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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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Hawaiian Hula Song

1940's

Hawaiian Hula Song

Ana Lani & Ray Kinney: Hawaiian Hula Song w/Steel Guitar - 1940's

Hawaiian Hula Song, a classic. A seductive beauty does the hula while a duo play on guitar and slide. During the last third of the song, the rhythm picks up, becoming swingy. Where Hawaiian traditional and American Jazz meet, practically western swing.  

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Ozark Jubilee Boys: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

1959

Ozark Jubilee Boys: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

Ozark Jubilee Boys: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 1959

Ozark Jubilee Boys perform “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” live in this country tinged version of Jerry Lee Lewis’s rhythm & blues hit. Witness rockabilly in the making as this young western swing band goes rock & roll. According to Wikipedia – The origins of the song are disputed, but the writing is co-credited to […]

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Jimmy Wakely & Mary Ford: You Are My Sunshine

1940's

Jimmy Wakely & Mary Ford: You Are My Sunshine

Jimmy Wakely & Mary Ford: You Are My Sunshine - 1940's

In this clip, western-swing act Jimmy Wakely & the Sunshine Girls perform “You Are My Sunshine.” Jimmy Wakely was a Hollywood B-Western personality. With his career zenith during the studio system, Wakely would star in cowboy matinees and be featured in a comic book series. “You are my Sunshine,” one of the most covered songs […]

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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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