Feature Film: Take Me Back to Oklahoma - 1940
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, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Asleep at the Wheel, and George Strait.

Take Me Back to Oklahoma includes five Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys songs including Take Me Back to Tulsa, Going Indian, Good Old Oklahoma, Lone Star Rag, and Bob Wills Special.

Tex Ritter was a larger than life figure in America’s 20th century country music scene as a singer, actor, personality, and MC. Like Bob Wills, Ritter was a native son of Texas. Ritter rose to fame as singer on live country radio, then made his move to Broadway.

For those unaware, Tex Ritter was the father of John Ritter, best known as Jack Tripper on TV’s Three’s Company and the mall manager in Terry Zwigoff’s Bad Santa.