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"Beautiful Texas" and "Your Own Sweet Darling Wife," with which O'Daniel sang his way into the Texas Governor­ship and the U. S. Senate.
Soon after splitting with Pappy, Wills took his boys to Tulsa, where they adopted their present name, the "Texas Playboys." He had just hit the big time, with film and re­cording contracts, when he enlisted in 1942. When he got out of the Army a year later, he moved to the San Joaquin Valley.
"No Notes, No Showoffs." His bandsmen, most of whom cannot read music, play strictly by ear. Bob explains: "Peo­ple don't like to see no musician with his nose buried in a sheet of music when they're dancin'." The Playboys were picked for their "Mixin' quality." Says Bob: "I can't stand for no showoffs." What show-offin' there is, Bob does him­self.
He is tired of being patronized by the swing kings. Says Bob: "They say, That guy made $340,000 last year and don't know what he's doin'.' Hell, I know what I'm doin* all right—I'm just play in' the kind of music my kind of folks like to hear."

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