Genre Country Jazz. Lively Positive Agreeable Swinging. Track Listing. Playboy Theme. Thomas A. Yearning Just for You. Faded Love. What Makes Bob Holler. Cindy Walker. Goin' Away Party. Wills formed several bands and played radio stations around the South and West until he formed the Texas Playboys in with Wills on fiddle, Tommy Duncan on piano and vocals, rhythm guitarist June Whalin, tenor banjoist Johnnie Lee Wills, and Kermit Whalin, who played steel guitar and bass.
In , he had two top 10 hits, "Ida Red Likes the Boogie" and " Faded Love ", which were his last hits for a decade. Throughout the s, he struggled with poor health and tenuous finances, but continued to perform frequently despite the decline in popularity of his earlier music as rock and roll took over.
Wills had a heart attack in and a second one the next year, which forced him to disband the Playboys, although Wills continued to perform solo.
He was recording an album with fan Merle Haggard in when a stroke left him comatose until his death in In addition to picking cotton, the young Jim Bob learned to play the fiddle and the mandolin. Several of his sisters and brothers played musical instruments.
The Wills family frequently held country dances in their home, and there was dancing in all four rooms. While living in Hall County, Texas , they also played at 'ranch dances', which were popular throughout west Texas.
Wills not only learned traditional music from his family, he learned some blues songs directly from African Americans in the cotton fields near Lakeview, Texas, and said that he did not play with many white children other than his siblings, until he was seven or eight years old. African Americans were his playmates, and his father enjoyed watching him jig dance with the black children.
The family moved to Hall County in the Texas Panhandle in ,  and in they bought a farm between the towns of Lakeview, Texas and Turkey, Texas. At the age of 16, Wills left the family and hopped a freight train. Jim Rob, as he became known, drifted for several years, traveling from town to town trying to earn a living, at one point almost losing his life when he nearly fell from a moving train, and later being chased by railroad police. In his 20s, he attended barber school, married his first wife Edna  , and moved first to Roy, New Mexico, then returned to Turkey in Hall County now considered his home town to work as a barber at Hamm's Barber Shop.
He alternated barbering and fiddling even when he moved to Fort Worth, Texas after leaving Hall County in There he played in minstrel and medicine shows , and, as with other Texas musicians such as Ocie Stockard, continued to earn money as a barber. He wore blackface makeup to appear in comedy routines, something that was common at the time.
Since there was already a Jim on the show, the manager began calling him Bob. Wills was known for his hollering and wisecracking. One source for this was when, as a very young boy, he heard his father, grandfather, and cowboys give out loud cries when the music moved them.
When asked if his wisecracking and talking on the bandstand came from his medicine show experience, he said it did not. Rather, he said that it came directly from playing and living close to Negroes, and that he never did it necessarily as show, but more as a way to express his feelings.
While in Fort Worth, Wills added the "rowdy city blues" of Bessie Smith and Emmett Miller to a repertoire of mainly waltzes and breakdowns he had learned from his father, and patterned his vocal style after that of Miller and other performers such as Al Bernard.
Wills acknowledged that he idolized Miller. Furthermore, his version of " St. Louis Blues " is nearly a word-for-word copy of Al Bernard's patter on his recording of the same song.
That Wills made his professional debut in blackface was commented on by Wills' daughter, Rosetta: "He had a lot of respect for the musicians and music of his black friends," Rosetta is quoted as saying on the Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys website. She remembers that her father was such a fan of Bessie Smith that "[h]e once rode fifty miles on horseback just to see her perform live. She was about the greatest thing I had ever heard.
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