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Doughboys, Playboys and Cowboys: The Golden Years of Western Swing [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Jim Smith
This four-disc box chronicles the development of Western swing from the Fort Worth Doughboys' 1932 recordings through its heyday in the late '40s. Along the way, the collection covers every major artist, from Bob Wills and Spade Cooley to pioneers like Milton Brown and Bill Boyd, who have been under-represented almost to the point of extinction in the CD era. It also includes Patsy Montana's groundbreaking hit single, "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," and other fascinating tracks such as the Tex-Mex stomper "El Rancho Grande" by the Tune Wranglers, "Bring It on Down to My House" by Derwood Brown & His Musical Brownies, and dozens of others. The accompanying 43-page ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Smith
This four-disc box chronicles the development of Western swing from the Fort Worth Doughboys' 1932 recordings through its heyday in the late '40s. Along the way, the collection covers every major artist, from Bob Wills and Spade Cooley to pioneers like Milton Brown and Bill Boyd, who have been under-represented almost to the point of extinction in the CD era. It also includes Patsy Montana's groundbreaking hit single, "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," and other fascinating tracks such as the Tex-Mex stomper "El Rancho Grande" by the Tune Wranglers, "Bring It on Down to My House" by Derwood Brown & His Musical Brownies, and dozens of others. The accompanying 43-page booklet features bios on all the artists as well as song notes and rare photographs. Unfortunately, this doesn't include anything after 1947, but such is the nature of Proper boxes. Besides, this doesn't claim to be an exhaustive chronology -- the subtitle, "The Golden Years of Western Swing", states the intent and, as such, this is magnificent stuff. Considering what's been included, it's hard to squabble over what's been left out "Take Me Back to Tulsa," "Milk Cow Blues," and "Steel Guitar Rag" are notable examples, but pretend you don't know that and this set is perfect, containing every artist, every development, and every song that made Western swing a national phenomenon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/1999
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • EAN: 5026643110062
  • Catalog Number: 6

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sunbonnet Sue - Fort Worth Doughboys (3:04)
  2. 2 Nancy Jane - Fort Worth Doughboys (3:12)
  3. 3 Oh You Pretty Woman - Milton Brown & His Brownies (2:45)
  4. 4 Brownie's Stomp - Milton Brown & His Brownies (2:57)
  5. 5 Osage Stomp - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (3:02)
  6. 6 Who Walks in When I Walk Out - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:52)
  7. 7 Boyd's Blue - Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers (2:39)
  8. 8 I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart - Patsy Montana & the Prairie Ramblers (3:07)
  9. 9 Sadie Greee (The Vamp of New Orleans) - Roy Newman & His Boys (2:49)
  10. 10 Who's Sorry Now - Milton Brown & His Brownies (3:00)
  11. 11 Down by the O-H-I-O - Milton Brown & His Brownies (2:50)
  12. 12 Barn Dance Rag - Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers (2:50)
  13. 13 Never No More Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:54)
  14. 14 Too Busy - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:36)
  15. 15 Rambler's Stomp - Doug Bine & His Dixie Ramblers (3:01)
  16. 16 The Eyes of Texas - Milton Brown & His Brownies (3:08)
  17. 17 The Yellow Rose of Texas - Milton Brown & His Brownies (3:23)
  18. 18 Red's Tight Like That - The Tune Wranglers (2:52)
