Bob Willis

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        The first and greatest major figure of Western Swing music, Bob Wills (and his band the Texas Playboys) melded country fiddling, big-band swing, Tex-Mex music, polka, and other regional folk traditions into a new and sophisticated genre during the 1930s and 1940s. The style proved highly influential to subsequent generations of country artists. Merle Haggard so loved Wills's music and band that he recorded a tribute album to him and, after Wills retired in the late 1960s, he rec... Read more

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