Books of Interest
||Hubbin' It: The
Life of Bob Wills
The first of the books about Bob Wills. Written in 1938 by Ruth Sheldon,
this book was available by mail order for the price of $1
The book was reprinted in 1995 under the title
Bob Wills Hubbin' It
The introduction of the book is by Dr. Charles Townsend.
|San Antonio Rose
The Life and Music of Bob Wills
The definitive book about Bob Wills.
Dr. Charles Townsend spent many years researching, interviewing and
writing this "must have" book. The book contains a Discography
and Filmusicography as well as the story of the life of the King of
Remembered:The King of Western Swing
Written by Rosetta Wills, daughter of
Bob Wills, this book reveals the inside story of Wills offstage life
through narrative, letter extracts, postcards, diary excerpts and many
These warm and encouraging memoirs of Rosetta
Wills offers a new insight in the many books about Bob Wills. You will
read and enjoy this book many times. You may order an autographed
copy from Rosetta for $20 (includes shipping).
Turkey, Tx. 79261
|My Years with Bob Wills
by "Brother" Al Stricklin
(Bob Wills' Original Piano Player)
The "old piano pounder" Al Stricklin relates his many years and
travels with Bob Wills as one of the Texas Playboys. Al Stricklin and
writer Jon McConal give an eyewitness account of Al's start with Bob
during the Depression days through the seven years he spent as Bob's first
||The Life of Bob Wills-The King
of Western Swing
by Jimmy Latham.
Published in 1974 after 12 years of research.
Printed by Texas Tech University Press in Lubbock, Texas.
a.k.a Cowboy Fiddler in Bob Wills' Band
by Frankie McWhorter, as told by John R. Erickson
Frankie McWhorter's book describes his colorful life in two archetypes:
the working cowboy and the Texas fiddler.
Frankie grew up in the same atmosphere as Bob
Wills, and later joined the Texas Playboys as a fiddler. This book is a
great recollection of his times as both cowboy and fiddler.
||Bob Wills - His Life-Times-Music
by H.Ed Hurt
An in-depth look at the creation and development of Western Swing and the
life of Bob Wills. This book is not a biography. It is fiction based on
fact. Actual incidents have been embellished in some cases.
|Lone Star Swing
by Duncan McLean
McLean leaves his native Scotland for Texas in search of the roots of
Western Swing, particularly Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.
||The Jazz of the Southwest - An Oral
History of Western Swing
by Jean Boyd
Author Boyd explores the origins and developments of western swing.
Published in 1998.
"We're The Light Crust Doughboys From Burrus Mill"
by Jean Boyd
Jean Boyd draws on the memories of Marvin "Smokey" Montgomery
and other longtime band members and supporters to tell the Light Crust
||Eldon Shamblin The Guitar Man
His Fame - His Music - His Memorabilia
Produced by Patty Nicholas
Pictures and Stories by Rita Shamblin
Wonderful booklet describing the life and accomplishments of "The
World's Greatest Rhythm Guitarist." Lots of pictures and entertaining
|The Bob Wills Story
The Life and Music of the King of Western Swing
Narrated by Hugh Cherry
This is an eight cassette series based on the book
San Antonio Rose by Dr. Charles
Townsend. It was originally played as a ten hour radio show on select
stations, but was available for purchase. It was written by Lawson Warren
and Hugh Cherry. Mike Oatman and Mike Lynch produced the program. This is
a wonderful set, and enjoyable listening.
||Playing By Heart - Leon
Gibbs And The Miller Brothers Band
by Carroll Wilson
Story of the Miller Brothers Band in Wichita Falls, Texas and how a
trio of brothers rose from the Great Depression to develop a great
western swing band.