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Tex Williams (Born 23rd August, 1917)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:29 am
by john poole
Born Sollie Paul Williams one hundred years ago today, 23rd August, 1917 (Ramsey, Illinois) [died 11th October, 1985] - he started as the vocalist with Spade Cooley's band; later became best known for his original 1947 version of ‘Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette’ (the song was mainly written by Merle Travis, but Tex had a co-writer's credit)
https://secondhandsongs.com/performance/53576

‘Wild Cat’ by Tex Williams and his Western Caravan (1950) - song written by Bonnie Lake & Buddy Ebsen (later to be “Jed Clampett” in the Beverly Hillbillies)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF9AhWXsgKc
Jimmy Bryant played the amazing guitar solo -
http://www.debed.com/lanham/tjbs.htm

Tex later dabbled a little with rock’n’roll on ‘You Rocked When You Shoulda Rolled’ and (here) ‘Let’s Go Rockabilly’ (1957) - written by two of the credited writers of ‘Nothin’ Shakin’ (but the leaves on the trees)’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHzlJAGSrfw
A true rockabilly record would not have added backing vocals by the Anita Kerr Singers, but there was a nice guitar solo by Hank “Sugarfoot” Garland (unless it was Grady Martin ...)
http://www.rockabilly.nl/artists/hankgarland.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obitu ... 03878.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex_Williams
http://countrydiscoghraphy2.blogspot.co ... liams.html