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 (Results 26-50 of 52 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 52 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Williams, Tex," accessed January 31, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351065.

Williams, Tex. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 31, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351065.

"Williams, Tex." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 31 January 2023.

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

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