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Sept. 30: In the 1930s, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys perfected the fusion of hillbilly, pop, jazz and blues known as Western Swing. By the time they laid this one down in Chicago 73 years ago today, they were the king of the Southwestern dance bands.

The Playboys’ sound was centered on the fiddle (played by Wills and others), Leon McAuliffe’s innovative steel guitar and Tommy Duncan’s smooth vocals. To that were added horns, reeds and drums. It was an engaging mix that influenced countless artists, from Buck Owens and Merle Haggard to Willie Nelson, George Strait and Asleep at the Wheel.

This record was released in April 1937, with Wills classics “New San Antonio Rose,” “Roly Poly,” “Stay All Night, Stay A Little Longer” and more yet to come. His body of work landed him in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award just two years ago. Check out the links to learn more about the great Bob Wills.

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