New San Antonio Rose: Bob Willis and His Texas Playboys

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  1. Bob Says:

    This one really brings back memories of moving to Dallas in 1953 from NYC. Talk about culture shock. I remember Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys performing live every Saturday night on local TV stations with programs like “The Big D Jamboree”. This was a very popular style of music in those days in this part of the country.

    Dallas in those days was completely segregated both blacks and hispanics from each other and from whites. Among the people who even realized we were Jewish there were some who thought that we were born with horns and had them removed after birth. In the 1960s Dallas’s business community, through the White Citizens Council which really ran the place, quietly did away with the public signs of segregation in the interest of not interrupting commerce with racial trouble as was happening in Birmingham. In Texas the “bidnis of bidnis is bidnis”. Catholics were considered one step above the blacks and the Jews.

    • katry Says:

      I hate country music unless it is from this era. I love rockabilly as well. The beat is just so much fun to hear.

      I never traveled in the south until way, way long after all that so I never saw it up close as you did. We are Catholics so we’re on one of those bottom rungs.

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