Glenn and my Grandfather was Artie Glenn. I have a really gret picture of the band with my father singing and artie playing the bass. It was great learning a little more about the history of the band. Bobby Glenn


Date:
May 22, 2006

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I just got introduced to Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and they are GREAT!!!,I have never liked country as such...but this band is blues meets swing meets oldtime lo-fi twangy fender/gibson heaven. Thanks guys Dave Orosco Brea,California


Date:
May 22, 2006

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I checked your website today, and guessed what ?! I totally agreed on your comments on Brian N Burkel. He is a scam and was in prison for many years. His associates includes : authenticautographs98035 / backstagefun / collectorsuniverseltd / collectorsnetwork etc. Those are the names he uses on Ebay . If you take a look , you'll find these very interesting !! SOOOOOOOO many signed autographs and guitars ????? He's using his employees, his so call " friends " to open several Ebay accounts and paypal accounts as well and transferred the money into his own pocket !!! His email addresses are like : collectorsuniverseltd@hotmail.com / sfautographcollectors@gmail.com / kentwa98305@hotmail.com / backstagefun@hotmail.com There are people who indentify him as theft, felony. Do not be fooled by him !! He was under investigation by Detective Douglas Faini @ Fraud/Forgery ( Auburn Police ) last Apr. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS GUY !!!!!!!!!!!!!


Date:
May 30, 2006

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my mother sang with Mr. Clotier and his band from about 1955-1958? They would hole up in my mommas home town at her parents house and cafe (Stockmans) in Springer, NM I would love to talk to anyone who knew or knows these people, I want to write a history! contact Shannon@ smdenney@comcast.net


Date:
May 31, 2006

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I would like to say your website is "Top Notch" in my book. My grandpa was a fiddler and played many a "housedance" in his day. The sad part is that I never got to hear any of his fiddle licks as that damned arthritis made his fingers too stiff to play when I was old enough to listen. His sawing was heard thru the "hollers" and over the hills of Osage county near the small oil boomtown of Okesa, Oklahoma. Grandpa was inclined to cook off a little "pot scaldins" (moonshine, bear milk, panther pi**,etc.) way back in those Oklahoma Hills and Grandma delivered the hooch in a baby buggy covered by a wool blanket and my infant dad.......Music has changed these days, but like the band said "Time Changes Everything" and time waits for no one. Bob Wills is STILL the KING in Oklahoma, so those Texuns ain't got nothing on us...Once again, I got a MAJOR CHARGE from this website......Ahhhhhh Haaaaaaa ...Mike Mfr1000@cableone.net


Date:
June 09, 2006

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I just happened to stumble on to this web site, on my way to looking up something on Doug Collins. He is Host on The Ranch KFDI 1070 Wichita Kansas. Plays lots of Bob Wills and western swing. Enjoy this web site, The Wichita Lineman.


Date:
June 10, 2006

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Very interesting. When I lived in Tulsa, I worked with Luke's father-in-law, and I also knew one of the later Texas Playboy's Gene Gassaway. He passed away about two months ago here in Ft Smith, AR. He was a very fine fiddle player. Don Renfro Mulberry, AR


Date:
June 19, 2006

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I grew up with Bob Wills and his music. Back in the days of Milton Brown and Ocie Stockard and Bob Wills, my aunt, Opal Sumrall (now deceased) sat in and played fiddle with all three of these men. She told me about his music from the time I could understand what music was. I have no way to document this information except from my memory, but she truly was a fiddle player. She came from around Malakoff, TX. and was still playing fiddle in the nursing home and singing country music when she died at 91 year of age. One of the highlights in her life was her short time of knowing Mr. Bob Wills. She also played for several years in bands at Crystal Springs Dance Hall in Ft. Worth, Tx. I had the please of attending the "Ride with Bob Wills" with Asleep at the Wheel and cast, on June 17, 2006, here in Ft. Worth. It was a tremendous pleasure and brought back many memories, some I had heard from my Aunt. Thank you for this opportunity. For me, Bob Wills epitomizes "Western Swing" and at 75 years of age, I still dance to his music as often as I can. Sincerely. Fran Adams, 12520 FM1280, Lovelady, TX 75851. Email: henry.adams@worldnet.att.net.


