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Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys: San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book)

11-CD/1 DVD box (LP-size) with 186-page hardcover book, 296 tracks. Playing time approx. 812 mns.

Beyond influential. Beyond seminal. That's Bob Wills' Columbia recordings, complete for the first time. In the quarter-century since his death, Bob Wills has become recognized for the innovative way he synthesized many American musical genres into an adventurous style that he called 'Texas Fiddle Music' and the world called 'Western Swing.' It's a measure of his influence that he is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Here is the music that turned the world on its ear: the first fifteen years (1932-1947) of Bob Wills' recording career. This momentous body of music has never been available in its totality, and has never been packaged with the care and attention to detail it merits, nor has the music been as carefully restored as it is here.

This epochal anthology begins with Bob Wills' 1932 Victor recordings with Milton Brown as the Fort Worth Doughboys, then includes the complete Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys' 1935-1947 sessions for ARC and Columbia. Tommy Duncan is the featured vocalist on the majority of these recordings. This anthology includes the original versions of songs that have become American music classics, such as
San Antonio Rose, New San Antonio Rose, Spanish Two Step, Maiden's Prayer, Steel Guitar Rag, Take Me Back To Tulsa, Roly Poly, Stay A Little Longer, Hang Your Head In Shame, Right Or Wrong,
Trouble In Mind, Home In San Antone and Miss Molly. A fresh search of the vaults has also yielded rare alternate takes, unreleased (and previously unknown) material, studio chatter and a few rare mid-'40s radio airshots. In addition, all the recordings have been carefully remastered for optimum sound quality, vastly better than any previous anthology. Depth, presence and subtleties rarely heard on the original 78s and subsequent reissues are heard here. This is how Wills and the Playboys sounded onstage: daring, witty, moving and charismatic.

This 11-CD/1-DVD box, which features the movie 'Take Me Back To Oklahoma' (NTSC format) includes a book with a biography and musical analysis by Rich Kienzle, based on unpublished interviews with various Playboys. It also includes Bob Pinson's revised discography, an introduction from 'Asleep at the Wheel' founder Ray Benson, as well as rare photos and Wills memorabilia from the archives of collector Glenn P. White.

