Western Swing Chronicles, Volume 4- W. Lee O’Daniel with the Hillbilly Boys & the Light Crust Doughboys


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Although W. Lee O’Daniel (1890-1969) never sang or played an instrument, he was one of the most important figures in early western swing. In 1930, the erstwhile flour salesman was the Light Crust Doughboys’ first radio spokesman. Fronting another group, the Hillbilly Boys, O’Daniel successfully ran for Texas governor with a combination of speeches, poetry, and hot string band music. This CD highlights recordings made by both of these groups between 1933 and 1938. Highlights include vocals by Leon Huff, Kitty Williamson (“Texas Rose”) and Leon McAuliffe, plus hot fiddle by Kenneth Pitts & Carroll Hubbard, and steel guitar by Kermit Whalin. Included is a special bonus track: W. Lee O’Daniel’s actual voice in his closing from his weekly radio broadcast. Digital restoration from original 78 RPM recordings by Michael Kieffer. Liner notes and discography by Cary Ginell.

Track List

1)         Blue Bonnet Governor (Bar-X Cowboys)

2)         My Million Dollar Smile

3)         Beautiful Texas

4)         Please Pass the Biscuits, Pappy

5)         Doughboy Rag

6)         Who’s Sorry Now

7)         Hillbilly Stomp

8)         Lonesome Road Blues

9)         Old Yazoo

10)         Roll On Mississippi Roll On

11)         Rhythm and Romance

12)         Don’t Let the Deal Go Down

13)         Everybody Kiss Your Partner (The Whistle Song)

14)         Memories of Jimmy Rodgers

15)         Dirty Hangover Blues

16)         San Antonio

17)         Saturday Night Rag

18)         Congratulate Me

19)         When They Baptized Sister Lucy Lee

20)         Confessin’

21)         All I Do Is Dream of You

22)         Milenberg Joys

23)         So Tired of Dreaming

24)         Cross Patch

25)         Roll Up the Carpet

26)         Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home

27)         That Old Fashioned Way

28)         Please Pass the Biscuits, Pappy (by Carroll Hubbard)

29)         O’Daniel radio show sign-off

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Weight .3125 lbs




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