Contents 1 Life and career 2 Filmography 3 Discography 3.1 Albums 3.2 Singles 4 Notes 5 References 6 External links

Life and career[edit] Williams started out in the early 1940s as vocalist for the band of Western Swing king Spade Cooley, based in Venice, California. Williams' backing band The Western Caravan numbered about a dozen members. They attained an enviable level of fluid interplay between electric and steel guitars, fiddles, bass, accordion, trumpet, and other instruments (even an occasional harp). At first they recorded polkas for Capitol Records with limited success. That was changed by the success of "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke" written in large part by Merle Travis.[2] In April 1956 Williams appeared on the Chrysler-sponsored CBS TV broadcast "Shower of Stars".[3] Williams died of pancreatic cancer on October 11, 1985.[4]

Filmography[edit] Williams and the Western Caravan appeared in the following films: Tex Williams and His Western Caravan (1947) Tex Williams & Orchestra in Western Whoopee (1948) Tex Williams' Western Varieties (1951)

Discography[edit] Albums[edit] Williams collection album cover Year Album US Country Label 1955 Country and Western Dance-O-Rama 5 Decca 1960 Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! Capitol 1962 Country Music Time Decca 1963 Live in Las Vegas Liberty 1966 A Voice of Authority Imperial 1966 Two Sides of Tex Williams 26 Boone 1971 A Man Called Tex 38 Monument 1974 Those Lazy, Hazy Days Granite Singles[edit] Year Single Chart Positions Album US Country US 1946 "The California Polka" 4 singles only 1947 "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" 1 1 "That's What I Like About the West" 4 "Never Trust a Woman" 8 1948 "Don't Telephone - Don't Telegraph (Tell a Woman)" 2 "Suspicion" 4 "Banjo Polka" 5 "Who? Me?" 6 "Foolish Tears" 15 "Talking Boogie" 6 "Just a Pair of Blue Eyes" 13 "Life Gits Tee-Jus, Don't It?" 5 27 1949 "(There's a) Bluebird On Your Windowsill" 11 1965 "Too Many Tigers" 26 Two Sides of Tex Williams "Big Tennessee" 30 1966 "Bottom of a Mountain" 18 "First Step Down" singles only "Another Day, Another Dollar in the Hole" 44 1967 "Crazy Life" "Black Jack County" 57 "She's Somebody Else's Heartache Now" 1968 "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke - '68" 32 "Here's to You and Me" 45 "Tail's Been Waggin' the Dog" 1970 "Big Oscar" A Man Called Tex "It Ain't No Big Thing" 50 1971 "The Night Miss Nancy Ann's Hotel for Single Girls Burned Down"A 29 1972 "Everywhere I Go (He's Already Been There)" 67 "Glamour of the Night Life (Is Calling Me Again)" singles only "Tennessee Travelin'" "Cynthia Ann" 1974 "Is This All You Hear (When a Heart Breaks)" Those Lazy, Hazy Days "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" 70 "Bum Bum Bum" 1978 "Make It Pretty for Me Baby" single only A"The Night Miss Nancy Ann's Hotel for Single Girls Burned Down" peaked at No. 27 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

Notes[edit] ^ "Information Not Found". Retrieved 2012-03-25.  ^ "Tex Williams : Biography". CMT. Retrieved 2012-03-25.  ^ Disk Talent Feature of 'Stars' Show. Billboard Apr 14, 1956. page 36 ^ Kienzle, Southwest Shuffle, p. 99: "In 1985, he died of pancreatic cancer (not lung cancer, as was widely reported)."

References[edit] Kienzle, Rich. Southwest Shuffle: Pioneers of Honky Tonk, Western Swing, and Country Jazz. New York: Routledge, 2003. ISBN 0-415-94102-4 Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8230-8291-1

External links[edit] Tex Williams on IMDb Tex Williams at Allmusic Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 23487754 LCCN: n82096234 ISNI: 0000 0000 6657 0744 GND: 134557832 BNF: cb142394139 (data) MusicBrainz: 52889ea9-1c52-487e-95a4-8c53f8322ca2 SNAC: w6c94n7v Retrieved from "" Categories: 1917 births1985 deathsDeaths from pancreatic cancerWestern swing performersAmerican country singer-songwritersAmerican country singersPeople from Ramsey, IllinoisAmerican comedy musiciansRCA Victor artistsCapitol Records artistsShasta Records artistsLiberty Records artistsMonument Records artists20th-century American singersSongwriters from IllinoisComedians from IllinoisHidden categories: Articles with hCardsWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with ISNI identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with BNF identifiersWikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiersWikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers

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