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Bob Wills Was the “King of Western Swing”

Tex Ritter and Roy Acuff announced the name of the newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies on October 17, 1968, but Bob Wills missed his cue.  Taping of the show had to be stopped until the “King of Western Swing” was found backstage chewing the fat with old musician friends.

Born in Limestone County in 1905, Wills was 29 when he formed the Texas Playboys.  The legendary group performed continuously for the next three decades until the famous founder’s second heart attack in 1965.