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Take Me Back to Oklahoma

1940

Take Me Back to Oklahoma

Feature Film: Take Me Back to Oklahoma - 1940

  Bob Wills’ feature film debut including performances with Leon McAuliffe and Tex Ritter. Bob Wills is one of the most important musicians in the history of 20th century country music. The King of Western Swing, Wills’ songs have become an influential part of the repertoire of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, […]

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Tex Ritter: Jealous Heart

1950's

Tex Ritter: Jealous Heart

Tex Ritter with Joe Maphis: Jealous Heart - 1959

In this short clip from Town Hall Party in 1959 virtuoso guitar player Joe Maphis backs up Tex Ritter as he sings his 1945 hit Jealous Heart. Tex Ritter, a singing cowboy of the calibre of Gene Autry, is most known as the balladeer who sings the intro music to the classic film High Noon. […]

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Bob Wills: Good Old Oklahoma

1940

Bob Wills: Good Old Oklahoma

Bob Wills: Good Old Oklahoma

In this clip, from the B Western “Take Me Back to Oklahoma,” Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys croon in perfect harmony ‘Oklahoma we love you’ in an upbeat version of “Good Old Oklahoma” with Wills’ signature backup calls. Riding with Tex Ritter, they sing together ‘Calamity Kate.’ But, clearly, the King of Western Swing […]

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Bob Wills: Lone Star Rag

1940's

Bob Wills: Lone Star Rag

Bob Wills: Lone Star Rag

In this clip, from a 1940’s B Western, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, on stage to entertain the locals, are introduced by Tex Ritter. The King of Western Swing then launches into a rendition of his classic ‘Lone Star Rag.’ “They’re good, aren’t they?” Tex Ritter responds, “Best in the West.” Too right, too […]

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