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Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 1
01Sunbonnet SueBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02Nancy JaneBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03Osage StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04Get With ItBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05I Can't Give You Anything But LoveBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06Spanish Two StepBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07Maiden's PrayerBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08Wang Wang BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09St.Louis BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10Good Old OklahomaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11Blue RiverBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12Mexicali RoseBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13I Ain't Got NobodyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14Never No More BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15Who Walks In When I Walk OutBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16Old Fashioned LoveBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17Oklahoma RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18Black And Blue RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19Sittin'On Top Of The WorldBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20Four Or Five TimesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21I Can't Be StatisfiedBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22Smith's ReelBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23HarmonyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24Tulsa WaltzBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25Waltz In DBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 2
01She's Killing MeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02Weary Of The Same Ol' StuffBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03No Matter How She Done It (Whittaker)Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04Bluin' The BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05Steel Guitar RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06Get Along Home CindyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07Trouble In MindBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08What's The Matter With The Mill?Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09Sugar BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10Basin Street BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11Red Hot Gal Of MineBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12Darktown Strutter's BallBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13Too BusyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14Back Home Again In IndianaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15Away Out ThereBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16Crippled TurkeyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17Fan ItBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18Red HeadBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19Mean Mama BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20There's No Disappointment In HeavenBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21Rockin' Alone In A Old Rockin' ChairBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22Sleepy Time In Sleepy HollowBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23Bring It On Down To My HouseBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24I've Got The Wonder Where She Went BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25Right Or WrongBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26Swing Blues (part 1)Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
27Swing Blues (part 2)Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 3
01White HeatBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02Dedicated To YouBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03Playboy StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04Steel Guitar StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05RosettaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06Bleeding Hearted BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07Blue Yodel (part 1)Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08Tulsa StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09Tie Me To Your Apron Strings AgainBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10Never More Hard Times BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11Sunbonnet SueBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12The New St.Louis BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13Loveless LoveBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14I'm A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15Oozlin' Daddy BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16Black RiderBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17Everybody Does It In HawaiiBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18Alexanders's Ragtime BandBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19Blue PreludeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20Down Hearted BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21Little Heaven Of The Seven SeasBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22Sophisticated HulaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23Pray For The Lights To Go OutBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24Gambling Polka Dot BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25Keep Knocking (But You Can't Come In)Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26Loveless LoveBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
27Oh, Lady Be GoodBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
28Way Down Upon The Swanee RiverBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
29Don't Stop Loving MeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
30Oh You Beautiful DollBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 4
01Moonlight And RosesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02Willian TellBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister KateBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04Mississippi Delta BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05Tulsa StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06Empty Bed BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07Little Red HeadBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08I'll See You In My DreamsBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09San Antonio RoseBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10Little Girl, Go Ask Your MamaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11Carolina In The MorningBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12The Convict and The RoseBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13Silver BellsBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14Dreamy Eyes WaltzBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15Beaumont RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16Twinkle, Twinkli Little StarBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17If I Could Bring My BuddyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18Whoa BabeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19Ida RedBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20YearningBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21I Wonder If You Feel The Way I DoBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22Prosperity SpecialBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23Drunkhard's BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24You're OkayBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25Liza Pull Down The ShadesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26That's What I Like 'Bout The SouthBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
27My Window Faces SouthBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
28The Waltz You Saved For MeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
29Don't Let The Deal Go DownBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 5
01You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care)Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02No WonderBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03Lone Star RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04There's Going To Be A PartyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05I Don't Lov'a NobodyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06That Brownskin GalBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07Corrine CorrinaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08Let Me Call You SweetheartBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09Blue Bonnet RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10Time Changes EverythingBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11Medley Of Spanish Waltzes:La Golondrina/LadyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12Of Spain/Cielito LindoBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13Bob Wills SpecialBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14Big BeaverBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15New San Antonio RoseBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16Wait 'Til You SeeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17LiebestraumBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18Lyla LouBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19New Worried MindBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20La PalomaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21Maiden's PrayerBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22Oh! You Pretty WomanBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23I Found A DreamBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24The Girl I Left Behind MeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25I Knew The Moment I Lost YouBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26Done And GoneBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
27Twin Guitar SpecialBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
28Mississippi Delta BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
29Take Me Back To TulsaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
30Takin' It HomeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 6