Date:
June 20, 2006

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We are fiddle players from Burleson, Texas and wanted to say how much we appreciate this website! It is a fantastic site for musicians and fans alike - sharing the information, pictures, and history of this music we all love is just great! Sherry McKenzie www.quebesistersband.com


Date:
June 20, 2006

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The Texas Playboys have been favorites of mine since I was about 5 yrs old. My Mama and Daddy would listen to the radio and my favorite memory of them is their dancing in the kitchen when one of their songs came on. They are both gone now but whenever I hear one of the Texas Playboys song it brings a warm smile to my face. Thank you so much for helping make that memory. Joyce Walls


Date:
June 24, 2006

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Johnny Gimble fan here in Austin. Don


Date:
July 01, 2006

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I've been a Bob Wills fan from 1940 till his death in a nursing home in Ft Worth about 1975. I still have a lot of his music & his last album (For the last time) Set up by Merle Haggard. I also have a book About the man & his music. I've caught his shows in many places including Trianon Ballroom, Cains, Panther hall, Golden Nugget. I admired the man & his influence in western Swing & country music. I think your web site is just a few years late, but better late then never. Thank you for putting it on. Gerald Bruce, Kingston, Okla.


Date:
July 07, 2006

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LOVE SEEING AND READING - HOWARD GIBEAULT (JABOW) IS MY HUSBAND - WHAT A TALENTED GUY! HE REMEMBERS ALL THE GOOD PLAYING AND ALL BOB'S WONDERFUL FANS MAUREEN GIBEAULT, LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA


Date:
July 10, 2006

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Really like your site! Millard Kelso was my great uncle and we're still here in Cleveland, Oklahoma. I would appreciate any old pictures that anyone might have! I'd also like to say something for my Uncle, Millard D. Kelso... Sleep with the Angels! Forever in our hearts! 08/1940-07/2006 Tracy Kelso ShyInOk@aol.com


Date:
July 11, 2006

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Hi all! Glad you have this page, someone has to remember the great playing of Tiny Moore, Eldon Shamblin and Herb Remington. I have played guitar and mandolin professionally since 1955. These fellows were the greatest! Thanks and "play on!" All the best regards, Lou Martin (Martucci) Cypress, CA.


Date:
July 14, 2006

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My Step grandfather Was Jimmy Widener. I was hoping that you would have some information on him that i could get. My email address is redneckjerkyco@msn.com


Date:
July 14, 2006

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I AM LIVING IN THE ORIGINAL HOUSE OF BOB WILLS @ 2118 S ONG IN AMARILLO TEXAS IF ANYONE KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT HIM WHEN HE LIVED IN THIS HOUSE LET ME KNOW SHERRI THOMAS sherri@wtxcoxmail.com 806-681-0732


Date:
July 18, 2006

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Love your website. Al Lindley New Braunfels, TX


Date:
July 20, 2006

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Can anyone help me about a gentleman whom I met who played with Bob Wills back in 50s? I am trying to learn something about a steel guitar musician who used to play with Bob Wills. His name is Tommy Varney. I play in a band here in Richmond and he visited our show. He made himself known to us and I wasn't able to learn more about him before he slipped away. He told me that he played until he had to leave to go into the Army which puts the year about 1950 for the Korean War.  It is important to me to get any information that you might have. His name is Tommy Varney and he played a triple neck steel guitar. My name is Jim Kain and my e-mail address is wb4pmm@aol.com Thank you very much.

Tommy Varner who played for Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys in the 1950's. Tommy is my exhusband. He played for  Billy Jack Wills.  Billy's first steel player--from 1950  until he went to Korea in 1951 then come home and went back with Billy Jack's band. Billy's band merged with Bob Will's  in late 54, .It could be said that Bob took over  Billy Jack;s band.--that is what happened---- I  think Tommy played For   Bob  Wills close to a year, give or take a couple of months. Billy Jack , Tommy and the rest of the band plus Skeeter Elkin stayed at Wills point and Tommy played steel guitar for Billy Jack  until late 1956 or early 1957. after Wills Point Ballroom  burned { June 1956}
 Our youngest  daughter  Janet ,and I flew  down--to Richmond, Virginia to Visit with Tommy  last month. he is doing well. but become  upset because he  isn't able to play now a days. He says he can hear the music in his head, but can't get his hands to co-operate . He was saying that Bob taught him a lot.

