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. It can be heard during the opening credits of the 2006 movie, Thank You for Smoking.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 23, 1917 (Illinois), Died October 11, 1985 (California)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1947 - 1955
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 52 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||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|
|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|
|Decca||L 7634||4/16/1954||They were doing the mambo||Tex Williams||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7780||8/3/1954||This ole house||Rex Allen ; Tex Williams||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7782||8/3/1954||Two Texas boys||Rex Allen ; Tex Williams||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7793||8/17/1954||Elmer's tune||Tex Williams and his String Band||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7794||8/17/1954||Take the A train||Tex Williams and his String Band||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7795||8/17/1954||Perdido||Tex Williams and his String Band||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7796||8/17/1954||That's what I like about the West||Tex Williams and his String Band||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7821||8/24/1954||San Antonio rose||Tex Williams and his String Band||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7822||8/24/1954||Rancho boogie||Tex Williams and his String Band||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7823||8/24/1954||Lone star rag||Tex Williams and his String Band||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7824||8/24/1954||The leaf of love||Tex Williams and his String Band||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7898||9/15/1954||Sidetracked||Tex Williams Orchestra ; Tex Williams||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7899||9/15/1954||Can I say the same about you||Tex Williams Orchestra ; Tex Williams||vocalist|
|Decca||L 7900||9/15/1954||Roses and revolvers||Tex Williams Orchestra ; Tex Williams||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Williams, Tex," accessed February 8, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351065.
Williams, Tex. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 8, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351065.
"Williams, Tex." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 8 February 2023.
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