Waylon Jennings performs “Bob Wills is Still the King” on Country’s Family Reunion.

The song reached number one on the USA country charts, on November 15, 1975. The song was included on the album, Dreaming My Dreams (RCA 1975). The song contains allusions to the song of the Wills "San Antonio Rose", the singer Tommy Duncan, the band of Bob Wills, The Texas Playboys, the existence of honky-tonks in Texas, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and the Red River which denotes one of the limits of Texas.

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Bob Wills Is Still the King:

Lp cover Waylon ( RCA 1975 )
Lp cover Waylon ( RCA 1975 )

A song written as a tribute to the great Bob Wills, by Waylon Jennings, two formats were recorded, the first live, released in June 1975, and the studio version was recorded on September 27, 1974, and released in August 1975, to the RCA label, with the production of Waylon Jennings & Ray Pennington. The song reached number one on the USA country charts, on November 15, 1975. The song was included on the album, Dreaming My Dreams (RCA 1975).Waylon also I include the song on the album, Waylon Live (RCA 1976).
A studio version of the song was also released in March 1976 in the movie, Mackintosh & T.J., album of the soundtrack of the movie.

Lp cover Soundtrack Mackintosh & T.J
Lp cover Soundtrack Mackintosh & T.J

The song contains allusions to the song of the Wills “San Antonio Rose”, the singer Tommy Duncan, the band of Bob Wills, The Texas Playboys, the existence of honky-tonks in Texas, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and the Red River which denotes one of the limits of Texas. The music of the song is obviously not a western swing nor does it sound like Bob Wills. Nor is it direct country music; rather, it is a slow mix of country, country rock and rockabilly with small western swing touches. The basic instrumentation of the group includes a steel guitar and a harmonica, which lend credibility to the western origins of the performance.



Cd cover Asleep at the wheel ( Dream works 1999 )
Cd cover Asleep at the wheel ( Dream works 1999 )

 

Versions:

The Scott Sisters 1977 (Klub Records)
The North Star Band 1981 (Es-Ki-Mo Brand Records)
Asleep at the Wheel 1999 (Dreamworks Records)
The Rolling Stones 2007 (RST Concerts) DVD Box set
Chuck Prophet 2007 (Evangeline)





Waylon Jennings – Bob Wills is Still the King Lyrics

Well the honky-tonks in Texas were my natural second home
Where you tip your hats to the ladies and the rose of San Antone
I grew up on music that we called western swing
It don’t matter who’s in Austin,Bob Wills is still the king
Lord I can still remember,the way things were back then
In spite of all the hard times,I’d live it all again
To hear the Texas playboys and Tommy Duncan sing
Makes me proud to be from Texas where Bob Wills is still the king
You can hear the Grand Old Opry in Nashville Tennessee
It’s the home of country music,on that we all agree
But when you cross that old Red River hoss
That just don’t mean a thing
Because once you’re down in Texas,Bob Wills is still the king
Well if you ain’t never been there then I guess you ain’t been told
That you just can’t live in Texas unless you got a lot of soul
It’s the home of Willie Nelson,the home of western swing
He’ll be the first to tell you,Bob Wills is still the king



Single Waylon ( RCA 1975 )
Single Waylon ( RCA 1975 )

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