 May God Bless, Frances 
            fvarner@pcslink.com

Date:
July 21, 2006

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Hey, en todo el mundo gusta la musica de Bob Wills. Gracias Bob & TP. Oscar RH.


Date:        
         January 05, 2007

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finally a web site to document the legendary bob wills...this site was needed so much...


January 10, 2007

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This is R.L Woodside's grandaughter and I would just like to say that I really appreciate you mentioning him... Keep up the good work.   P.S. My email is bellybuttonlady234@yahoo.com


January 10, 2007

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Great site, very informative. My grandpa said Jesse Ashlock lived with his family as a boy and he considered him a brother. I've heard stories my whole life and am glad this site is available. Curt  


Date:        January 25, 2007

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Greatest driving solid rhythm western swing jazz music forever. Met some of the players ( Bobby Koefer, Steel Guitar)was heard at the old Cotton Woods Dance Hall near Albany Oregon in the early 50`s with Bob. Met him again in Fairbanks Alaska. We have remained friends and he keeps me posted on all his music job travels with his wife Judy.
A great couple. Jim Adkins Vancouver WA.


Date: February 5, 2007

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I enjoyed the clip of Junior Barnard in action.  It would be nice if you can put more clips of band members online.  Keep up the good work.  Thank you for working to keep Western Swing and the Texas 
Playboys alive for more generations of devotees.

- Ed Dykes, Winchester Texas


Date: February 5, 2007

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Keep up the good work. My Dad lived and worked at Lake Francis Resort near Salome Springs Ark. When he was a boy in the 1930s. Bob Wills and the Lightcrust Doughboys would play there. My Grandfather supplemented his income by making some of the best Moonshine in all of the south. It was one of my Dad's jobs to supply Bob and his band with this fine refreshment and once he was rewarded with a fine western hat given to him by Bob. Dad was a fan his whole life, and so am I………….. and I still have that hat.
Thanks Mr. Wills…………………..Mac.


Date:        February 08, 2007

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Love that Bob!!!  And Junior, Eldon, Leon, and everybody who loves and plays western swing.  I got my intro from Claude Casey who lived in my home town while I was growing up in Johnston, S. C.
Ben the bluegrass bassplayer


Date:        February 11, 2007

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I grew up hearing stories and looking at pictures of the very early Texas Playboys. My grandpa, Burl Davenport played with them before they made it big. I was hoping to find out more, Audrey Munsch St.Louis,MO.


Date:        February 12, 2007

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Hi, I own a violin that has "Bob wills" carved lightly and well worn in the back of it.  Did he perhaps at one time own this violin or is it just a tribute by a fan?  The violin is beautiful and I play it regularly in our local symphony. Please email me at gypsyvln@aol.com


Date:        February 16, 2007

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Enjoyed visiting the web site.  My grandfather, James Raford Stewart, played guitar, fiddle, and banjo with Bob Wills, according to my mother, Annette Stewart Fulton, who passed away in 2006.  I wish I knew more . . . if anyone does remember him, I'd love to hear about it.  My email is:  ican2du@yahoo.com


Date:        February 17, 2007

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Keep it up. Very nice site. Darin & Robyn Fisher
Enid Oklahoma


Date:        February 17, 2007

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does anyone know how to reach Casey Dickens?  He was my old elementary school math teacher and I loved his stories about his time with the Texas Playboys!
Mike Shingler  mike@mlsenvironmental.com


Date:        February 24, 2007

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Great website. I have been a Bob Wills fan for as long as I can remember. I am a bass player and have played a lot of Bob Wills music over the past 30 years. I would like to know more about the life and times of the great JOE ANDREWS. Keep on playing that WESTERN SWING. Danny Andrews, Savannah,Tennessee.


Date:        February 26, 2007

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If you ever decide get SIRIUS Satellite Radio be sure to tune into The Roadhouse channel 62.  They play LOTS of Bob Wills music.  That is one of the BEST Country channels I have ever heard.  I have it.
Danny  Joplin, MO


Date:        February 26, 2007

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Hi!  Just visited the Bob Wills site. I heard Bob Wills songs on Willie's Place on XM satellite radio Fri., Texas Independence Day. Wills and his Texas Playboys have to be the greatest Texas swing band in history. That
music just really puts one in a good mood. I just wanted  to let you know. Sincerely, a 63 year old Iowa gal.


