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

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Me Back To Oklahoma' (NTSC format) includes a book with a biography and musical analysis by Rich Kienzle, based on unpublished interviews with various Playboys.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
01 Sunbonnet Sue Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02 Nancy Jane Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03 Osage Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04 Get With It Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05 I Can't Give You Anything But Love Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06 Spanish Two Step Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07 Maiden's Prayer Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08 Wang Wang Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09 St.Louis Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10 Good Old Oklahoma Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11 Blue River Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12 Mexicali Rose Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13 I Ain't Got Nobody Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14 Never No More Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15 Who Walks In When I Walk Out Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16 Old Fashioned Love Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17 Oklahoma Rag Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18 Black And Blue Rag Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19 Sittin'On Top Of The World Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20 Four Or Five Times Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21 I Can't Be Statisfied Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22 Smith's Reel Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23 Harmony Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24 Tulsa Waltz Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25 Waltz In D Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 2
01 She's Killing Me Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02 Weary Of The Same Ol' Stuff Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03 No Matter How She Done It (Whittaker) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04 Bluin' The Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05 Steel Guitar Rag Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06 Get Along Home Cindy Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07 Trouble In Mind Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08 What's The Matter With The Mill? Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09 Sugar Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10 Basin Street Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11 Red Hot Gal Of Mine Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12 Darktown Strutter's Ball Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13 Too Busy Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14 Back Home Again In Indiana Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15 Away Out There Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16 Crippled Turkey Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17 Fan It Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18 Red Head Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19 Mean Mama Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20 There's No Disappointment In Heaven Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21 Rockin' Alone In A Old Rockin' Chair Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22 Sleepy Time In Sleepy Hollow Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23 Bring It On Down To My House Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24 I've Got The Wonder Where She Went Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25 Right Or Wrong Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26 Swing Blues (part 1) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
27 Swing Blues (part 2) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 3
01 White Heat Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02 Dedicated To You Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03 Playboy Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04 Steel Guitar Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05 Rosetta Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06 Bleeding Hearted Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07 Blue Yodel (part 1) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08 Tulsa Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09 Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10 Never More Hard Times Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11 Sunbonnet Sue Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12 The New St.Louis Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13 Loveless Love Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14 I'm A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15 Oozlin' Daddy Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16 Black Rider Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17 Everybody Does It In Hawaii Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18 Alexanders's Ragtime Band Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19 Blue Prelude Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20 Down Hearted Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21 Little Heaven Of The Seven Seas Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22 Sophisticated Hula Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23 Pray For The Lights To Go Out Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24 Gambling Polka Dot Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25 Keep Knocking (But You Can't Come In) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26 Loveless Love Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
27 Oh, Lady Be Good Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
28 Way Down Upon The Swanee River Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
29 Don't Stop Loving Me Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
30 Oh You Beautiful Doll Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 4
01 Moonlight And Roses Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02 Willian Tell Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03 I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04 Mississippi Delta Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05 Tulsa Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06 Empty Bed Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07 Little Red Head Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08 I'll See You In My Dreams Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09 San Antonio Rose Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10 Little Girl, Go Ask Your Mama Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11 Carolina In The Morning Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12 The Convict and The Rose Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13 Silver Bells Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14 Dreamy Eyes Waltz Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15 Beaumont Rag Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16 Twinkle, Twinkli Little Star Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17 If I Could Bring My Buddy Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18 Whoa Babe Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19 Ida Red Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20 Yearning Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21 I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22 Prosperity Special Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23 Drunkhard's Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24 You're Okay Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25 Liza Pull Down The Shades Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26 That's What I Like 'Bout The South Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
27 My Window Faces South Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
28 The Waltz You Saved For Me Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
29 Don't Let The Deal Go Down Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
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) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02 No Wonder Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03 Lone Star Rag Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04 There's Going To Be A Party Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05 I Don't Lov'a Nobody Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06 That Brownskin Gal Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07 Corrine Corrina Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08 Let Me Call You Sweetheart Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09 Blue Bonnet Rag Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10 Time Changes Everything Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11 Medley Of Spanish Waltzes:La Golondrina/Lady Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12 Of Spain/Cielito Lindo Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13 Bob Wills Special Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14 Big Beaver Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15 New San Antonio Rose Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16 Wait 'Til You See Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17 Liebestraum Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18 Lyla Lou Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19 New Worried Mind Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20 La Paloma Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21 Maiden's Prayer Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22 Oh! You Pretty Woman Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23 I Found A Dream Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24 The Girl I Left Behind Me Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25 I Knew The Moment I Lost You Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26 Done And Gone Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
27 Twin Guitar Special Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
28 Mississippi Delta Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
29 Take Me Back To Tulsa Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
30 Takin' It Home Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 6
