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Billy Jack Wills: Cadillac In Model 'A' - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight (CD)

1-CD Digipak, 36-page booklet, 31 tracks, total playing time approx. 75 min.

  • Another exciting title in Bear Family Records®' popular 'Gonna Shake This Shack' series.
  • Billy Jack Wills was the youngest brother in the Texas Wills Western Swing dynasty. 
  • He wrote the lyrics to Faded Love, the huge 1950 hit for his big brother Bob!
  • At the time, Billy Jack was running the Wills Point club in Sacramento for his brother Bob and formed a house band - one of the hippest Western swing bands of the 1940s and early '50s - that accompanied him on these recordings.
  • Trademark: the hardest backbeat in country music at the time.
  • Jazzy rockin' versions of Good Rockin' Tonight, Crazy Man Crazy, All She Wants to Do Is Rock alongside (Western) Swing classics like Air Mail Special, C-Jam Blues and Cadillac in Model' A' - great Rhythm & Western in its purest form!
  • 31 songs, described in detail in the extensive illustrated booklet with liner notes by Roland Heinrich Rumtreiber.

Here is yet another exciting title in Bear Family Records®' popular series 'Gonna Shake This Shack'.
Billy Jack Wills was the youngest brother of the Wills western swing dynasty. Born February 26, 1926, in Memphis, Hall County, TX, Billy Jack joined the family business as Johnnie Lee Wills' bass player in his late teens. However, mighty Bob Wills ordered him to California to join the Texas Playboys as bass player and drummer. He was also occasionally featured as a vocalist, and he proved his worth by writing the lyrics to Faded Love, Will's massive hit of 1950.

In the late 1940s, Billy Jack Wills took over management of Wills Point, Bob's club in Sacramento. While Bob and the Texas Playboys went on tour again, Billy Jack formed the house band that accompanied him on these recordings. Legendary Playboy Tiny Moore did not want to get back on the road with Bob and became the featured star and co-vocalist in Billy Jack's Western Swing Band. 
The band also included trumpeter and bassist Dick McComb, fiddler and bassist Cotton Roberts, rhythm guitarist Kenny Lowery, and later local teen steel guitarist, Vance Terry. Vance idolized the jazzy Hawaiian style of Noel Boggs. 

Since Billy Jack was twenty years younger than Bob, his musical influences were more up-to-date. Billy and Tiny had the most progressive band in the early and mid-1950s. Billy Jack also encouraged his members to improvise. Despite the jazzy solos of Terry and McComb, Billy Jack's Western Swing Band had the hardest backbeat in country music. Billy Jack indeed was on the verge of rocking & rolling. The band had a strong following in the Pacific Northwest, and their covers of r & b hits of the day were dance floor magnets. 

Bear Family Records® presents Billy Jack Will's Western Swing band at their jazzy rockinest: The CD presents their splendid versions of Good Rockin' Tonight, Crazy Man Crazy, All She Wants to Do Is Rock, alongside (western) swing classics such as Air Mail Special, C-Jam Blues, and the song Wills is genuinely famous for Cadillac in Model' A'. Bear Family Records® presents the MGM version AND the rockin' radio transcript recorded at KFBK Studios, Sacramento, CA. Most of the other songs also stem from the 1952-54 Sacramento sessions held at KFBK. Most western swing bands excelled during radio sessions - the informality brought out the best in the high-class improvisers of that genre. Thus, the tracks surpass any commercial studio recording of the time. Here are 31 selections of Billy Jack Wills and his Western Swing Band – at their swinging finest! 

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  • Album titlle: Cadillac In Model 'A' - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight (CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode AH
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127176448

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Wills, Billy Jack - Cadillac In Model 'A' - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight (CD) CD 1
01 Kentucky Means Paradise Billy Jack Wills
02 There's Good Rockin' Tonight Billy Jack Wills
03 Crazy Man Crazy Billy Jack Wills
04 Cadillac In Model 'A' Billy Jack Wills
05 Out Of Gas Billy Jack Wills
06 Hey Lula (Hey Lu-La) Billy Jack Wills
07 Air Mail Special Billy Jack Wills
08 For You My Love Billy Jack Wills
09 All She Wants To Do Is Rock Billy Jack Wills
10 Kissin' Bug Boogie Billy Jack Wills
11 Roped And Tied Billy Jack Wills
12 C-Jam Blues Billy Jack Wills
13 Sweet Georgia Brown Billy Jack Wills
14 Water Baby Boogie Billy Jack Wills
15 I Don't Know Billy Jack Wills
16 Sugar Blues Billy Jack Wills
17 Bottle Baby Boogie Billy Jack Wills
18 Milk Cow Blues Billy Jack Wills
19 Jelly Roll Blues Billy Jack Wills
20 Troubles (That Lonesome Kind) Billy Jack Wills
21 Woodchopper's Ball Billy Jack Wills
22 Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues Billy Jack Wills
23 She's A Quarter Horse Type (Of A Gal) Billy Jack Wills
24 Lonesome Hearted Blues Billy Jack Wills
25 Dipsy Doodle Billy Jack Wills
26 Tobacco Chewing Boogie Billy Jack Wills
27 Mr. Cotton Picker Billy Jack Wills
28 Hey Mr. Mailman Billy Jack Wills
29 Teardrops From My Eyes Billy Jack Wills
30 Cadillac In Model 'A' (MGM) Billy Jack Wills
31 My Shoes Keep Walkin' Back To You Billy Jack Wills
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4 Nov 2022

That is why we love Bear Family Records!

