Tex Williams

Sollie Paul "Tex" Williams (August 23, 1917 – October 11, 1985) was an American Western swing musician. He is best known for his talking blues style; his biggest hit was the novelty song, "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)", which held the number one position on the Billboard chart for sixteen weeks in 1947. "Smoke" was the No. 5 song on Billboard's Top 100 list for 1947, and was No. 1 on the country chart that year.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 23, 1917 (Illinois), Died October 11, 1985 (California)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, songwriter

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 66 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D7VB-0592 10-in. 7/7/1947 Smoke, smoke, smoke (that cigarette) Phil Harris ; Phil Harris Orchestra Male vocal solo, with male vocal group and jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-1384 10" 10/16/1947 Tell a woman Riders of the Rio Grande ; Johnny Tyler Male vocal solo, with string band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-1885 10-in. 11/11/1947 Never break your promise to a woman Bill Boyd ; Jim Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Male vocal duet, with string band songwriter  
Victor D9VB-0910 10-in. 2/18/1949 A letter asking for my broken heart Elmer Newman ; Sleepy Hollow Gang Male vocal solo, with string band songwriter  
Columbia H1157 10-in. 12/4/1944 Forgive me one more time Spade Cooley and his Orchestra String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia H1158 10-in. 12/4/1944 Shame on you Spade Cooley and his Orchestra String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia H1159 10-in. 12/4/1944 I guess I've been dreaming again Spade Cooley and his Orchestra String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia H1160 10-in. 12/4/1944 I've taken all I'm gonna take from you Spade Cooley and his Orchestra String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia H1161 10-in. 12/4/1944 A pair of broken hearts Spade Cooley and his Orchestra String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia HCO1488 10-in. 7/24/1945 You can't break my heart Spade Cooley and his Orchestra String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia HCO1638 10-in. 1/3/1946 Detour Spade Cooley and his Orchestra String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia HCO1639 10-in. 1/3/1946 Crazy 'cause I love you Spade Cooley and his Orchestra String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia HCO1640 10-in. 1/3/1946 Hide your face Spade Cooley and his Orchestra String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia HCO1870 10-in. 6/6/1946 You better do it now Spade Cooley and his Orchestra Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist  
Columbia HCO1871 10-in. 6/6/1946 You never miss the water (till the well runs dry) Spade Cooley and his Orchestra String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia HCO2247 10-in. 3/5/1947 The leaf of love Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia HCO2472 10-in. 7/22/1947 Smoke! smoke! smoke! (that cigarette) Johnny Bond String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal group songwriter  
Decca L 7067 3/2/1953 Changeable Tex Williams Orchestra vocalist  
Decca L 7068 3/2/1953 The big, big lie Tex Williams Orchestra vocalist  
Decca L 7169 4/29/1953 Don't call my name Roberta Lee ; Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 7170 4/29/1953 Hey, Mr. Cotton Picker Roberta Lee ; Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 7587 3/1/1954 Money Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 7588 3/1/1954 That's the good Lord sayin' good mornin' Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 7589 3/1/1954 River of no return Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 7633 4/16/1954 Down in the meadow Tex Williams vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 66 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Williams, Tex," accessed April 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351065.

Williams, Tex. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351065.

"Williams, Tex." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 April 2024.

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