BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS For The Last Time (1974)

For The Last Time (1974)
Is… THIS Your Card?

Actually, this is the session G was referencing (featuring Merle Haggard), Bob Wills’ last with The Texas Playboys. Thom Jurek wrote a concise review for The All Music Guide that I would have probably just re-written, so I’m let him tell you about it. Thanks for the reminder, Ducky. Give a listen to the opening track, below. How can you resist a band with a theme song? Cheap at Amazon.

“For The Last Time documents two historic moments in American music: The last time Bob Wills would ever attend or participate in a recording session – he never made the final day of the session, having suffered a severe stroke the night before – and the reunion of the great Texas Playboys, who began in the 1930s and recorded and toured together through the beginning of World War II. All living members were present, as well as Texas Playboy-for-a-day Merle Haggard, who drove all night from Chicago to make the session (he literally begged Wills to be a part of the sessions). These sessions took place on December 3 and 4, 1973, in Dallas, a short ride from Wills’ home, with most of the ’30s and ’40s band in place, including Leon McAuliffe and Leon Rausch acting as vocalists for the lion’s share of the material, with Wills singing on six tracks and Haggard guesting on three and playing fiddle as part of the string section. Haggard’s singing on “Texas Playboy Theme” is particularly moving, and one can hear the pride in his voice as Wills gives his patented “ahhhhhh-haaaaaaawwwww!” to show his own pleasure with the proceedings. Wills was seated in the center of the band and actually directed it from his wheelchair. What is most remarkable is that on certain cuts — such as “Blue Bonnet Lane,” a track recorded for a movie in 1942 and not performed since — the band nailed it on one take. Tommy Allsup’s production is flawless in that it is so minimal it’s almost as if the band were playing in the listener’s living room. In all, this is far from the lame tribute record we see so frequently these days; this is a deeply moving and inspiringly executed presentation of Bob Wills as not only a bandleader, but as an innovator and mentor. In other words, it is the only fitting tribute possible, with the man still very much alive sitting among his bandmates for the very last time.”


Playboy Theme (1:32)
Yearning (2:41)
Faded Love (3:18)
What Makes Bob Holler (2:34)
Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer) (3:07)
Goin’ Away Party (2:43)
Big Ball’s In Cowtown (2:43)
Keeper Of My Heart (3:36)
Twin Guitar Boogie (3:19)
Bubbles In My Beer (2:55)
Blue Bonnet Lane (2:17)
When You Leave Amarillo (Turn Out The Lights) (2:50)
San Antonio Rose (3:10)
I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do (2:51)
My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You (2:51)
Miss Molly (2:20)
I Can’t Go On This Way (2:24)
That’s What I Like ‘Bout The South (2:46)
Silver Lake Blues (2:49)
Milk Cow Blues (5:05)
Comin’ Down From Denver (2:51)
Baby, That Sure Would Be Good (3:25)
She’s Really Gone (2:45)
Crippled Turkey (1:57)

6 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    July 7, 2011 - 15:57 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Art Ducko
    July 8, 2011 - 04:46 | Permalink

    What makes Bob holler? It’s just because he feels that way. Oh, yeah.

  • 3
    BarrieB
    July 8, 2011 - 11:30 | Permalink

    I’ve only got a few Bob Wills albums but I am a Hag fan so thanx.

  • 4
    Willard
    July 8, 2011 - 11:54 | Permalink

    Thanks for stopping by.

    It appears “Goin’ Away Party” is the original, root melody for the Busch Beer Theme Song.

  • 5
    G
    July 8, 2011 - 12:53 | Permalink

    The Texas Playboys Are In The Wormhole!!!

    G

  • 6
    Jerry Lee
    July 9, 2011 - 08:17 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, I’ve been a Playboys fan for a while now. I can’t believe the Haggard album is out of print!

    Some great Playboys music is on the Tiffany Transcriptions series, I think it was 10 LP’s, later CD’s, which are out of print. Collector’s Choice released a huge box set, but it sells for over $100 on Amazon. As far as I know, all the performances were recorded live in the studio, and the Playboys seem to more vibrant and looser than their studio recordings, especially Tommy Duncan’s vocals. I imagine this is what it was like to see the Playboys live, an amazing band.

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