The Hits: Bob Wills
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||Bubbles In My Beer||Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys||2:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Little Cowboy Lullaby||Bob Wills||2:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Keeper of My Heart||Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys||2:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age||Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys||2:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Cotton Patch Blues||Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys||2:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Thorn In My Heart||Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys||2:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ida Red Likes the Boogie||Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys||2:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me)||Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys||2:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Faded Love||Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys||2:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||St. Louis Blues||Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys||3:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Texas Blues||Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys||2:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
The Great Bob Wills was issued in 1965 on the Harmony label as an overview, by and large, of the Texas Playboys' recordings in the first years after World War II. The tracks come almost entirely from 1945-1947, though "Bob Wills Special" was recorded in 1940 and the scorching "Fat Boy Rag" was initially recorded in 1938. Standouts are the burning "Bob Wills Schottische," an instrumental with a killer barrelhouse piano solo in the middle. There's also "Bob Wills Boogie," in which everybody gets to tear it up for a few bars. These sounds are the first real instances of the guitar style that became known as the rock & roll sound, full of bent, driving notes, along with a I-IV-V blues/boogie pattern in overdrive. There are a couple of vocals by Harley Huggins, and "Staccato Waltz," where the Playboys' Tommy Duncan duets with the McKinney Sisters. This set not available by itself on compact disc, but is part of a two-fer on the Collectables label with Remembering...The Greatest Hits of Bob Wills (Col 7550). The Great Bob Wills is an excellent showcase for the versatility of Wills and his band at one of their creative peaks.
Born: March 6, 1905 in Kosse, TX
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s