Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys: Take Me Back to Tulsa
Take Me Back to Tulsa
Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
The Essential Bob Wills: 1935-1947 (Columbia Legacy 48958)
Son Lansford (bass), Leon McAuliffe (steel guitar), Al Stricklin (piano), Louis Tierney (fiddle), Gene Tomlins (drums).
Composed by Bob Wills.
Recorded: Dallas, February 25, 1941
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
This song had been a part of Bob Wills's repertoire for quite some time before this session—he had performed it as "Take Me Back to Texas" when he was with the Light Crust Doughboys. But after Wills changed his home base to Oklahoma, the song got a new name. When Wills beefed up his Playboys with jazzy reeds and brass, this downhome song not only stayed in his book but became one of his most popular songs—Wills's performance of it in the 1940 movie Take Me Back to Oklahoma certainly helped. Here the band dispenses with horns and shows off its guitar talent. But the real star is vocalist Tommy Duncan, who puts his stamp on this song with his confident, affable delivery. At a time when thousands of people from Tulsa, and elsewhere in Oklahoma, had moved to other parts of the U.S. in search of stable employment, this song must have reminded many of them of the life they left behind. You can still pick up those sweet longings in this music today.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
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