  19. 19 Buster's Crawdad Song - The Tune Wranglers (2:32)
  20. 20 Big Daddy Blues - Jimmie Revard's Oklahoma Playboys (3:00)
  21. 21 Feather Your Nest - Lem Fowler's Washboard Wonders (2:40)
  22. 22 Dirty Dog - Jimmie Revard (2:29)
  23. 23 My Galveston Gal - Milton Brown & His Brownies (3:00)
  24. 24 El Rancho Grande - The Tune Wranglers (2:57)
  25. 25 Texas Sand - The Tune Wranglers (2:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Women Women Women - Shelly Lee Alley (2:42)
  2. 2 Mean Old Lonesome Blues - Buddy Jones (3:05)
  3. 3 Bring It on Down to My House - Derwood Brown & His Musical Brownies (2:50)
  4. 4 Corrine, Corrina - Cliff Bruner (3:17)
  5. 5 One Sweet Letter From You - Cliff Bruner (2:42)
  6. 6 Fort Worth Stomp - The Crystal Springs Ramblers (2:27)
  7. 7 The Women ('Bout to Make a Wreck Out of Me) - Buddy Jones (2:52)
  8. 8 Streamlined Mama - Buddy Jones (2:20)
  9. 9 Blue Guitars - The Light Crust Doughboys (2:26)
  10. 10 Dirty Dog Blues - Mountain Mountaineers (3:01)
  11. 11 Mississippi Sandman - Modern Mountaineers (3:10)
  12. 12 Hot Tamale Pete - Bob Skyles & His Skyrockets (2:27)
  13. 13 Married Man Blues - The Nite Owls (2:40)
  14. 14 There'll Be Some Changes Made - W. Lee O'Daniel & his Hillbilly Boys (2:42)
  15. 15 Dirty Hangover Blues - W. Lee O'Daniel & his Hillbilly Boys (2:20)
  16. 16 Lose Your Blues and Laugh at Life - Jimmie Revard's Oklahoma Playboys (3:19)
  17. 17 Range Rider Stomp - The Range Riders (2:38)
  18. 18 Hold That Critter Down - The Sons of the Pioneers (2:38)
  19. 19 Chicken Reel Stomp - The Tune Wranglers (2:42)
  20. 20 Playboy Stomp - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:44)
  21. 21 Moonlight in Oklahoma - Smokey Wood (2:44)
  22. 22 Keep on Truckin' - Smokey Wood (2:16)
  23. 23 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) - Derwood Brown & His Musical Brownies (2:54)
  24. 24 Just Once Too Often - The Light Crust Doughboys (2:21)
  25. 25 Loudmouth - Modern Mountaineers (2:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Kangaroo Blues - Cliff Bruner (2:53)
  2. 2 Pine State Honky Tonk - Claude Casey & His Pine State Playboys (2:24)
  3. 3 Better Quit It Now - Adolph Hofner (2:37)
  4. 4 Pussy, Pussy, Pussy - The Light Crust Doughboys (2:24)
  5. 5 I'll Keep My Old Guitar - Adolph Hodner His Texans (2:32)
  6. 6 Cowboy's Swing - Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys (2:28)
  7. 7 Lonesome Road Blues - W. Lee O'Daniel & his Hillbilly Boys (2:39)
  8. 8 Liza Pull Down the Shades - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:20)
  9. 9 Truck Driver's Blues - Cliff Bruner (2:54)
  10. 10 My Untrue Cowgirl - Jewel Cowboys (2:40)
  11. 11 San Antonio Rose - Cliff Bruner (2:40)
  12. 12 Gonna Get Tight - Sunshine Boys (2:38)
  13. 13 Let's Make Believe We're Sweethearts - The Light Crust Doughboys (2:39)
  14. 14 Mississippi Muddle - Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys (2:27)
  15. 15 Billy Boy - Louise Massey & Her Westerners (2:49)
  16. 16 Good Gracious Gracie - The Light Crust Doughboys (2:51)
  17. 17 Mean Mean Mama (From Meana) - The Light Crust Doughboys (2:47)
  18. 18 Jones Stomp - Port Arthur Jubileers (2:51)
  19. 19 Rockin' Rollin' Mama - Buddy Jones (2:44)
  20. 20 Blue Steel Blues - Ted Daffan's Texans (2:37)
  21. 21 New San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:36)
  22. 22 Bob Wills Special (2:32)
  23. 23 Pussywillow - Port Arthur Jubileers (2:46)
  24. 24 Tobacco State Swing - Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys (2:36)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Draftboard Blues - Cliff Bruner (2:37)
  2. 2 Whatcha Gonna Do - The Hi-Flyers (2:41)
  3. 3 Cotton Eyed Joe - Adolph Hofner (2:30)
  4. 4 Sally's Got a Wooden Leg - The Sons of the West (2:46)
