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Tex Williams


Although not almost as well-known as statistics like Bob Wills, the Maddox Brothers, and Merle Travis, Tex Williams was a significant European swing performer. Like all the aforementioned music artists, he helped develop nation music from its rural, acoustic roots to a far more danceable, city-fied, and electrified type having a very much wider popular charm. At his maximum in the past due ’40s, he also documented a few of the most pleasant country golf swing of his period, recognized by his talking-blues vocal delivery. A lot of his design can be noticed in the Traditional western swing-influenced recordings of revivalists like Asleep in the Steering wheel, Commander Cody, and Dan Hicks. The vocalist and guitarist captured his 1st big break after shifting to LA in 1942. In those days California was filled by many previous Texans and Oklahomans employed in the protection industry, developing a need for Traditional western golf swing entertainment in an area not observed for nation music. Among the musicians upon this circuit was fiddler Spade Cooley, who utilized Jack port Williams as his vocalist, nicknaming him “Tex” to make sure easy id by the countless Texans within their audiences. Many of Cooley’s middle-’40s Columbia singles highlighted Tex on vocals. Capitol provided a agreement to Williams being a single musician, which strained the partnership between Tex as well as the tempestuous Cooley towards the breaking stage. Cooley terminated Williams in June 1946, a move which backfired terribly, because so many of Cooley’s music group opted to check out Tex instead of remain making use of their tough boss. Cooley attained his greatest following notoriety when he was convicted of defeating his wife to loss of life within a drunken easily fit into 1961. Tex’s renamed support band, the Traditional western Caravan, was one of the better systems of its kind. Numbering in regards to a dozen associates, it accomplished an enviable degree of liquid interplay between electrical and metal guitars, fiddles, bass, accordion, trumpet, as well as other equipment (even periodic harp). Initially they documented polkas for Capitol, with limited achievement. They discovered their true contacting when Williams’ friend Merle Travis had written the majority of “Smoke cigarettes! Smoke cigarettes! Smoke cigarettes! (That Cigarette)” for him, emphasizing Tex’s talking-blues delivery and heavier boogie components. The music was a monstrous industrial achievement in 1947, and even one of the primary country hits ever, making number 1 within the pop graphs. That collection the model for a number of of Williams’ following hits: hot Traditional western swing back-up, over which Tex would move his deep, laconic, easygoing narratives of funny, slightly ridiculous circumstances. As pleasurable as they were, they were just one single element of the Traditional western Caravan’s skills. The clothing was also with the capacity of generating a significant temperature on boogie instrumentals and much more straightforward vocal amounts where Williams in fact sang instead of spoke. Williams’ industrial success started to peter out in the first ’50s, and he remaining Capitol in 1951. He continuing to record frequently in the 1950s, mainly for Decca, without very much achievement; in 1957, the Traditional western Caravan disbanded. He pressed on, nevertheless, time for Capitol in the first ’60s, and documenting a live recording that included Glen Campbell on acoustic guitar. He previously one final nation strike, the memorably entitled “THE NIGHT TIME Miss Ann’s Resort for Single Women Burnt Down,” which came into the very best 40 in 1971.

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Full Name Tex Williams
Died October 11, 1985, Newhall, California, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Awards Academy of Country Music Awards Cliffie Stone Icon Award, Academy of Country Music Award for On-Air Personality of the Year - Regional
Music Songs Smoke, Smoke, Smoke, Never Trust A Woman, That's What I Like About The West, Talking Boogie, Miss Molly, Who-Me, Deck Of Cards, Ham and Eggs, You Can't Break My Heart, Life Gets Tee-Jus Don’t It, Foolish Tears, The California Polka, Artistry in Western Swing, Birmingham Bounce, Don't Telephone, Don't Telegraph, Tell A Woman, Crazy Cause I Love You, When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again, Shame, Shame On You, I've Taken All I'm Gonna Take From You, Teamster Power, Bummin Around, No Big Thing, I Got Texas In My Soul, I Lost My Gal from Memphis, Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine, River Stay Away From My Door, Red Ball Whistle, Won t You Ride In My Little Red Wagon, Bluebird On Your Windowsill, My Window Faces the South, The Keeper Of Boot Hill, Texas in My Soul
Albums Those Lazy, Hazy Days, 1946-1951, Tex Williams: I Got Texas in My Soul, On the Air 1947-1949, 25 Greatest Hits, Tex Williams, Vol. 2, Life Gets Tedious, Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!, Country Pioneers - Tex Williams, Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette, Smoke That Cigarette - The Best Of Tex Williams, Green Green Grass At Home, Kansas City Rag, Tex Williams, Vol. 1, Rancho Boogie, Wild Card, Vintage Collections, A Western Swing Dance Date With Spade & Tex, Best of the Best (Digitally Remastered), Smokin', Two For Texas, It's All About Country Music, Tex From Texas - [The Dave Cash Collection], Drop Dead, Country Originals This Ole House, Deck Of Cards, The Very Best, Here's Tex, I Am Tex Williams, Thunder on the River, Country Great Songs, Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! 50 Country & Western Classics, That's What I Need (Remastered), Country Superstars: The Tex Williams Hits Anthology, Masterpieces Presents Tex Williams, Hits & Rarities (25 Country Songs), Tex Williams - Greatest Hits (Best Value Music), Smokin' Hits, Tex Williams, The Sound of the 40´s, Western Swing Nostalgia
Nominations Academy of Country Music Award for Male Vocalist of the Year
Movies Born Reckless

