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Billy Jack Wills
Birth: Feb. 26, 1926
Death: Mar. 2, 1991

Western Musician. Born in Memphis, Texas, he was a vocalist, songwriter, guitar player, best known for being a member of the western swing band the Texas Playboys. After developing genres of jump blues, R&B and be-bop music as the Billy Jack Band in the 1940s, he with his brothers formed the Texas Playboys in 1950. The group enjoyed a strong Northwest following, touring, performing on radio shows, plus cut the hit records "Rockabye Baby Blues", "Teardrops From My Eyes", "For You, My Love" and covered the rock-a-billie classic "There's Good Rocking Tonight" in 1953. Before the Texas Playboys disbanded in 1954, they also released the singles "Faded Love" and "Crazy, Man, Crazy". Wills went out on the road, joined Jimmie Rivers and the Cherokees, plus played on various radio broadcasts before retiring from music in 1960. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Tompkins Wills (1880 - 1952)
  Emma Foley Wills (1886 - 1972)
 
 Siblings:
  James Robert Wills (1905 - 1975)*
  Ruby Wills Sullivan (1908 - 1984)*
  Eloise Wills House (1910 - 1979)*
  Johnnie Lee Wills (1912 - 1984)*
  Olga L. Wills Kerr (1916 - 2001)*
  Helen F Wills McKee (1917 - 1969)*
  Luther J. Wills (1920 - 2000)*
  Lorene M Wills (1923 - 2011)*
  Billy Jack Wills (1926 - 1991)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Memorial Park Cemetery
Tulsa
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 10, 2000
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