  5. 5 What's the Matter With Deep Elem - Sunshine Boys (2:44)
  6. 6 Li'l Liza Jane - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:38)
  7. 7 Pistol Packin' Mama - Al Dexter (2:47)
  8. 8 Forgive Me One More Time - Spade Cooley & His Orchestra (2:45)
  9. 9 Shame on You - Spade Cooley & His Orchestra (2:51)
  10. 10 Steel Guitar Stomp - Hank Penny (2:51)
  11. 11 Boogie Woogie Boy - Porky Freeman Trio (3:02)
  12. 12 That's What I Like About the South - Cliff Bruner (3:03)
  13. 13 Stay a Little Longer - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (2:49)
  14. 14 Oklahoma Blues - Zeke Clements (2:39)
  15. 15 Oklahoma Stomp - Spade Cooley & His Orchestra (2:50)
  16. 16 Nails in My Coffin - Jerry Irby & His Texas Ranchers (2:38)
  17. 17 Bob Wills Two Step - Luke Wills Rhythm Busters (2:10)
  18. 18 I Got Texas in My Soul - Tex Williams & the Western Caravan (2:58)
  19. 19 Wildcat Mama - Hank Penny (2:38)
  20. 20 Betty Ann - Jesse Ashlock (2:39)
  21. 21 One Year Ago Tonight - Don Churchill & Texas Mavericks (2:41)
  22. 22 Oakie Boogie - Johnny Tyler (2:15)
  23. 23 Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams & the Western Caravan (2:54)
  24. 24 Square Dance Boogie - Johnnie Lee Wills (2:33)
  25. 25 Humpty Dumpty Heart - Hank Thompson (2:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Rogers Vocals
Bill Boyd Guitar
Patsy Montana Vocals
Moon Mullican Piano, Vocals
Hank Thompson Guitar, Vocals
Merle Travis Guitar, Vocals
Johnnie Lee Wills Banjo, Leader
Jimmy Wyble Electric Guitar
Wayne Johnson Clarinet, Saxophone
John Gorman Clarinet, Steel Guitar, Saxophone
Leon McAuliffe Steel Guitar, Vocals
Noel Boggs Steel Guitar
Hank Penny Guitar, Vocals
Adolph Hofner Guitar, Vocals
The Light Crust Doughboys Track Performer
The Sons of the West Track Performer
The Tune Wranglers Track Performer
Tex Williams Vocals
Milton Brown Vocals
Spade Cooley Fiddle
Link Davis Fiddle
Hugh & Karl Farr Fiddle
Cliff Bruner Fiddle, Vocals
Ted Adams Baritone Saxophone
Shelly Lee Alley Fiddle, Vocals
Herman Arnspiger Guitar
Jesse Ashlock Fiddle, Vocals
Sidney Barnes Piano
Alex Brashear Trumpet
Billy Briggs Steel Guitar
Bobby Bruce Fiddle
Boudleaux Bryant Fiddle
Cecil Guitar
J.R. Chatwell Fiddle
Cotton Cooper Banjo
Ray DeGeer Clarinet, Saxophone
Tommy Duncan Vocals
Stan Ellison 10-string Guitar
Buddy Hayes Baritone Saxophone
Cameron Hill Electric Guitar
Sleepy Johnson Fiddle, Guitar
Buster B. Jones Steel Guitar
Robert McNally Saxophone
Bob Morgan Baritone Saxophone
Tiny Mott Banjo, Saxophone
Monte Mountjoy Drums
Johnny Reeves Drums
Jimmie Revard Baritone Saxophone
Neal Ruff Banjo, Clarinet
Leonard Seago Fiddle
Eldon Shamblin Guitar
Ralph Smith Piano
Everett Stover Trumpet
Al Stricklin Piano
J.D. Sumner Fiddle
Buck Wheeler Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Whitley Piano, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Curley Williams Guitar, Baritone Saxophone
Bob Wills Fiddle, Vocals, Vocal Harmony, Track Performer
J.B. Brinkley Guitar
Cecil Brower Fiddle
Joe Holley Fiddle
Ocie Stockard Banjo, Vocals
Louis Tierney Fiddle, Saxophone
Luke Wills Baritone Saxophone
Muddy Berry Drums
Derwood Brown Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Hezzie Bryant Baritone Saxophone
Fred "Papa" Calhoun Piano
Rex Call Fiddle
Wanna Coffman Baritone Saxophone
Ted Daffan Steel Guitar
Ramon de Arman Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Pedro DePaul Accordion
Morris Deason Banjo
Earl Driver Tenor (Vocal)
Salty Holmes Guitar
Chick Hurt Mandolin
Ish Irwin Baritone Saxophone
Son Lansford Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Makado Baritone Saxophone
Dickie McBride Guitar
Eddie Mitchell Steel Guitar
Lauren Mitchell Piano
Marvin Montgomery Banjo, Vocals
W. Lee O'Daniel Leader
Luke Owens Musician
