Film: Bob Wills-Still the King
In 1975, the late, great Waylon Jennings wrote and sang a song called, “Bob Wills Is Still The King,” a tribute to the “King of Western Swing,” Texas’ own Bob Wills. Now, a new documentary will show how the rhythms, instruments and arrangements laid the groundwork for what would become known just a few years later as Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Oklahoma Gazette writer Louis Fowler wrote at okgazette.com:
Chuck Berry. Little Richard. Elvis Presley. These are usually the first names that come to mind when rattling off who the originators of rock and roll were. Sadly, only to those in the know, the name Bob Wills — the King of Western Swing — very rarely makes the list. But if Tulsa’s Oklahoma Museum of Pop Culture (OKPOP) has its way, it could rewrite the pop music history books forever.
Bob Wills’ musical influences went far beyond the realm of “Country Music.” You can read more about this film at the link below. In the meantime, do yourself a favor, and buy or download some music by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys…it’s some of the best music ever recorded! Just ask George Strait!