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Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1944)

Approved | | Short, Music | 2 September 1944 (USA)
Bob Wills put a band together after he'd won lots of belt buckles but had a slim bank account, playing warm simple tunes with the rhythm of the heart. A narrator provides a bridge between ... See full summary »

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Bob Wills put a band together after he'd won lots of belt buckles but had a slim bank account, playing warm simple tunes with the rhythm of the heart. A narrator provides a bridge between each tune; Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys play four songs. "My Rose of the Plains," on a Western set with people, a street, and a garden; "Adobe Hacienda," at a rodeo with yodeling, vocal harmony, and rope tricks; "Mama Don't Allow No Fiddle Playing Around Here," at a gazebo, with guitar picking and fancy dancing; and, "San Antonio Rose," their two-million-selling hit, Bob and the boys dressed up on a bandstand. Bob adds some falsetto accents. They take us out with some square dance music. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Ride On! My Prairie Pinto
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Written by Alice Blackmore and Carmen Cortez
Performed by Tommy Duncan (vocal) with Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
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Nice Story, Decent Music
19 March 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Bob Willis and His Texas Playboys (1944)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

MGM short introduces us to Bob Willis, his style of music and the story behind how he started singing and why he ended up forming his own band. Songs include "My Adobe Hacienda", "San Antonio Rose" and "Mama Don't Allow No Fiddle Playing Around Here". This was one of the later shorts in the long-running MGM series that introduced current musicians and just let them play their music. That trend ended and a new style of short came in when we not only got to hear their music but also get the mini-bios of their life. This short actually does a better job at telling his story than showing off the music as some of the Western settings were pretty entertaining and how Willis ended up getting into music was rather interesting. What didn't work too well with me was the music, which I found to be decent but nothing that really stood out as needed to have a short to capture it.


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