01I'm Sorry We Said GoodbyeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02Honey, What You Gonna DoBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03Blue Bonnet LaneBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04Bob Wills StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05Lil Liza JaneBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06Please Don't Leave MeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07Don't Count Your ChickensBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08Cherokee MaidenBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09New San Antonio RoseBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10Ride On! (My Prairie Pinto)Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11Got A Letter From My Kid TodayBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12It's all Your FaultBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13Goodnight Little SweetheartBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14Dusty SkiesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15My Life's Been A PleasureBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16We Might As Well Forget ItBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17Drop Us Off At Bob's PlaceBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18Home In San AntoneBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19That Hot Lick Fiddlin' ManBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20LibertyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21Miss MollyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22It Never Can BeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23Honeymoon TrailBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24It Seems Like YesterdayBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25You're From TexasBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26Goodbye, Liza JaneBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 7
01My ConfessionBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02Ten YearsBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03This Little RosaryBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04When It's Honey Suckle Time In The ValleyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05Let's Ride With BobBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06My LaddieBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now?Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08Hang Your Head In ShameBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09Smoke On The WaterBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10Texas Playboy RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11Bluer Than BlueBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12Hang Your Head In ShameBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13Smoke On The WaterBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14Texas Playboy RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15Bluer Than BlueBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16Roly PolyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17Roly PolyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18Frankie JeanBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19You Don't Care What Happens To MeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20Stay A Little LongerBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21You Should Have Thought Of That BeforeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22I Can't Go On This WayBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23I'm Thru Wastin' Time On YouBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24Easy Rockin' ChairBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25Just A Plain Old Country BoyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 8
01Stars And Stripes On Iwo JimaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02Silver Dew On The Blue Grass TonightBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03I'm So Glad I Met YouBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04New Spanish Two StepBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05Empty Chair At The Christmas TableBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06I'm Feelin' BadBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07White Cross On OkinawaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08This Is SouthlandBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09Cotton Eyed JoeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10Cotton Eyed JoeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11Staccato WaltzBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12Punkin' StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13Sugar MoonBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14Rose Of Old PawneeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15How Can I Be WrongBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16Brain Cloudy BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17Bob Wills BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18There's A Big Rock In The RoadBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19I Got A Cinder In My EyeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20Go To Sleep Our BabyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21VirginiaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22I'm Gonna Be Boss From Now OnBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23Fat Boy RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24Drum TestBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25The Kind Of Love I Can't ForgetBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26There's Two Sides To Every StoryBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 9
01The Devil Ain't LazyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02A Sweet Kind Of LoveBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03Hometown StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04Cowboy StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05MiseryBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06Down In My Neck Of The WoodsBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07Bob Wills SchottischeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08I Just Don't Want That Kind Of LoveBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09Texarkana BabyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10Good Time Cake -WalkBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11Can't Get Enough Of TexasBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12You're ThereBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13Thanks For The HeartachesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14New Texas Playboy RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15What's The Use To Take Your Back AgainBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16Deep WaterBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17Have I Stayed Away Too LongBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18CimarronBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19StardustBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20My BuddyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21Tears On My PillowBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 10
01Steel Guitar RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02Swing Blues (part 1)Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03Steel Guitar StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04Tulsa StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05Never No More Hard Times BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06Oozlin' Daddy BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07Black RiderBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08Everybody Does It In HawaiiBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09Alexander's Ragtime BandBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10Gambling Polka Dot BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11Oh, Lady Be GoodBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12Way down Upon The Swanee RiverBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13Oh You Beautiful DollBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14Lone Star RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15There's Going To Be A PartyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16I Don't Lov'a NobodyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17That Brownskin GalBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18Corine CorrinaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19Bob Wills SpecialBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20Big BeaverBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21Big BeaverBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22LiebestraumBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23Lyla LouBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24New Worried MindBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25The Girl I Left Behind MeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26I Knew The Moment I Lost YouBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
27Twin Guitar SpecialBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
28Twin Guitar SpecialBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
29Takin' It HomeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 11
01Blue Bonnet LaneBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02Blue Bonnet LaneBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03Lil Liza JaneBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04Ride On! (My Prairie Pinto)Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05It's All Your FaultBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06Miss MollyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07Miss MollyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08It Never Can BeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09Roly PolyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10You Don't Care What Happens To MeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11Stay A Little LongerBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12You Should Have Thought Of That BeforeBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13New Spanish Two StepBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14I'm Feelin' BadBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15This Is SouthlandBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16Punkin' StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17How Can It Be WrongBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18Brain Cloudy BluesBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19VirginiaBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20I'm Gonna Be Boss From Now OnBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21There's Two Sides To Every StoryBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22The Devil Ain't LazyBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23Hometown StompBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24MiseryBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25Down In My Neck Of The WoodsBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26I Just Don't Want That Kind Of LoveBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
27Good Time Cake-WalkBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
28Can't Get Enough Of TexasBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
29New Texas Playboy RagBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 12
01'Take Me Back To Oklahoma'(full length movie)Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
One of the most influential figures in country music history, the legendary Bob Wills was a... more
"Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys"

