Personalities | Tommy Duncan | West Coast Scene | Country
(Vocals, songwriter, 1911–67)
The first crooner in country music, Tommy Duncan’s name remains synonymous with Bob Wills and, for many years, he was the featured singer in The Texas Playboys. Regular quarrels between the two finally resulted in a split in 1948, though – better together than apart – Duncan returned to the fold in the early 1960s when the bandleader signed a deal with Liberty Records. Influenced by diverse sources, ranging from Jimmie Rodgers to the Dixie jazz bands, he possessed the skills to tackle equally diverse material. A significant songwriter who created a handful of country classics (‘Time Changes Everything’, ‘Bubbles In My Beer’), his only chart success came with a Jimmie Rodgers’ song, ‘Gambling Polka Dot Blues’ (1949).
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