Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Photograph Collection, 1928-1969

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Title: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Photograph Collection

Date(s) (Inclusive): 1928-1969

Collection # SWCPC 356 E1-E10

Extent(s): 41 copy prints.

Language(s): English.

Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch: Bob Wills, who grew up in the Texas Panhandle, came from a family of fiddle players. He formed a band in 1931, and landed a job on KFJZ radio in Fort Worth sponsored by Burrus Mills. His band became known as the Light Crust Doughboys. After Wills was fired he took his band to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they became Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. He is recognized as the creator of western swing music. He died in May 1975.

Scope and Contents: Consists of photographs of Bob Wills in various bands (1928-1937; 1969), and also includes a photograph of Texas Governor, W. Lee O'Daniel.

Access Restrictions: Open for research.