One of the most influential figures in country music history, the legendary Bob Wills was a pioneer of the jazzy, dance hall hybrid western swing that arose and flourished in the Southwest, then later the West Coast, in the 1930s-50s. A Texan who spent much of his heyday in Oklahoma and California, the innovative and charismatic 'King Of Western Swing,' with his classic band the Texas Playboys, combined Texas fiddle music with hot jazz, blues, pop and other styles. A regional star until his smash hit San Antonio Rose propelled him to national fame, Wills' music not only enjoyed enormous popularity and had indelible impact on the development of mainstream country music, but his use of electric guitars, his heavy beat and the blues tinge in his music also made him an influential precursor to rock 'n' roll.

 

Wills died in 1975, but his popularity and impact linger. 2005 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth and Bear Family is celebrating that fact by announcing the planned release of a 2nd Wills box set to follow the acclaimed and important set we issued in 2000, 'San Antonio Rose' (BCD 15933). That monumental first set -- 11 CDs and a DVD of Wills' first movie -- covered Wills' seminal early recordings, encompassing the years 1932-47. Volume two will pick up where that box left off, with Wills' first recordings for MGM in the fall of 1947, and continue to the end to his final recordings from 1973. It will include numerous unissued titles and a complete, previously unreleased 1971 reunion session organized by and featuring country music legend Merle Haggard.

The second set will be issued either in late 2005 or early 2006. Watch for further information in our catalogs or at www.bear-family.de

 

Geb. 6. 3. 1905 im Limestone County - Texas
Gest. 13.5. 1975 in Fort Worth - Texas

When Kris Kristofferson wrote of a "walking contradiction," he wasn't thinking of Bob Wills, but the term certainly applies. Wills represented the passions, ambiguities, and iconoclasm of not only Texas, but of Depression-era America. He was poverty and wealth, America's past, present and future all rolled into one cigar-smoking, white-Stetsoned, barrel-chested dynamo.

A virtuoso breakdown fiddler, he moved like Cab Calloway onstage. He sang the classic blues of Bessie Smith but also emulated Gene Austin's pop crooning. A musician raised in rural poverty, his cowboy boots walked right over Grand Ole Opry tradition. He could cut up on double-entendre tunes, get drunk and miss a week of dances, fight and raise hell, divorce five times and still comfortably sing hymns every Wednesday on the radio.

The fiddle tunes his dad and grandfather taught him 'between the rivers' in rural Texas remained his essence. Nonetheless, in Tulsa he built his Texas Playboys into such a sophisticated unit a New York jazz magazine sent a writer to do a story. Les Paul came to Tulsa to hear them. Wills was one of the first musicians to endorse Fender guitars and praised early rock 'n' roll as an extension of what he'd been doing from the start.

The Bob Wills sound was an amalgam that so long as it felt right, was fine by him. A master musical recycler, many of his best known songs were old fiddle tunes he'd lyricized and revamped. He drew other  songs from the 20th Century's first four decades, simplifying, editing and, working from the gut, making each one his own. Even if the songs came from others, they always came out his way.

While his impact on country music was enormous, he had little use for Nashville and rarely toured east of the Mississippi. Like Waylon and Willie, Wills had his reasons for blowing off Nashville. Nashville, however, had no choice but to listen to him. His beat became the pulse of Honky Tonk. His influence on musicians was even greater. In the 1940s and 1950s, Nashville fiddlers, steel and lead guitarists who set the trends took inspiration from their Playboy counterparts.

Working from the gut, he was fearless, creating a musical blend that was a microcosm of America--a culture constructed from that of others that crossed centuries and transcended ethnic boundaries. There was truly something for everyone.

Given all this, it's perfectly obvious why Bob Wills holds dual membership in both the Country Music and that Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

 

The baby--John and Emma Wills's first--came at one minute before midnight, March 6, 1905 at the Wills family's small log farmhouse near the hamlet of Kosse, 65 miles south of Dallas in Limestone County, Texas.

