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King of Western Swing
Bob Wills Remembered
By Rosetta Wills
Billboard Books
1998
224 Pages
ISBN:  0-8230-7745-4

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A larger-than-life figure and a lgened in his own time, Bob Wills was a major star for over five decades. From playing radio dates and dances as a member of the Aladdin Laddies and the Light Crust Doughboys in the early thirties, to barnstorming tours across the Southwest playing dance halls with the Texas Playboys, Wills was an innovator and an entertainer par excellence, as well as a major influence on country stars like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Strait and Ray Benson.

Now Bob Wills's remarkable career and extraordinary life can be seen in a very personal way in this exceptional biography and moving memoir written by his daughter, Rosetta. Revealing the inside story of Wills's offstage life, "The King of Western Swing"—through narrative, letter extracts, postcards, diary excerpts, and many never-before-seen archival photographs—chronicles five generations of the Wills family in this intertwining tale of a country music legend and the daughter he left behind.

  • Rosetta Will's fasination for music comes naturally. Her articles about her famous father and other mystical musicians have appeared in various publications. Her first Bob Wills piece was published in Nashville's Journal of Country Music—23 years after The Country Music Foundation had inducted him into The Hall of Fame. Rosetta Wills lives in Austin, Texas.