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bear family

cd (pre-order)

Expected Release: 12th Aug 2022


Another exciting title in Bear Family Records’ popular 'Gonna Shake This Shack' series.

Here is yet another exciting title in Bear Family Records®' popular series 'Gonna Shake This Shack'. Billy Jack Wills was the youngest brother of the Wills western swing dynasty. Born February 26, 1926, in Memphis, Hall County, TX, Billy Jack joined the family business as Johnnie Lee Wills' bass player in his late teens. However, mighty Bob Wills ordered him to California to join the Texas Playboys as bass player and drummer. He was also occasionally featured as a vocalist, and he proved his worth by writing the lyrics to Faded Love, Will's massive hit of 1950. BILLY JACK WILLS CADILLAC IN MODEL ‘A’ RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 12, 2022 LABEL: BEAR FAMILY CAT NUMBER: BCD17644 FORMAT: CD (DIGIPAK) + BOOKLET PRICE: £ 8.99 GENRE: VINTAGE COUNTRY MUSIC, HONKY TONK BARCODE: 4000127176448 In the late 1940s, Billy Jack Wills took over management of Wills Point, Bob's club in Sacramento. While Bob and the Texas Playboys went on tour again, Billy Jack formed the house band that accompanied him on these recordings. Legendary Playboy Tiny Moore did not want to get back on the road with Bob and became the featured star and co‐vocalist in Billy Jack's Western Swing Band. The band also included trumpeter and bassist Dick McComb, fiddler and bassist Cotton Roberts, rhythm guitarist Kenny Lowery, and later local teen steel guitarist, Vance Terry. Vance idolized the jazzy Hawaiian style of Noel Boggs. Since Billy Jack was twenty years younger than Bob, his musical influences were more up‐todate. Billy and Tiny had the most progressive band in the early and mid‐1950s. Billy Jack also encouraged his members to improvise. Despite the jazzy solos of Terry and McComb, Billy Jack's Western Swing Band had the hardest backbeat in country music. Billy Jack indeed was on the verge of rocking & rolling. The band had a strong following in the Pacific Northwest, and their covers of r & b hits of the day were dance floor magnets. Bear Family Records® presents Billy Jack Will's Western Swing band at their jazzy rockinest: The CD presents their splendid versions of Good Rockin' Tonight, Crazy Man Crazy, All She Wants to Do Is Rock, alongside (western) swing classics such as Air Mail Special, C‐Jam Blues, and the song Wills is


  1. Kentucky Means Paradise
  2. There's Good Rockin' Tonight
  3. Crazy Man Crazy
  4. Cadillac In Model 'A'
  5. Out Of Gas
  6. Hey Lula (Hey Lu‐La)
  7. Air Mail Special
  8. For You My Love
  9. All She Wants To Do Is Rock
  10. Kissin' Bug Boogie
  11. Roped And Tied
  12. C‐Jam Blues
  13. Sweet Georgia Brown
  14. Water Baby Boogie
  15. I Don't Know
  16. Sugar Blues
  17. Bottle Baby Boogie
  18. Milk Cow Blues
  19. Jelly Roll Blues
  20. Troubles (That Lonesome Kind)
  21. Woodchopper's Ball
  22. Rock‐A‐Bye Baby Blues
  23. She's A Quarter Horse Type (Of A Gal)
  24. Lonesome Hearted Blues
  25. Dipsy Doodle
  26. Tobacco Chewing Boogie
  27. Mr. Cotton Picker
  28. Hey Mr. Mailman
  29. Teardrops From My Eyes
  30. Cadillac In Model 'A' (MGM)
  31. My Shoes Keep Walkin' Back To You