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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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World Football Crown

1937

World Football Crown

World Football Crown - 1937

As the Bears would return to the World Football Crown in 1937, the burgeoning Redskins withstood the challenge with a newly signed rookie from Texas Christian University, a quarterback by the name of Sammy Baugh. Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, as he would come to be known, was particularly notable for his forward pass, a somewhat unusual […]

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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: Fiddlin’ Man

1940's

Bob Wills: Fiddlin’ Man

Bob Wills: Fiddlin' Man - 1940's

Bob Wills:  Fiddlin’ Man – 1950’s Bob Wills exhibits his master showmanship as both bandleader and musician in this short known as Fiddlin’ Man. Backing the king of western swing, the gum-chewing pianist, the expressionless guitarist, and the giddy drummer make playing with Wills look easy.

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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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Amos Milburn: Bad Bad Whiskey

1950's

Amos Milburn: Bad Bad Whiskey

Amos Milburn: Bad Bad Whiskey - 1955

Originally from Texas, Amos Milburn moved to Los Angeles and soon became a fixture in the Central Avenue music scenes thriving in Watts during the 1940’s and 1950’s. As you can hear from his piano style, Milburn would be a great influence on Fats Domino. He wrote many hits during his day, and was also […]

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News Sketches by Max Fleischer

1940's

News Sketches by Max Fleischer

News Sketches by Max Fleischer - 1944

“News Sketches by Max Fleischer” is a short cartoon created by famed animator Max Fleischer with an irreverent take on bizarre stories “drawn from the wires of the Associated Press.” As the news ticker types away, Fleischer literally illustrates the stories with pen and ink before our very eyes. Using a combination of stop motion […]

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Charlie Williams: Long Black Veil

1950's

Charlie Williams: Long Black Veil

Charlie Williams: Long Black Veil - 1959

In this clip, Charlie Williams, backed up by Joe Maphis, performs a solid rendition of Long Black Veil, made famous by Lefty Frizzell and Johnny Cash, on Town Hall Party in 1959. Born in Texas in 1929, and the underrated Williams got his start in radio, taking up residencies in Tupelo, Fort Worth, Pasadena, Los Angeles, San […]

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Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie

1950's

Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie

Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie - 1959

Born in 1925, Jimmy Pruett, a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California, grew up blind. In his youth, he learned both guitar and piano, developing his own unique style by the age of nine. It was around then that country artist Stuart Hamblen discovered Pruett and gave him a spot on his radio show on […]

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Willie Shoemaker’s First Victory

1950's

Willie Shoemaker’s First Victory

Willie Shoemaker's First Victory - 1951

In this short newsreel segment, witness legendary horserace jockey Willie Shoemaker win his first of 8,833 victories. It was 1951 at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, California, just north of Oakland, that the teenage Shoemaker embarked on a career in which he would dominate the field for 29 years. Born in Fabens, Texas in 1931, […]

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