Personalities | Curley Williams & Paul Howard | Cowboys & Playboys | Country

(Bandleaders, 1940s)

Curley Williams (1914–70) and Paul Howard (1908–84) were – outside of Pee Wee King – the chief exponents of western swing east of the Mississippi during the music’s 1940s heyday. Both led excellent, hot bands on the Grand Ole Opry and both found it necessary to leave the Opry in order to play the music they wanted to play on their own terms. Williams co-wrote the classic ‘Half As Much’, while Howard penned another classic, ‘With Tears In My Eyes’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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