Married a little over a year, John Tompkins and Emmaline Foley Wills were tenant farmers, a union of two families renowned for their fiddling. They would name the new arrival James Robert Wills, in honor of a great-uncle. To the family, he'd always be 'Jim Rob,' the first of ten children: four sons, six daughters.

John Wills had descended from learned ancestors. His grandfather, a Tennessee physician named Saladin Wills, had lived in Tennessee (where the family first settled) and moved to Texas in 1845 with three brothers who all became doctors. Saladin Wills's sons, Tom, James Robert and John were all first-rate fiddlers, as was Tom Wills's son John. So were Emma's four brothers. It's said that John Wills proclaimed within minutes of his son's birth that baby Jim Rob would be a fiddler, that Tom Wills, noting the infant's long fingers, commented "He'll make a better fiddler than you, Johnny."

Jim Rob gave his parents many anxious moments. The first came not long after his birth when he went through a period of sickliness. John and Emma had dealt with that while concentrating on their cotton crop. They endured an isolated rural life and in many ways weren't much better off than the poor black tenant farmers nearby. For the white families, house parties featuring fiddle music were one respite from that hardscrabble life. Since so many of his relatives fiddled, the music was burned into his brain. Jim Rob became accustomed to hearing John and Tom Wills play rags, breakdowns and waltzes, along with mournful original ballads like Faded Love and Lily Dale.

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1 Oct 2019

11 stars!

I have dreamed of having both of these Bob Wills box sets for many years. In the last year or so I have seen some other box sets go out of print because CD sales are dropping off rapidly. I finally decided I could not take a chance on these disappearing so I ordered both of them. I'm so glad I did because they have met the high expectations I have had all these years. But of course they did! It's Bear Family! The documentation is so thorough and well-written and the packaging is superb. I have to say this is a flawless presentation of some of best music in the world. Thank you Bear Family for such an outstanding job.

17 Feb 2019

A thing of wonder

Beautifully made, curated with great care, the sound is excellent. I cannot imagine a better tribute to one of the greatest bands this planet has ever heard. This will keep me busy for years. It is wonderful that there are people somewhere who do this kind of thing. Thank you!

