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W. Lee O’Daniel

Wilbert Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel (March 11, 1890 – May 11, 1969) was an American Democratic Party politician from Texas, who came to prominence by hosting a popular radio program. Known for his populist appeal and support of Texas's business community, O'Daniel served as the 34th governor of Texas (1939–1941) and later its junior United States senator (1941–1949). O'Daniel chose not to run for reelection to the Senate in 1948 and was succeeded by future U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson.

O'Daniel was also a songwriter who composed "Beautiful Texas".

Birth and Death Data: Born March 11, 1890 (Malta), Died May 11, 1969 (Dallas)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, lyricist

Notes: It is questionable whether or not W. Lee O'Daniel was present at sessions made by his band, the Hillbilly Boys. In his stead, it is assumed that Leon Huff led the band at sessions.

See Also: O’Daniel, Pappy

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-76873 10-in. 8/5/1933 Beautiful Texas Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer, lyricist  
Brunswick DAL561 5/15/1938 Beautiful Texas Hillbilly Boys ; W. Lee O'Daniel String band, with male vocal solo leader, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick SA2350 10-in. 8/28/1935 Krasny Texas Bačova Ceska Kapela Band composer  
Brunswick DAL550 10-in. 5/15/1938 Long, long ago Hillbilly Boys ; W. Lee O'Daniel String band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick DAL685 10-in. 12/3/1938 High falutin' Newton W. Lee O'Daniel and his Hillbilly Boys String band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick DAL693 10-in. 12/3/1938 Have you ever been lonely? (have you ever been blue) W. Lee O'Daniel and his Hillbilly Boys String band, with male vocal solo leader  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "O’Daniel, W. Lee," accessed March 3, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111588.

O’Daniel, W. Lee. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 3, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111588.

"O’Daniel, W. Lee." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 3 March 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111588

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