Date:        March 03, 2007

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Enjoyed the best of the best western swing ever. Attended many hours of the "best of the best" music in Oklahoma & Texas in the thirties and forties.  Especially at dances & Radio. We had many many of Bob's recordings until lost in a home fire. Kind of hard to find now days but We keep looking.

Thanks!
J.W. Steadman
jwarrensteadman@msn.com


Date:        March 07, 2007

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I was so excited to find info on little Becky Barfield. Although I never met her she was my aunt. I am her baby sister Wanda Barfield's second son. If anyone out there knows were I could find her two children Rebecca and Cameron my cousins please notify me at charlessloan4321@netzero.net Thank you. There will be a family reunion in memory of Becky's mother Ona Mae Barfield this summer and there family would love to meet them Thank you Jimmy.


Date:        March 11, 2007

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I was born during WW II in San Antonio, so grew up listening to Western music. Bob Wills was part of that. My dad has an old video taped from PBS of Bob Wills last performance. I'm trying to find out if DVD of that is available to purchase for him.  I was out of Texas for 50 years, but am back, now in Spicewood. Gary Guthrie


Date:        March 13, 2007

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Hello Texans. My name is jimmy Barfield and I'm  little becky barfields nephew. I remember growing up in and around phenix city Ala,  and columbus Ga. My grandaddy Willy Coot barfielf was little becky barfields Daddy and I stayed with him nearly every weekend while growing up as a young teen. He tought me alot about music and respect for thoughs whom worked in the mucis buisness. We all have our favorits such as Hank,Chet and many other greats. He loved all of ya'll and talk without end of the times at the grand ol opre when minnie perl would rock Momma in a rocking chair back stage while grandaddy would preform. I thank you all for those beautiful memories that he had.He was so proud of his beautiful dauhgter Becky. I live in Oregon now with my Daddy and miss Grandaddy very much. I hope you all never forget becky and grandaddy Willy Coot Barfield. Bob Wills was a great man and had alot of responsabilities as is alot of our new artistists. Thank you Alan Jackson for keeping the good old sounds of country alive, I know how hard it is these days with all the new transmixed new wave stuff coming out it just goes to show you that good old country will never die. We love you and if you ever want to go back in time when things were more simple and people had values and morals Email me at charlessloan4321@netzero.net and I will tell you about my song. Love jimmy


Date:        March 15, 2007

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When you think of "Fiddle Music", you can't help but think Bob Wills. He is truly a legend, I was born in 1960 and grew up listening to his music because it's what my parents listened to. It made such an impression on me, I still love it.
Kay Lifsey
Huntingdon, TN


Date:        March 22, 2007

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found the web site and thought it was interesting...I have a few memories of him and some pictures...just a little girl when my grandfather died but I remember him and grandma Betty...I still have birthday cards they sent me...


Date:        April 24, 2007

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Music that will live on through the generation's to come......Lisa Holligan


Date:        May 08, 2007

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I grew up in the east, and I thought I knew something about jazz and swing - until I hear Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys!


Date:        June 04, 2007

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I played 2 days with Bob when Lee Ross put together the Bob Wills band reunion in Frasno because Tag had died, and I'd been working with Lee who was Bobs lead singer after Tommy so I knew all the songs, after his last show we ask Bob if anyone had recorded his life story and he said no, so I had an old webcor tape recorder that I took to his room, Lee did the interview and I recorded it so I have his life story on tape, I offered it to the people in Turkey Texas and they didn't seem interested in it, Lee and Bob are both dead so I'm the sole owner of it now and because Bob said we could use it anyway we wanted I'll be posting it on my web site free of charge to anyone who wants to hear it at www.singingwires.com
PS: Bob was pretty sick when he made the tape and died shortly after.

a devoted fan of Bob Wills " Ray Riggs"


Date:        June 07, 2007

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Bob wills and the Texas Playboys used to play at my mom and dads night club in socorro New Mexico.  The name of the night club was The Casa Blanca and my mom and dad are Frank and Sheila Brown.  I heard about them all through the years as I was growing up from my mother Sheila Brown.