10 Feb 2018

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Tracklist
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 1
01 Sunbonnet Sue
02 Nancy Jane
03 Osage Stomp
04 Get With It
05 I Can't Give You Anything But Love
06 Spanish Two Step
07 Maiden's Prayer
08 Wang Wang Blues
09 St.Louis Blues
10 Good Old Oklahoma
11 Blue River
12 Mexicali Rose
13 I Ain't Got Nobody
14 Never No More Blues
15 Who Walks In When I Walk Out
16 Old Fashioned Love
17 Oklahoma Rag
18 Black And Blue Rag
19 Sittin'On Top Of The World
20 Four Or Five Times
21 I Can't Be Statisfied
22 Smith's Reel
23 Harmony
24 Tulsa Waltz
25 Waltz In D
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 2
01 She's Killing Me
02 Weary Of The Same Ol' Stuff
03 No Matter How She Done It (Whittaker)
04 Bluin' The Blues
05 Steel Guitar Rag
06 Get Along Home Cindy
07 Trouble In Mind
08 What's The Matter With The Mill?
09 Sugar Blues
10 Basin Street Blues
11 Red Hot Gal Of Mine
12 Darktown Strutter's Ball
13 Too Busy
14 Back Home Again In Indiana
15 Away Out There
16 Crippled Turkey
17 Fan It
18 Red Head
19 Mean Mama Blues
20 There's No Disappointment In Heaven
21 Rockin' Alone In A Old Rockin' Chair
22 Sleepy Time In Sleepy Hollow
23 Bring It On Down To My House
24 I've Got The Wonder Where She Went Blues
25 Right Or Wrong
26 Swing Blues (part 1)
27 Swing Blues (part 2)
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 3
01 White Heat
02 Dedicated To You
03 Playboy Stomp
04 Steel Guitar Stomp
05 Rosetta
06 Bleeding Hearted Blues
07 Blue Yodel (part 1)
08 Tulsa Stomp
09 Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again
10 Never More Hard Times Blues
11 Sunbonnet Sue
12 The New St.Louis Blues
13 Loveless Love
14 I'm A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)
15 Oozlin' Daddy Blues
16 Black Rider
17 Everybody Does It In Hawaii
18 Alexanders's Ragtime Band
19 Blue Prelude
20 Down Hearted Blues
21 Little Heaven Of The Seven Seas
22 Sophisticated Hula
23 Pray For The Lights To Go Out
24 Gambling Polka Dot Blues
25 Keep Knocking (But You Can't Come In)
26 Loveless Love
27 Oh, Lady Be Good
28 Way Down Upon The Swanee River
29 Don't Stop Loving Me
30 Oh You Beautiful Doll
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 4
01 Moonlight And Roses
02 Willian Tell
03 I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
04 Mississippi Delta Blues
05 Tulsa Stomp
06 Empty Bed Blues
07 Little Red Head
08 I'll See You In My Dreams
09 San Antonio Rose
10 Little Girl, Go Ask Your Mama
11 Carolina In The Morning
12 The Convict and The Rose
13 Silver Bells
14 Dreamy Eyes Waltz
15 Beaumont Rag
16 Twinkle, Twinkli Little Star
17 If I Could Bring My Buddy
18 Whoa Babe
19 Ida Red
20 Yearning
21 I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do
22 Prosperity Special
23 Drunkhard's Blues
24 You're Okay
25 Liza Pull Down The Shades
26 That's What I Like 'Bout The South
27 My Window Faces South
28 The Waltz You Saved For Me
29 Don't Let The Deal Go Down
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 5
01 You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care)
02 No Wonder
03 Lone Star Rag
04 There's Going To Be A Party
05 I Don't Lov'a Nobody
06 That Brownskin Gal
07 Corrine Corrina
08 Let Me Call You Sweetheart
09 Blue Bonnet Rag
10 Time Changes Everything
11 Medley Of Spanish Waltzes:La Golondrina/Lady
12 Of Spain/Cielito Lindo
13 Bob Wills Special
14 Big Beaver
15 New San Antonio Rose
16 Wait 'Til You See
17 Liebestraum
18 Lyla Lou
19 New Worried Mind
20 La Paloma
21 Maiden's Prayer
22 Oh! You Pretty Woman
23 I Found A Dream
24 The Girl I Left Behind Me
25 I Knew The Moment I Lost You
26 Done And Gone
27 Twin Guitar Special
28 Mississippi Delta Blues
29 Take Me Back To Tulsa
30 Takin' It Home
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 6
01 I'm Sorry We Said Goodbye
02 Honey, What You Gonna Do
03 Blue Bonnet Lane
04 Bob Wills Stomp
05 Lil Liza Jane
06 Please Don't Leave Me
