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March 11, 2022

March 11th. Birthday of W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel (Mar 11, 1890 – May 11, 1969), founder (c. 1931) of one of the Light Crust Doughboys, one of the earliest and best Western Swing bands, which over the years featured such luminaries as Milton Brown, Bob Wills, Leon McAuliffe and, later, Smokey Montgomery. Later founded other excellent Western Swing groups, notably Pappy O’Daniel & His Hillbilly Boys. The Archive have compiled two compilations of Light Crust Doughboys recordings as well as a collection of the Hillbilly Boys recordings.

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