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In the 1930s powerful jazz influences infected the string bands of Texas and the Southwest.

Blending saxes and brass, hot jazz fiddle, swinging dance rhythms, dixieland, swing and blues with rural string band sounds created Western Swing.

A widely popular regional music that may sound country . . . but it’s pure jazz and blues.

A series featuring Western Swing by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Light Crust Doughboys, Milton Brown, Smokey Wood, Hot Club of Cowtown, and others.

BASIN STREET BLUES  --  Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, 1946
WILLIAM TELL  --  Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, unissued 1938
THAT’S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE SOUTH  --  Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys,  1938      
SWING BLUES #1  --  Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, 1936
PIPE LINERS BLUES  --  Modern Mountaineers, 1940
EVERYBODY’S TRUCKIN’  --  Smokey Wood & Modern Mountaineers, 1937
FORT WORTH STOMP  --  Crystal Springs Ramblers, 1937
BUG SCUFFLE  --  Swift Jewel Cowboys , 1939
I’M AN OLD COWHAND  --  Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks, voc. Mary Anne Price, 1972
MISSION TO MOSCOW  --  Hot Club of Cowtown, 1998

WOMEN, WOMEN, WOMEN  --  Shelly Lee Alley and his Alley Cats, 1937
FAN IT  --  Milton Brown & his Musical Brownies, 1936
TEXAS HAMBONE BLUES  --  Milton Brown & his Musical Brownies, 1936
CHINATOWN MY CHINATOWN  --  Milton Brown, 1935
CHINATOWN MY CHINATOWN  --  Hot Club of Cowtown
MISSISSIPPI DELTA BLUES  --  Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, 1941
PLEASE DON’T TALK ABOUT ME  --  Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, 1947
DARKTOWN STRUTTERS' BALL  --  Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys, 1936

Bob Wills'
"Tulsa Orchestra" Western Swing band with 8 horns, plus fiddles and amplified steel guitars.

KNOCKY, KNOCKY  --  The Light Crust Doughboys, 1938
HILLBILLY SWING  --  Jimmie Revard and his Oklahoma Playboys, c. 1937
MILK COW BLUES  --  Johnny Lee Wills, 1941
PANHANDLE SHUFFLE  --  The Sons of the West, 1941
SISTER KATE  --  Clifff Bruner Texas Wanderers, c. 1937
SWEET JENNY LEE  --  Hot Club of Cowtown, 1998
SUNDOWN BLUES  --  The Texas Wanderers,  voc Moon Mullican, 1940
BRING IT DOWN TO MY HOUSE HONEY  --  Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies, 1937
HESITATION BLUES  --   Milton Brown his Musical Brownies, 1936
CORRINE, CORRINA  --  Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, voc Bob Wills, 1940
TULSA TWIST  --  Dickie McBride & the Village Boys, 1941

SITTIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD  --  Mississippi Sheiks, early 1930s
SITTIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD -- Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Wills vocal, 1935
SITTIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD  --  Asylum St. Spankers
LOUISE, LOUISE  --  Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies, vocal Derwood Brown, 1937
JEEP’S BLUES  --  Port Arthur Jubileers, 1940
HONEY WHAT YOU GONNA DO  --  Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys 1941
BRAIN CLOUDY BLUES  --  Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys, vocal Tommy Duncan, 1946
BIG BEAVER  --  Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys, 1940

Bob Wills:
Probably Tulsa
May, 1942

Courtesy Hal Smith)

OKLAHOMA STOMP  --  Spade Cooley & his Orchestra, 1946
WHATS THE MATTER WITH THE MILL  --  Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, 1946
I NEVER KNEW  --  Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, 1946
TROUBLE IN MIND  --  Skeets McDonald, 1950s
WAITING JUST FOR YOU  --  Hank Penny, vocal by Jaye P. Morgan
I WISH I WAS A SINGLE GIRL  --  Maddox Brothers and Rose
JERSEY BOUNCE  --  Hank Penny, 78 rpm
MERLE’S BOOGIE WOOGIE  --  Merle Travis, 78 rpm
OKIE BOOGIE  --  Jack Guthrie and his Oklahomans, 78 rpm
BOB WILLS BOOGIE  --   Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, 1946
SQUARE DANCE BOOGIE  --  Johnny Lee Wills, late 1940s, vocal Leon Huff
THREE WAY BOOGIE  --  Spade Cooley & his Orchestra, 1946

SNAKE DANCE BOOGIE  --  Roy Hogsed, 1951
COCAINE BLUES  --  Roy Hogsed, 1947
OLD JOE TURNER’S BLUES  --  Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers, piano and vocal Moon Mullican
FAT BOY RAG  (excerpt)  --  Bob Wills, 1945
DEAR OKIE (excerpt)  --  Bill Carlisle, 78 rpm
DEAR ARKIE (excerpt)   --  Cliffie Stone, 78 rpm
EASY MONTHLY PAYMENT BLUES (excerpt)  --  Roy Hogsed, 1947, 78 rpm
TAXES, TAXES (excerpt)  --  Hank Penny early 1950s
BOTTLE BABY BOOGIE  --  Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys, 1953
ALIMONY BOUND  (excerpt)  --  Merle Travis, 78 rpm
ALIMONY  --  Maddox Bros & Rose, late 1940s
FISHTAIL BOOGIE  --  Roy Hogsed, 1947
HILLBILLY BEBOP  --  Hank Penny, early 1950s

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