Bob Wills Day 2015 – April 23-25

The remarkable musician Bob Wills (1905-1975), first of the Light Crust Doughboys and then the Texas Playboys, has been called one of the founders of Western Swing.  Most of their earliest and first recordings were made at 508 Park, produced by the remarkable team of Don Law and Art Satherley.

Art Satherley (American Record Corp producer) and Bob Wills in front of 508 Park in the 1930’s. 

Art Satherley (American Record Corp producer) and Bob Wills in front of 508 Park in the 1930’s. 

In 1935, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys recorded 24 songs during recording sessions at 508 Park.  A great example of those recordings is “Spanish Two Step.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvjoaUKt1MY

In 1937, 28 songs were recorded at 508, including Steel Guitar Stomp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bXcSXppGZE

In early 1938, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys recorded 25 songs at 508 Park, including Black Rider.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x6EuN8W-XA

Then, later in 1938, San Antonio Rose https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQALXoZ-guY as well as 20 other songs were recorded at 508.  

One day recently on the third floor of 508 Park, we listened to a 78 recorded by Bob Wills on a 78 1930s Brunswick portable record player.  We all got goose bumps thinking about the incredible music recorded by Wills in that very spot.  Ninety-eight songs in all, recorded in this venerable building! We’re mighty proud.  Hope to see you all in Turkey, Texas to join in the celebration of Bob Wills Day!

For more information

http://www.bobwillsday.com/