07 Don't Count Your Chickens
08 Cherokee Maiden
09 New San Antonio Rose
10 Ride On! (My Prairie Pinto)
11 Got A Letter From My Kid Today
12 It's all Your Fault
13 Goodnight Little Sweetheart
14 Dusty Skies
15 My Life's Been A Pleasure
16 We Might As Well Forget It
17 Drop Us Off At Bob's Place
18 Home In San Antone
19 That Hot Lick Fiddlin' Man
20 Liberty
21 Miss Molly
22 It Never Can Be
23 Honeymoon Trail
24 It Seems Like Yesterday
25 You're From Texas
26 Goodbye, Liza Jane
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 7
01 My Confession
02 Ten Years
03 This Little Rosary
04 When It's Honey Suckle Time In The Valley
05 Let's Ride With Bob
06 My Laddie
07 Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now?
08 Hang Your Head In Shame
09 Smoke On The Water
10 Texas Playboy Rag
11 Bluer Than Blue
12 Hang Your Head In Shame
13 Smoke On The Water
14 Texas Playboy Rag
15 Bluer Than Blue
16 Roly Poly
17 Roly Poly
18 Frankie Jean
19 You Don't Care What Happens To Me
20 Stay A Little Longer
21 You Should Have Thought Of That Before
22 I Can't Go On This Way
23 I'm Thru Wastin' Time On You
24 Easy Rockin' Chair
25 Just A Plain Old Country Boy
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 8
01 Stars And Stripes On Iwo Jima
02 Silver Dew On The Blue Grass Tonight
03 I'm So Glad I Met You
04 New Spanish Two Step
05 Empty Chair At The Christmas Table
06 I'm Feelin' Bad
07 White Cross On Okinawa
08 This Is Southland
09 Cotton Eyed Joe
10 Cotton Eyed Joe
11 Staccato Waltz
12 Punkin' Stomp
13 Sugar Moon
14 Rose Of Old Pawnee
15 How Can I Be Wrong
16 Brain Cloudy Blues
17 Bob Wills Blues
18 There's A Big Rock In The Road
19 I Got A Cinder In My Eye
20 Go To Sleep Our Baby
21 Virginia
22 I'm Gonna Be Boss From Now On
23 Fat Boy Rag
24 Drum Test
25 The Kind Of Love I Can't Forget
26 There's Two Sides To Every Story
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 9
01 The Devil Ain't Lazy
02 A Sweet Kind Of Love
03 Hometown Stomp
04 Cowboy Stomp
05 Misery
06 Down In My Neck Of The Woods
07 Bob Wills Schottische
08 I Just Don't Want That Kind Of Love
09 Texarkana Baby
10 Good Time Cake -Walk
11 Can't Get Enough Of Texas
12 You're There
13 Thanks For The Heartaches
14 New Texas Playboy Rag
15 What's The Use To Take Your Back Again
16 Deep Water
17 Have I Stayed Away Too Long
18 Cimarron
19 Stardust
20 My Buddy
21 Tears On My Pillow
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 10
01 Steel Guitar Rag
02 Swing Blues (part 1)
03 Steel Guitar Stomp
04 Tulsa Stomp
05 Never No More Hard Times Blues
06 Oozlin' Daddy Blues
07 Black Rider
08 Everybody Does It In Hawaii
09 Alexander's Ragtime Band
10 Gambling Polka Dot Blues
11 Oh, Lady Be Good
12 Way down Upon The Swanee River
13 Oh You Beautiful Doll
14 Lone Star Rag
15 There's Going To Be A Party
16 I Don't Lov'a Nobody
17 That Brownskin Gal
18 Corine Corrina
19 Bob Wills Special
20 Big Beaver
21 Big Beaver
22 Liebestraum
23 Lyla Lou
24 New Worried Mind
25 The Girl I Left Behind Me
26 I Knew The Moment I Lost You
27 Twin Guitar Special
28 Twin Guitar Special
29 Takin' It Home
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 11
01 Blue Bonnet Lane
02 Blue Bonnet Lane
03 Lil Liza Jane
04 Ride On! (My Prairie Pinto)
05 It's All Your Fault
06 Miss Molly
07 Miss Molly
08 It Never Can Be
09 Roly Poly
10 You Don't Care What Happens To Me
11 Stay A Little Longer
12 You Should Have Thought Of That Before
13 New Spanish Two Step
14 I'm Feelin' Bad
15 This Is Southland
16 Punkin' Stomp
17 How Can It Be Wrong
18 Brain Cloudy Blues
19 Virginia
20 I'm Gonna Be Boss From Now On
21 There's Two Sides To Every Story
22 The Devil Ain't Lazy
23 Hometown Stomp
24 Misery
25 Down In My Neck Of The Woods
26 I Just Don't Want That Kind Of Love
27 Good Time Cake-Walk
28 Can't Get Enough Of Texas
29 New Texas Playboy Rag
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 12
01 'Take Me Back To Oklahoma'(full length movie)