Kenneth Pitts Fiddle
Leo Raley Mandola
Dick Reinhart Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Paul Rice Guitar, Vocals
Carl Stewart Baritone Saxophone
Joe Thames Banjo
Gene Tomlins Drums
John Weis Guitar, Electric Guitar
Roy Newman Guitar
Eddie Duncan Steel Guitar
Slim Harbert Guitar, Vocals
Don Harlan Clarinet, Saxophone
Tubby Lewis Saxophone
Jimmie Widener Rhythm Guitar
Tex Atchison Fiddle
Sheldon Bennett Fiddle, Guitar
Pat Brady Baritone Saxophone
Muryel "Zeke" Campbell Guitar, Electric Guitar
Claude Casey Guitar
John "Buster" Coward Guitar, Vocals
Tom Dickey Fiddle, Vocals
Bob Dunn Steel Guitar
Eddie Fielding Accordion
Howdy Forrester Fiddle
Charlie Gregg Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Art Haines Fiddle, Trombone
Jerry Irby Guitar, Vocals
Darrell Jones Baritone Saxophone
Darrell Kirkpatrick Fiddle, Accordion
Allen Massey Guitar
Curt Massey Guitar, Vocals
Louise Massey Vocals
Ben McKay Fiddle
Jimmie Meek Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Bob Nolan Vocals
Mike O'Daniel Fiddle
Pat O'Daniel Banjo
Lloyd Perryman Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Rip Ramsey Baritone Saxophone
Hoke Rice Guitar, Vocals
Elmer Scarborough Guitar
Willie Thawl Clarinet
Pat Trotter Fiddle
Johnny Williams Fiddle
Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys Track Performer
Tex Williams & the Western Caravan Track Performer
Smokey Wood Piano, Vocals
Sunshine Boys Track Performer
Jett Williams Guitar
Rip Giersdorf Baritone Saxophone
Ralph "Lefty" Nason Steel Guitar
Jack True Musician
Buddy Woody Accordion
Jack Rivers Guitar
Earl Caruthers Fiddle, Mandolin
Chuck Adams Drums
Mitch Mitchell Piano
Jimmy Thomason Fiddle
Robert Nichols Guitar
Cotton Collins Fiddle
Jose Cortez Fiddle, Vocals
Max Fidler Fiddle
Sammy Forsmark Steel Guitar
Sam Koki Steel Guitar
Johnny Borowski Fiddle, Ocarina
Wilson "Lefty" Perkins Steel Guitar
Fort Worth Doughboys Track Performer
The Nite Owls Track Performer
Byron "Barney" Youngblood Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Bennett Piano
Warren Penniman Drums
Johnny Tyler Vocals
Jimmy Hart Piano
The Crystal Springs Ramblers Track Performer
Modern Mountaineers Track Performer
Spade Cooley & His Orchestra Track Performer
Earl Brown Guitar, Vocals
Jess Ahlock Fiddle
Kenneth "Papa" Wolfe Vocals
Dick Morgan Electric Guitar
Bob Miller Piano
Landon Beaver Baritone Saxophone
Henry Boatman Fiddle, Saxophone
Lawrence Boling Guitar
Sidney Buller Guitar
Elmer Christian Baritone Saxophone
Louis Dumont Banjo
Wallace Griffin Baritone Saxophone
Helen Hunt Vocals
Fred McCord Guitar
Rankin Moler Banjo
Sonny Roden Piano
Red Brown Banjo
Joe Ferguson Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Ossie Godsen Piano
Dick Hocton Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Morgan Electric Guitar
Warren Sykes Harmonica
George Bamby Accordion
Clarence Cagle Piano
Jack Peltier Drums
Allen Reinhardt Baritone Saxophone
Leroy Millican Electric Guitar
Lonnie Mitchell Baritone Saxophone
Alan H. Barker Baritone Saxophone
Marvin Richard "Dickie" Jones Fiddle
Art Davis Fiddle
Jim Boyd Guitar, Baritone Saxophone
Leon Huff Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Moon Mullican Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Merle Travis Composer
Zeb Turner Composer
Ned Miller Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Tex Williams Composer
Spade Cooley Composer
Cliff Bruner Composer
Harry Barris Composer
Chester Cohn Composer
Jim Soldi Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Pedro DePaul Composer
Zeke Clements Composer
Coward Arranger
Adam Komorowski Liner Notes
Elsie McWilliams Composer
James Cavanaugh Composer
Joop Visser Producer
Traditional Composer
W. Benton Overstreet Composer
Billy Higgins Composer
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