Date:        June 19, 2007

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While 'googling' for information about the Miller Brothers, their name popped up in a discussion thread in your site's "Discussion Group"- What a great place you have here! I am the daughter of Dutch Ingram. He was the drummer for the Miller Brothers in the '50s. While reading thru the archives I saw quite a few names of people that he played with or knew when he was in the business. Thanks for having such a great place to visit!


Date:        July 01, 2007

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My dad owned what he called his 'honky tonk' near Long Beach CA back in the late 30s early 40s. As a kid I would go there with my mom some afternoons, and hear honky tonk music, much of which consisted of Bob Wills tunes. Later his music disappeared. While I am a classical music buff, I still enjoy the real music of the American people. Wills filled an important niche in our musical history.


Date:        July 03, 2007

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Hello Y'all,
Oh my I couldn't believe the amount of information you have supplied in your site. Wonderful! I look forward to seeing you at the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso Downs, NM . Look forward to further educating myself and my child on the history of the Texas Playboys. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

Christina Hobbie


Date:        July 07, 2007

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I was stationed at Amarillo Air Force Training Center in 1953-54.Bob Wills had come back from California and was playing at the Cotton Club in Amarillo. I started dancing to his music at that time. The ladies in Texas  were so great teaching the two step. I still love western swing music and dancing. Please e-mail if anyone was there or knows any thing about Bob Wills at that time.
Earnestc@AOL.com


Date:        July 10, 2007

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I can answer any questions about The miller brothers band. My father was a founding member Lee Cochran, I also have many pictures and all of his records. Its very cool that people still want to talk about them and listen to them. I grew up knowing how good they were, Its nice to know other people feel the same way i do.
Thanks, Danny Cochran


Date:        July 11, 2007

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As a child, I went to Turkey, Texas to visit my Dad's cousin. Don't remember much about it, but my Dad loved to listen to Bob Wills.  I can still remember hearing and dancing to "Heart to heart talk" in 1960-1961, as it played all the time on the juke box at Garner State Park. My grown children love to hear Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and the grandchildren break into dance every time. A big thanks from Texas!


Date:        July 14, 2007

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I had the great pleasure of seeing Bob and the Texas Playboys in the late '40's & early '50's in Clinton, OK. I have a LOT of their recordings and listened to them as a child. I have the honor of knowing quite a few of them from later years, all of them truly great people. It is still the greatest band to come along. Leroy Livesay, P.O.Box 1505, Clinton,Ok 73601 PH 580-445-7924 e-mail: leroyslens@omega1w.net


Date: August 29, 2007

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It is really awesome to see this site. Being apart of this family and to be able to show our son Luke Wills this site so that he can see where his family came from. Thank you, Karen Wills


Date: August 30, 2007

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Web site is great would be cool if when it was opened some of Bob Wills music would play. I am doing a project for college music and I really love his music.


Date: September 02, 2007

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Went through Turkey, Texas today on the way back from Amarillo to Houston. Saw the sign -- Turkey Texas Home of Bob Wills and thought I should do a little research to learn a bit more about Bob Wills. Ironically, when I drove out of town on my motorcycle I drove through about a dozen wild turkeys (no turkeys or motorcyclists hurt in the encounter) -- not kidding, you can't make this stuff up.


Date: December 06, 2007

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Great site! My grandfather was Bill Scoggins, from Stigler OK, who apparently had a stint with the Playboys in the late 30's? prior to moving to Richmond CA in '41. He played fiddle, also banjo, piano, etc. I was wondering if anyone had stories, or remembered him? I would love to hear from you! Email at JI_SLC@Yahoo.com, Thanks, John


Date: December 09, 2007

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good website... good job honoring grandpa... you should give me his saxaphone so i can play dad!!! glenn donald rhees III "big dreams for big things"


