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Doughboys, Playboys and Cowboys: The Golden Years of Western Swing

Doughboys, Playboys and Cowboys: The Golden Years of Western Swing

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


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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Proper Box Uk


Disc 1

  1. Sunbonnet Sue
  2. Nancy Jane
  3. Oh You Pretty Woman
  4. Brownie's Stomp
  5. Osage Stomp
  6. Who Walks in When I Walk Out
  7. Boyd's Blue
  8. I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart
  9. Sadie Greee (The Vamp of New Orleans)
  10. Who's Sorry Now
  11. Down by the O-H-I-O
  12. Barn Dance Rag
  13. Never No More Blues
  14. Too Busy
  15. Rambler's Stomp
  16. The Eyes of Texas
  17. The Yellow Rose of Texas
  18. Red's Tight Like That
  19. Buster's Crawdad Song
  20. Big Daddy Blues
  21. Feather Your Nest
  22. Dirty Dog
  23. My Galveston Gal
  24. El Rancho Grande
  25. Texas Sand

Disc 2

  1. Women Women Women
  2. Mean Old Lonesome Blues
  3. Bring It on Down to My House
  4. Corrine, Corrina
  5. One Sweet Letter From You
  6. Fort Worth Stomp
  7. The Women ('Bout to Make a Wreck Out of Me)
  8. Streamlined Mama
  9. Blue Guitars
  10. Dirty Dog Blues
  11. Mississippi Sandman
  12. Hot Tamale Pete
  13. Married Man Blues
  14. There'll Be Some Changes Made
  15. Dirty Hangover Blues
  16. Lose Your Blues and Laugh at Life
  17. Range Rider Stomp
  18. Hold That Critter Down
  19. Chicken Reel Stomp
  20. Playboy Stomp
  21. Moonlight in Oklahoma
  22. Keep on Truckin'
  23. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  24. Just Once Too Often
  25. Loudmouth

Disc 3

  1. Kangaroo Blues
  2. Pine State Honky Tonk
  3. Better Quit It Now
  4. Pussy, Pussy, Pussy
  5. I'll Keep My Old Guitar
  6. Cowboy's Swing
  7. Lonesome Road Blues
  8. Liza Pull Down the Shades
  9. Truck Driver's Blues
  10. My Untrue Cowgirl
  11. San Antonio Rose
  12. Gonna Get Tight
  13. Let's Make Believe We're Sweethearts
  14. Mississippi Muddle
  15. Billy Boy
  16. Good Gracious Gracie
  17. Mean Mean Mama (From Meana)
  18. Jones Stomp
  19. Rockin' Rollin' Mama
  20. Blue Steel Blues
  21. New San Antonio Rose
  22. Bob Wills Special
  23. Pussywillow
  24. Tobacco State Swing

Disc 4

  1. Draftboard Blues
  2. Whatcha Gonna Do
  3. Cotton Eyed Joe
  4. Sally's Got a Wooden Leg
  5. What's the Matter With Deep Elem
  6. Li'l Liza Jane
  7. Pistol Packin' Mama
  8. Forgive Me One More Time
  9. Shame on You
  10. Steel Guitar Stomp
  11. Boogie Woogie Boy
  12. That's What I Like About the South
  13. Stay a Little Longer
  14. Oklahoma Blues
  15. Oklahoma Stomp
  16. Nails in My Coffin
  17. Bob Wills Two Step
  18. I Got Texas in My Soul
  19. Wildcat Mama
  20. Betty Ann
  21. One Year Ago Tonight
  22. Oakie Boogie
  23. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
  24. Square Dance Boogie
  25. Humpty Dumpty Heart

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
Light Crust Doughboys   Track Performer
Sons of the West   Track Performer
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
Stricklin   Piano
J.D. Sumner   Fiddle
Buck Wheeler   Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Whitley   Piano,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Curley Williams   Guitar,Baritone Saxophone
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   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
Nite Owls   Track Performer
Byron "Barney" Youngblood   Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Bennett   Piano
Warren Penniman   Drums
Johnny Tyler   Vocals
Jimmy Hart   Piano
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 and His Texas Playboys   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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