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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)

‘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)
Jimmy Bryant played the amazing guitar solo -

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)’.
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 ...) ... 03878.html ... liams.html