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. 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 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 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  
Decca L 7901 9/15/1954 Wild card Tex Williams Orchestra ; Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 8391 5/9/1955 Be sure you're right Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 8392 5/9/1955 Old Betsy Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 8393 5/9/1955 Big bear boogie Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 8528 7/1/1955 Artichokes Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 9632 10/24/1956 Forgetful heart Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 9633 10/24/1956 I couldn't leave well enough Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 9634 10/24/1956 When I call the roll Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 9635 10/24/1956 You're cold, so cold Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 10821 2/21/1958 Bad man's country Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 10822 2/21/1958 Ballad of Thunder Road Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 10823 2/21/1958 You rocked when you shoulda rolled Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca L 10824 2/21/1958 The killer Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9226 11/14/1955 Shake the hand of a stranger Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9227 11/14/1955 Pauline-1 Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9228 11/14/1955 Reno, town of broken hearts Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9229 11/14/1955 Love is a problem Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9230 11/15/1955 Goofin' off Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9231 11/15/1955 Revival is on its way-1 Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9232 11/15/1955 New nine pound hammer Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9797 4/16/1957 Long lost love Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9798 4/16/1957 Every night Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9799 4/16/1957 My baby spends her money on me Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9803 4/18/1957 Talkin' to the blues Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9804 4/18/1957 Let's go rockabilly Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9997 11/17/1957 False face Tex Williams vocalist  
Decca NA 9998 11/17/1957 Danny boy of San Angelo Tex Williams vocalist  

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351065

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