So this cat Billy Jack Wills was apparently one big-time bad-ass in his day and this is why we love Bear Family Records, the German label who takes so many forgotten American pioneers, resurrects them from underneath the dustbin of history, and returns them to their former glory. Dwight Yoakam and Marty Stuart taught us that true unvarnished hillbilly music is actually cool, not a degrading epithet to be called such, more like a badge of honor. White Soul! (Let us not forget that when Elvis was changing the world, he called himself “The Hillbilly Cat.”)
Cadillac In Model “A”: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight by Memphis native Billy Jack Wills is a stone keeper. Billy Jack was 20 years younger than his legendary brother Bob "The King Of Western Swing" Wills who installed him as part-time bassist and drummer for his Texas Playboys before sending him out west to California to run The Wills Point Club in Sacramento. So Billy Jack goes and forms a house band so hard-charging and in-your face, it becomes one of the hippest bands of the 1940s and early ‘50s. They had the wildest backbeat in all of country music. They could swing mightily. They could do the bop, do the stroll, they improvised jam-band style, they even took some cues from Hawaiian music. They stopped just short of rockin’ and rollin’ since there was no such thing at the time…but you’d be hard-pressed to believe that by listening to these 31 tracks, especially “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” “Crazy Man Crazy,” “All She Wants To Do Is Rock” and “C-Jam Blues.”

2 Nov 2022

The HARDEST BACKBEAT in Country Music!

Billy Jack and the boys merge, western swing, jazz and the emerging rock 'n' roll genre cover tracks like 'Crazy Man Crazy' and 'Good Rockin' Tonight' in their own style.

1 Aug 2022

Billy Jack's Western Swing Band had the heaviest backbeat in country music

Billy Jack Wills, the youngest brother of western swing legend Bob Wills, gets a nice release in the "Gonna Shake This Chess Tonight" series, which includes releases from 1951-56 for the 4-Star and MGM labels and 18 recordings from radio transcriptions from 1952-54.Billy was born on February 26, 1926 in Memphis, Hall County, Texas and began as Johnnie Lee Will's bass player in his teens. But Bob Wills wanted him to come to California and join the Texas Playboys as bassist and drummer. He also turned out to be a good singer, and he proved his creativity by writing the lyrics to "Faded Love," Wills' huge hit in 1950. In the late 1940s, Billy Jack Wills took over the management of Wills Point, Bob's club in Sacramento. While Bob and the Texas Playboys went on tour again, Billy Jack formed his own band to perform at the club. Tiny Moore, from Will's band, was tired of touring and became the star of the club and also the vocalist with Billy in his band, Billy Jack's Wes- tern Swing Band. The band also included Dick McComb (trumpet/bass), Cotton Roberts (fiddle/bass), Kenny Lowery (acoustic guitar) and Vance Terry (steel guitar). Being twenty years younger than Bob, Billy Jack's musical influences were not the same as Bob's. Billy and Tiny had the most progressive band in the early and mid-1950s. Billy Jack also encouraged his members to improvise. Despite Terry and McComb's jazzy solos, Billy Jack's Western Swing Band had the heaviest backbeat in country music. Billy Jack presents his versions of "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Crazy Man Crazy", "All She Wants To Do Is Rock" and not to forget "Air Mail Special", "C-Jam Blues" and "Cadillac in Model 'A'". Informative text in the booklet by Roland Heinrich and a detailed discography.

22 Jul 2022

Crazy Man Crazy

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Tracklist
Wills, Billy Jack - Cadillac In Model 'A' - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight (CD) CD 1
01 Kentucky Means Paradise
02 There's Good Rockin' Tonight
03 Crazy Man Crazy
04 Cadillac In Model 'A'
05 Out Of Gas
06 Hey Lula (Hey Lu-La)
07 Air Mail Special
08 For You My Love
09 All She Wants To Do Is Rock
10 Kissin' Bug Boogie
11 Roped And Tied
12 C-Jam Blues
13 Sweet Georgia Brown
14 Water Baby Boogie
15 I Don't Know
16 Sugar Blues
17 Bottle Baby Boogie
18 Milk Cow Blues
19 Jelly Roll Blues
20 Troubles (That Lonesome Kind)
21 Woodchopper's Ball
22 Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues
23 She's A Quarter Horse Type (Of A Gal)
24 Lonesome Hearted Blues
25 Dipsy Doodle
26 Tobacco Chewing Boogie
27 Mr. Cotton Picker
28 Hey Mr. Mailman
29 Teardrops From My Eyes
30 Cadillac In Model 'A' (MGM)
31 My Shoes Keep Walkin' Back To You