Date: December 19, 2007

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Big sigh....I LOVE it when I run across this site, it always takes me "Back to Tulsa". I grew up at 22nd and Memorial in Tulsa, and knew Johnnie Lee and his wife very well. My best friend was related to Johnnie's wife, and so we sauntered into the Western Shop on Memorial everyday, on our way to feed a horse. Johnnie lived at 24th and Memorial, and we visited his beautiful horse, Black Diamond, on a regular basis. We met Bob one time, VERY early in our little lives....we had NO idea what an American Icon we were meeting, we only knew he was Johnnie's brother. Growing up in Tulsa, and being 51, I have Bob ingrained on my history. Eldon worked occasionally at the Git N Go convenience store on 21st, just West of Memorial. He sold us candy and gave my brother a buck knife one time. I met him years later, at the Mabee Center and we talked shortly about that ol' Git N Go. What good memories. I worked at Peaches Records in 79-82, and also had the pleasure of meeting Gene Crownover....what a nice guy. It's a blessing, this website and it's contents. Thank you for putting it together so well, and keeping it a place that Bob fans can come and have a little "comfort time", be they from TX or Ok or wherever. Congrats to the new Cain's owners, ya' done good!!!! I went to the old Cain's too many times to tell, and knew the previous owner. It's back to it's wonderful grandeur, I'm sure the guys and gals hanging on the wall, would be proud of her now....thank you for your efforts! Keep swingin' everyone!!! Lanette Brown Carlsbad, NM


Date: January 10, 2008

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Big Ball's in COWTOWN: Would have loved to eat saltine crackers (@10 cents per pound) and listened to these guys play. I love the music....Raised in TX and OK. Never knew what I had around me till they were already gone. (Eldon,Tiny and Leon) First time I heard Milk Cow blues...I was Hooked! Probably have that played at my funeral :), just to kick it up a notch. Wouldn't be the most reverent sound..but dang those boys could play! Dgeorge,Springfield,MO


Date: April 23, 2008

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Al Stricklin, Bob Wills piano player lived in Cleburne Texas as long as I can remember. Al Strickland played his piano on a live radio show every Saturday morning on KCLE 1120 AM at the Dickson's Bargain Annex Music Store on East Henderson street in Cleburne. I started playing the piano when I was about 7 or 8 years old. My dad (O.D. Wilson) who was a friend and swing fiddler took me to meet Al Stricklin one Saturday morning at the music store. All is history after that. Within the hour, I was playing live on the radio show with brother Al Stricklin and I was only about 9 or 10 years old. We become very good friends after that. Al is the man who give me the name (Rinky Dink Rag-Time Dave) and many still call me Rag-Time Dave. I know a lot about Al Stricklin that many people don't. For example, how much he loved gardening and raising his own vegetables. Al had a garden on the Grandview highway (Hwy 4)just a little way pass the Eastern Heights Church on the north side of the highway. I visited with brother Al Stricklin several times at his garden and we sit and talked about his musical memories. Al introduced me to Bob Wills in my early to mid teens at Panther Hall in Ft. Worth, Texas. After playing the piano for Bob Wills, he asked if I would play some Rag-Time Piano as the people come in for the dance. Boy Howdy, I sure made a lot of money that night. People were throwing money all over me as I played. You wouldn't believe the applause and laughter when I started gathering up the money. Thanks to brother Al and his lovely wife, I have precious memories to share with others about Bob Wills and The Texas Play Boys. It will be my first trip to Turkey Texas this year and I hope that maybe I can sit in and pound the piano a little (AS BROTHER AL USE TO SAY) and have some swinging fun. I have a very nice Photo that his wife give me that hangs on the wall at the Red Chew Chew BBQ and Grill in Cleburne Texas where I still play Swing and Rag-Time piano. I could go on for ever about brother Al, but for now just let me say, Ill see you in Turkey Texas on April 25th. 2008. God Bless and see you there. RAG TIME DAVID WILSON (By the way,) this is a Great Web Site !!!


 
Date:
January 15, 2011

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I check this site everyday and my Thanks to you Robert for creating it. I have heard about you from Billy Byrd. I am really an old timer and a fan of Bob and the Texas Playboys since it hit the West Coast in the early forties and I was just a kid. Look forward to everyone's postings. I am in the State of Oregon. MP


Date:
January 16, 2011

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My Grandfather played with Bob Wills in 1939-41 when he had a Brass band. He was a Trombone player. There are only a few pics of him that I could find. But in "San Antonio Rose" I can hear him distinctly playing the solo....


Date:
January 23, 2011

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A Great site with some excellent information and pics..Many Thanks for your time and trouble. Richie...Gt Britain


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