01 I'm Sorry We Said Goodbye Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02 Honey, What You Gonna Do Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03 Blue Bonnet Lane Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04 Bob Wills Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05 Lil Liza Jane Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06 Please Don't Leave Me Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07 Don't Count Your Chickens Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08 Cherokee Maiden Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09 New San Antonio Rose Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10 Ride On! (My Prairie Pinto) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11 Got A Letter From My Kid Today Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12 It's all Your Fault Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13 Goodnight Little Sweetheart Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14 Dusty Skies Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15 My Life's Been A Pleasure Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16 We Might As Well Forget It Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17 Drop Us Off At Bob's Place Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18 Home In San Antone Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19 That Hot Lick Fiddlin' Man Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20 Liberty Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21 Miss Molly Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22 It Never Can Be Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23 Honeymoon Trail Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24 It Seems Like Yesterday Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25 You're From Texas Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26 Goodbye, Liza Jane Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 7
01 My Confession Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02 Ten Years Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03 This Little Rosary Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04 When It's Honey Suckle Time In The Valley Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05 Let's Ride With Bob Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06 My Laddie Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07 Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now? Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08 Hang Your Head In Shame Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09 Smoke On The Water Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10 Texas Playboy Rag Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11 Bluer Than Blue Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12 Hang Your Head In Shame Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13 Smoke On The Water Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14 Texas Playboy Rag Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15 Bluer Than Blue Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16 Roly Poly Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17 Roly Poly Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18 Frankie Jean Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19 You Don't Care What Happens To Me Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20 Stay A Little Longer Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21 You Should Have Thought Of That Before Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22 I Can't Go On This Way Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23 I'm Thru Wastin' Time On You Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24 Easy Rockin' Chair Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25 Just A Plain Old Country Boy Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 8
01 Stars And Stripes On Iwo Jima Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02 Silver Dew On The Blue Grass Tonight Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03 I'm So Glad I Met You Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04 New Spanish Two Step Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05 Empty Chair At The Christmas Table Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06 I'm Feelin' Bad Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07 White Cross On Okinawa Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08 This Is Southland Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09 Cotton Eyed Joe Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10 Cotton Eyed Joe Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11 Staccato Waltz Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12 Punkin' Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13 Sugar Moon Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14 Rose Of Old Pawnee Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15 How Can I Be Wrong Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16 Brain Cloudy Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17 Bob Wills Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18 There's A Big Rock In The Road Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19 I Got A Cinder In My Eye Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20 Go To Sleep Our Baby Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21 Virginia Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22 I'm Gonna Be Boss From Now On Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23 Fat Boy Rag Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24 Drum Test Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25 The Kind Of Love I Can't Forget Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26 There's Two Sides To Every Story Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 9
01 The Devil Ain't Lazy Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02 A Sweet Kind Of Love Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03 Hometown Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04 Cowboy Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05 Misery Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06 Down In My Neck Of The Woods Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07 Bob Wills Schottische Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08 I Just Don't Want That Kind Of Love Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09 Texarkana Baby Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10 Good Time Cake -Walk Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11 Can't Get Enough Of Texas Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12 You're There Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13 Thanks For The Heartaches Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14 New Texas Playboy Rag Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15 What's The Use To Take Your Back Again Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16 Deep Water Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17 Have I Stayed Away Too Long Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18 Cimarron Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19 Stardust Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20 My Buddy Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21 Tears On My Pillow Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 10
01 Steel Guitar Rag Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02 Swing Blues (part 1) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03 Steel Guitar Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04 Tulsa Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05 Never No More Hard Times Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06 Oozlin' Daddy Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07 Black Rider Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08 Everybody Does It In Hawaii Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09 Alexander's Ragtime Band Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10 Gambling Polka Dot Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11 Oh, Lady Be Good Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12 Way down Upon The Swanee River Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13 Oh You Beautiful Doll Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14 Lone Star Rag Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15 There's Going To Be A Party Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16 I Don't Lov'a Nobody Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17 That Brownskin Gal Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18 Corine Corrina Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19 Bob Wills Special Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20 Big Beaver Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21 Big Beaver Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22 Liebestraum Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23 Lyla Lou Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24 New Worried Mind Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25 The Girl I Left Behind Me Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26 I Knew The Moment I Lost You Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
27 Twin Guitar Special Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
28 Twin Guitar Special Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
29 Takin' It Home Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wills, Bob & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book) Box set 11
01 Blue Bonnet Lane Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
02 Blue Bonnet Lane Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
03 Lil Liza Jane Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
04 Ride On! (My Prairie Pinto) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
05 It's All Your Fault Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
06 Miss Molly Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
07 Miss Molly Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
08 It Never Can Be Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
09 Roly Poly Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
10 You Don't Care What Happens To Me Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
11 Stay A Little Longer Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
12 You Should Have Thought Of That Before Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
13 New Spanish Two Step Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14 I'm Feelin' Bad Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
15 This Is Southland Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
16 Punkin' Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17 How Can It Be Wrong Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
18 Brain Cloudy Blues Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
19 Virginia Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
20 I'm Gonna Be Boss From Now On Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
21 There's Two Sides To Every Story Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
22 The Devil Ain't Lazy Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
23 Hometown Stomp Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24 Misery Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
25 Down In My Neck Of The Woods Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
26 I Just Don't Want That Kind Of Love Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
27 Good Time Cake-Walk Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
28 Can't Get Enough Of Texas Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
29 New Texas Playboy Rag Bob 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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Frankie Miller – 'Blackland Farmer' (The Complete STARDAY Recordings and More...) Whooeeee – three discs of unrepentant honky tonk brilliance. Many of these sides are, I'm guessing, among the last with Nashville fire before country- politan doused the flames
05.03.2015
A Celebration - The Official Story Of 40 Years In Show Business (HB)
Cliff Riochard: A Celebration - The Official Story Of 40 Years... Art-Nr.: 0018027

