Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

Profile:
Western swing band founded in 1934 by Bob Wills after leaving The Light Crust Doughboys, active until 1965, reuniting for a final recording session with an ailing Wills in 1973. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1968, and into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame (as "Early Influence") in 1999.

After the initial breakup in 1965, the band continued performing briefly as "The Texas Playboys", led by Leon Rausch. They would reunite again as The Original Texas Playboys Under The Direction Of Leon McAuliffe from 1973-1986, until the death of pianist Al Stricklin. At that point, Leon Rausch and Tommy Allsup purchased the rights to use the name "Bob Wills' Texas Playboys" from Betty Wills and continued touring.

More than 600 artists played with the Texas Playboys during their lifetime.

Original Lineup:
Founded in Waco, Texas, 1933
Fiddle - Bob Wills
Piano, Vocals - Tommy Duncan
Steel Guitar - Kermit Whalen
Tenor Banjo - Johnnie Lee Wills
Bass/Rhythm Guitar - June Whalin

Hall of Fame Inductee Lineup:
Fiddle/Mandolin/Vocals - Bob Wills
Vocals - Tommy Duncan
Fiddle - Joe Holley
Fiddle/Electric Mandolin - Johnny Gimble, Tiny Moore
Steel Guitar - Leon McAuliffe, Herb Remington
Guitar - Eldon Shamblin
Piano - Al Stricklin

Final Lineup:
(Selected by Wills for the 1973 reunion For The Last Time)
Leader - Bob Wills
Fiddle – Hoyle Nix, Keith Coleman, Merle Haggard
Fiddle/Mandolin - Johnny Gimble
Steel Guitar – Leon McAuliffe
Electric Guitar – Eldon Shamblin
Piano – Al Stricklin
Bass – Leon Rausch
Drums – Jody Nix, Smokey Dacus
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Albums

C-128 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Bob Wills Round Up album art Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* Bob Wills Round Up (Album) Columbia C-128 US 1947 Sell This Version
MGM K91 4 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Ranch House Favorites album art Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Ranch House Favorites(7", Album, Mono) MGM Records MGM K91 4 US 1949 Sell This Version
LP 6000 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Old Time Favorites album art Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Bob Wills Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Bob Wills - Old Time Favorites(10", Album, Club) The Antones LP 6000 US 1953 Sell This Version
DL 5562 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Country And Western Dance-O-Rama No. 2 album art Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Country And Western Dance-O-Rama No. 2 (Album) Decca DL 5562 US 1955 Sell This Version
E3352 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Ranch House Favorites album art Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Ranch House Favorites (Album) MGM Records E3352 Canada 1956 Sell This Version
HL 7036 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Bob Wills Special album art Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* Bob Wills Special (Album) Harmony (4) HL 7036 US 1957 Sell This Version
DL 8727 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys album art Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys (Album) Decca DL 8727 US 1958 Sell This Version
HL 7304 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - The Best Of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Great Original Recordings  album art Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys The Best Of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Great Original Recordings (Album) Columbia Records Collectors' Series HL 7304 US 1963 Sell This Version
VL 3735 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Western Swing Along album art Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Western Swing Along (Album) Vocalion (2) VL 3735 US 1965 Sell This Version
KS 3506 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - From The Heart Of Texas album art Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys From The Heart Of Texas (Album) Stetson KS 3506 US 1966 Sell This Version
SLP-375 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose, Steel Guitar Rag album art Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Tommy Duncan, Leon McAuliffe And His Cimarron Boys Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Tommy Duncan, Leon McAuliffe And His Cimarron Boys - San Antonio Rose, Steel Guitar Rag(LP) Starday Records SLP-375 US 1966 Sell This Version
2315 077 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Original Sound Track - The Last Picture Show album art Hank Williams, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Hank Williams, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Original Sound Track - The Last Picture Show (Album) MGM Records 2315 077 Australia 1971 Sell This Version
UA-LA216-J2 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - For The Last Time album art Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* For The Last Time (Album) United Artists Records UA-LA216-J2 US 1974 Sell This Version
SKBB-11550 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - In Concert album art Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys In Concert (Album) Capitol Records SKBB-11550 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Tsho-BW01 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - The Tiffany Transcriptions 1945 - 1948 On the West Coast album art Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys The Tiffany Transcriptions 1945 - 1948 On the West Coast(LP, Album, Mono) Tishomingo Records Tsho-BW01 US 1976 Sell This Version
AS 15813 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Bob Wills Special album art Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Bob Wills Special (Comp) Columbia Special Products AS 15813 US 1981 Sell This Version
LP 20 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - The Rare Presto Transcriptions album art Bob Wills* The Rare Presto Transcriptions(LP, Comp, Mono) Cattle Records LP 20 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
F-16 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - The Tiffany Transcriptions Vol. 1 album art Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* The Tiffany Transcriptions Vol. 1 (Album, Comp) Kaleidoscope Records (2) F-16 US 1982 Sell This Version
DLP-1149 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - On Stage album art Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* On Stage(LP) Delta Records (2) DLP-1149 US 1982 Sell This Version
DLP-1117 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Rare 1953 California Radio Broadcasts Volume One album art Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* Rare 1953 California Radio Broadcasts Volume One(LP) Delta Records (2) DLP-1117 US 1984 Sell This Version
C-21 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - The Tiffany Transcriptions Vol. 4: You're From Texas album art Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* The Tiffany Transcriptions Vol. 4: You're From Texas (Album, Comp) Kaleidoscope Records (2) C-21 US 1985 Sell This Version
DLP-1162 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Rare 1953 California Radio Broadcasts Volume Two album art Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* Rare 1953 California Radio Broadcasts Volume Two(LP, Album, Mono) Delta Records (2) DLP-1162 US 1985 Sell This Version
MCAC 20249 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose album art Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys* San Antonio Rose(Cass) MCA Records MCAC 20249 US 1985 Sell This Version
R2 71473 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - The Tiffany Transcriptions Vol. 5 album art Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys The Tiffany Transcriptions Vol. 5 (Album, Comp) Kaleidoscope Records (2) R2 71473 US 1986 Sell This Version
F-27 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - The Tiffany Transcriptions Vol. 6: Sally Goodin album art Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys* The Tiffany Transcriptions Vol. 6: Sally Goodin (Album, Comp) Kaleidoscope Records (2) F-27 US 1987 Sell This Version