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1 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6412 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.



Frontier Outlaws 1944 Band Member Singing 'Don't Waste No Worry Over Me' (uncredited)
Devil Riders 1943 Bass Player (uncredited)
Fighting Valley 1943 Accordionist (uncredited)
Chatterbox 1943 Western Band Singer (uncredited)
Born Reckless 1958 Tex
Ready to Ride 1950 Short Tex
Western Courage 1950 Short Tex Williams
Cactus Caravan 1950 Short Tex
Rustlers' Ransom 1950 Short Tex
Gold Strike 1950 Short Tex
The Fargo Phantom 1950 Short Tex Williams
South of Santa Fe 1949 Short Tex Williams
Coyote Canyon 1949 Short Tex (as 'Tex' Williams)
The Pecos Pistol 1949 Short Tex Williams
The Girl from Gunsight 1949 Short Tex
Nevada Trail 1949 Short Tex Williams
Silver Butte 1949 Short 'Tex' Williams
Prairie Pirates 1949 Short Tex
West of Laramie 1949 Short Sheriff Tex Williams
Cheyenne Cowboy 1949 Short Buck McCloud aka Cheyenne Jones
Six-Gun Music 1949 Short Tex
Tex Williams & Orchestra in Western Whoopee 1948 Short Orchestra Leader
The Desert Horseman 1946 Member The Colorado Hillbillies (uncredited)
Texas Panhandle 1945 Singer / Musician (uncredited)
The Trouble with Me 1945 Short Vocalist
Prairie Rustlers 1945 Singer (uncredited)
My Chickashay Gal 1945 Short Bassist (uncredited)
Outlaws of the Rockies 1945 Musician (uncredited)
Rockin' in the Rockies 1945 Tex - Member Spade Cooley Band (uncredited)
Take Me Back to Tulsa 1944 Short Vocalist



L.A. Noire 2011 Video Game "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette" / performer: "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette"
Thank You for Smoking 2005 performer: "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette!" / writer: "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette!"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1960 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Born Reckless 1958 performer: "Song of the Rodeo"
Ranch Party 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Western Courage 1950 Short performer: "The Marshal of Jackson Hole Wyomin'", "The West Is Callin' Me Home", "Western Courage"
The Fargo Phantom 1950 Short performer: "A Song in Your Heart", "In Old Montana', "Thar's Gold in Them Thar Hills"
Coyote Canyon 1949 Short performer: "High-Tailin' Along to Glory", "Waltz of the West"
The Pecos Pistol 1949 Short performer: "Captain Jinks of the Texas Rangers"
Silver Butte 1949 Short performer: "In the Heart of the Cow Country", "Fiesta"
Cheyenne Cowboy 1949 Short performer: "Sun in the Sky", "That Good Old Western Music"
Tex Williams & Orchestra in Western Whoopee 1948 Short performer: "Don't Telephone - Don't Telegraph - Tell a Woman" / writer: "Don't Telephone - Don't Telegraph - Tell a Woman"
Outlaws of the Rockies 1945 performer: "What It Means To Be Blue"
Spade Cooley: King of Western Swing 1945 Short performer: "The Trouble with Me" - uncredited
Frontier Outlaws 1944 performer: "Don't Waste No Worry Over Me"
Devil Riders 1943 performer: "She's Mine", "It Don't Mean Anything Now" - uncredited



The Mike Douglas Show 1968 TV Series Himself
Ranch Party 1957 TV Series Himself - Singer
Shower of Stars 1956 TV Series Himself
Tex Williams' Western Varieties 1951 Short Himself
Tex Williams and His Western Caravan 1947 Short Himself (as Tex Williams and His Western Caravan Band)

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