"Ida Red" by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
Welcome to episode three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at Bob Wills and "Ida Red".
As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode.
I mention a PhD thesis on the history of the backbeat in the episode. Here's a link to it.
Bob Wills' music is now in the public domain, so there are many different compilations available, of different levels of quality. This is an expensive but exhaustive one, while this is a cheap one which seems to have most of the important hits on it.
The definitive book on Bob Wills, San Antonio Rose, is available here, though it's a bit pricey.
And for all the episodes on pre-1954 music, one invaluable source is the book "Before Elvis" by Larry Birnbaum.
In the episode I talk about two tracks as being "by Django Reinhardt", but the clips I play happen to be ones featuring violin solos. Those solos are, of course, by Reinhardt's longtime collaborator Stephane Grapelli. I assume most people will know this, but just in case.
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