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$46.43
Lost Highway - Graphic Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe) by Glosimodt Søren Mosdall
Hank Williams: Lost Highway - Graphic Novel (Gebundene... Art-Nr.: 0023044

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Music Of Life - 1951 - Golden Decade, Vol.6 (Book & 4-CD)
Various: Music Of Life - 1951 - Golden Decade, Vol.6... Art-Nr.: CD27231961

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$34.58
We Wanna Boogie - An Illustrated History Of The American Rockabilly Movement (2nd Revised Edition)
Randy McNutt: We Wanna Boogie - An Illustrated History Of The... Art-Nr.: 0041006

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$69.67
First Pressings - The History of Rhythm & Blues Vol.5: 1955
Galen Gart: First Pressings - The History of Rhythm & Blues... Art-Nr.: 0041063

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Hillbilly Rock (180gram Vinyl)
Marty Stuart: Hillbilly Rock (180gram Vinyl) Art-Nr.: BAF18019

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$23.03
Walk Through This World With Me (5-CD Deluxe Box Set)
George Jones: Walk Through This World With Me (5-CD Deluxe... Art-Nr.: BCD16928

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Way Out There (6-CD Deluxe Box Set)
SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Way Out There (6-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD16389

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$129.24 $138.48
When A Guitar Plays The Blues
Roy Lee Johnson: When A Guitar Plays The Blues Art-Nr.: BCD16321

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$16.11 $19.57
Teil 3 - KRAUT! - Die innovativen Jahre des Krautrock 1968-1979 (2-CD)
Various - Kraut!: Teil 3 - KRAUT! - Die innovativen Jahre des... Art-Nr.: BCD17623

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Riding Your Way - The Lost Transcriptions For Tiffany Music (2-CD)
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys: Riding Your Way - The Lost Transcriptions For... Art-Nr.: CDRGM0244

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Battleground Korea - Songs and Sounds of America’s Forgotten War (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Various - History: Battleground Korea - Songs and Sounds of... Art-Nr.: BCD17518

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$115.39
In The Shadow Of Clinch Mountain (12-CD Deluxe Box Set)
The Carter Family: In The Shadow Of Clinch Mountain (12-CD Deluxe... Art-Nr.: BCD15865

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$242.38 $253.93
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Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Bobby Bare: Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD... Art-Nr.: BCD17570

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$189.44