Personalities | The Light Crust Doughboys | Cowboys & Playboys | Country
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1930–present)
Formed in Fort Worth in 1930, The Light Crust Doughboys were one of the seminal bands of western swing. The original group, essentially a traditional Texas string band, included the music’s future architects Milton Brown and Bob Wills. The band name came from the group’s flour-company sponsor and from soon after their formation The Doughboys were led by the company’s president W. Lee O’Daniel. O’Daniel was fired in 1935, by which time Wills and Brown had gone their own ways, too. The reconstituted Doughboys thrived, featuring such stalwarts as tenor banjoist Marvin Montgomery (who remained with the band to his death in 2001), jazz pianist Knocky Parker and electric-guitar pioneer Zeke Campbell. Recording for ARC (later Columbia), they were musically impeccable and widely influential. They disbanded during the Second World War but reformed afterwards and remained a popular attraction into the 1950s. The band was still going strong in 2006.
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