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both black and white musical circles before his death in 1931; the western-swing standard 'Steel Guitar Rag,' popularized by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, was originally recorded as 'Guitar Rag' by another black Kentuckian, guitarist Sylvester ...
November 3, 2016
Pedal to the Metal: A Short History of the Pedal Steel Guitar
Another early multi-neck user was Leon McAuliffe, composer of the classic “Steel Guitar Rag.” During his tenure with Bob Wills, the bandleader's cry of “Take it away, Leon!” was often heard. The non-pedal steel had perhaps its most populist moment when ...
February 17, 2015
The Top 10 Best Male Country Artists of All Time
Know also as “King of Western Swing,” Bob Wills carved out a legacy and influenced everyone that followed. Along with his band, the Texas Playboys, Bob recorded several hits including “Steel Guitar Rag,” “Smoke on the Water” and “New Spanish Two Step.”....
April 10, 2016
Jug Band Cohorts Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur Reunite on a Collection of American Roots Classics
Other members would include Fritz Richmond (jug); Bob Siggins, Mel Lyman, and Bill Keith (banjo); Bruno Wolf (harmonica); Maria D'Amato (later Maria Muldaur, vocals), and Richard Greene (fiddle). Before the '60s ran their course, the Jug They ...
September 20, 2016
A Melody Within His Heart
DeAngelis put his guitar and mic stand into the Jeep, alongside MacLeay's equipment — the steel guitar, the stack of music books that MacLeay didn't need because he knew all the songs by heart anyhow, the big Fender amplifier, and the briefcase that ...
February 29, 2016
Leon Rausch on the End of Western Swing
By the time Leon Rausch joined Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys as featured vocalist, in 1958, the group's popularity had waned, thanks to the rise of a new style of music that Mr. Wills, who is enshrined in both the Country Music and Rock and Roll ...
February 26, 2015
Bob Wills' Historic California Home Threatened by Land Developers
Wills sold millions of records during the '40s, '50s and '60s and traveled the world with the Band of Texas Playboys. His hits include 'Steel Guitar Rag' and 'New San Antonio Rose.' The peak of his career came during his time in Fresno, but he only ...
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After several years of appearing on radio shows while traveling throughout the southwestern states, he formed Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys in 1934. The band went on to national recognition with such hits as "Steel Guitar Rag" and the often covered ...
November 13, 2016
Barbara Mandrell’s Steel Guitar Skills Are Unmatched!
“Steel Guitar Rag” was originally composed in 1936 by Leon McAuliffe, and was first recorded by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Since then, dozens of musicians have since recorded their own version of the upbeat instrumental.
October 28, 2016
Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys - Lone Star Rag CBS A21B 8-track tape
Bob Wills ... enough that Wills could demand that steel guitarist Leon McAuliffe -- who wasn't on the first sessions due to ARC's abundance of steel players under contract -- was featured on the Playboys' next record, 1936's "Steel Guitar Rag."
November 28, 2016
Country Music History – Essential Releases of 1961, Part I
Of course, Bob Wills is addressing McAuliffe when he says, “Kick it off, Leon” on the beginning of the Western swing standard “Steel Guitar Rag.” McAuliffe settled in Rogers, Arkansas in the 1950s, owning a radio station and performing local gigs.
September 29, 2016
Milton Brown and the Founding of Western Swing.
A recording of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys playing Jesse ... The group also featured instrumental breaks on twin fiddles, tenor banjo, guitar, the first electric steel guitar, and piano, and were improvisations or takeoffs. Until this time ...
September 6, 2016
Dancing music in the C20: western swing (1931-36)
Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys – Steel Guitar Rag O’Daniel, meanwhile, would go on to find fame in unsubtly fictionalised form, as ‘Governor Pappy O’Daniel’ in O Brother, Where Art Thou! Western swing bands would perform swing-esque rhythms ...
May 4, 2016
Sylvester Weaver was a versatile guitarist of Louisville ... received and would prove massively influential in the country market. "Guitar Rag" was later re-invented by Bob Wills into "Steel Guitar Rag" and became a country standard. Through the end ...
November 4, 2015