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Bob Wills (I) (1905–1975)

Bob Wills, fiddler and band leader of Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys, was an influential developer of the western swing music style in the late 1930s through the 1940s. Recorded extensively for Columbia, Decca, MGM and others. Hit recordings included "San Antonio Rose, " "Faded Love, " and "Steel Guitar Rag." He was inducted into Country Music Hall... See full bio »


(age 70) in Fort Worth, Texas, USA

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 2015 All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (Documentary) (writer: "New San Antonio Rose")
 2013 Bad Grandpa (writer: "Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)")
 2011 Monte Carlo (writer: "San Antonio Rose")
 2010 The Killer Inside Me (writer: "Jolie Blond Likes the Boogie")
 2009 The Queens of Country (Video) (writer: "San Antonio Rose")
 2007 Surf's Up (performer: "Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)")
 2004 Rosemary Clooney: Singing at Her Best (Video short) (writer: "San Antonio Rose")
 2003 Secondhand Lions (writer: "Texas Playboy Rag")
 2003 Keen Eddie (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot: Eddie (2003) ... (performer: "Hawaiian War Chant")
 2003 A Guy Thing (performer: "Across The Alley From The Alamo", "Cherokee Maiden")
 1998 The Horse Whisperer (writer: "Texas Two Steps")
 1998 Frank Lloyd Wright (Documentary) ("Cowboy Stomp") / (performer: "Cowboy Stomp")
 1995 Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge (TV Movie) ("FADED LOVE")
 1994 Harvest for the Heart (TV Movie) (writer: "Take Me Back To Tulsa")
 1993 A Perfect World (arranger: "Ida Red") / (performer: "Ida Red", "South")
 1985 Sweet Dreams (writer: "San Antonio Rose")
 1983 The Right Stuff (performer: "Southwestern Waltz")
 1980 Melvin and Howard (writer: "San Antonio Rose")
 1977 All You Need Is Love (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Always Chasing Rainbows: Tin Pan Alley (1977) ... (writer: "San Antonio Rose" - uncredited)
 1976 Nashville Girl ("Faded Love")
 1975 Austin City Limits (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Willie Nelson (1975) ... (writer: "Stay All Night")
 1971 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Everything's Coming Up Roses (1971) ... (writer: "San Antonio Rose")
 1967-1970 The Porter Wagoner Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Bill Carlisle (1970) ... (writer: "Faded Love")
- Bobby Bare (1967) ... (writer: "Take Me Back to Tulsa")
 1957-1960 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #5.4 (1960) ... (writer: "Stay a Little Longer" - uncredited)
- Episode #2.8 (1957) ... (writer: "Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age", "Rose of San Antone" - uncredited)
 1958 Country Style, U.S.A. (TV Series short) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #2.3 (1958) ... (writer: "San Antonio Rose")
- Episode #2.1 (1958) ... (writer: "My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You")
 1957 Ranch Party (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (1957) ... (writer: "Take Me Back to Tulsa")
 1956 Grand Ole Opry (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 28 April 1956 (1956) ... (writer: "Stay a Little Longer" - uncredited)
 1950 Square Dance Katy (writer: "Take Me Back To Tulsa")
 1947 Under Colorado Skies (writer: "San Antonio Rose")
 1946 Roaring Rangers (writer: "The New Ten-Gallon Hat")
 1945 Texas Panhandle (writer: "Take Me Back to Tulsa")
 1945 Lawless Empire (performer: "Stay All Night, Stay a Little Longer", "Home in San Antone", "Farther Along", "Young and Foolish") / (writer: "Stay All Night, Stay a Little Longer")
 1945 Community Sing: Cowboy Hit Tunes (Short) (writer: "San Antonio Rose")
 1945 Blazing the Western Trail (performer: "Time Changes Everything", "Ida Red", "Goodbye, Liza Jane") / (writer: "I Wonder If You feel the Way I Do")
 1945 Rhythm Round-Up (performer: "Corrine, Corrina", "San Antonio Rose") / (writer: "San Antonio Rose")
 1944 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (Short) (writer: "San Antonio Rose" - uncredited)
 1944 The Last Horseman (performer: "O. K., Oklahoma", "The Idaho Plains", "Trouble on the Range", "Ridin' On Down", "Dreamy-Eyed Waltz", "Camptown Races") / (writer: "O. K., Oklahoma", "Dreamy-Eyed Waltz")
 1943 The Vigilantes Ride (performer: "There's An Arizona Moon", "Westward Bound", "At the Old Ranger Post", "My Tucson Gal")
 1943 Saddles and Sagebrush (performer: "Hubbin' It", "Get Along My Pony":, "Ki Yi Yippe Yea", "Toodleumbo")
 1943 Riders of the Northwest Mounted (performer: "Song of the Rippling Stream", "Bluebonnet Lane", "The Last Goodbye", "When You're a Mountie")
 1942 A Tornado in the Saddle (performer: "You're From Texas", "He's A Barstool Cowboy", "Dusty Skies", "We're Rough And Ready")
 1942 The Lone Prairie (performer: "Fiddlin' Man", "Salt River Valley", "Yo Ho, I'm Riding") / (writer: "Fiddlin' Man")
 1941 Go West, Young Lady (arranger: "Ida Red") / (lyrics: "Ida Red")
 1941 San Antonio Rose (writer: "San Antonio Rose")
 1940 Take Me Back to Oklahoma ("Good Old Oklahoma", "Take Me Back To Tulsa", "Going Indian", "Lone Star Rag", "Bob Wills Special")
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Other Works:

CD: "Country Music Hall of Fame" (SSP) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

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Brother of Lorene Wills, Luther Wills and Johnny Lee Wills. See more »


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