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Turkey in Hall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bob Wills

 
 
Bob Wills Marker (first side) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
1. Bob Wills Marker (first side)
Inscription. This is an eight sided monument

(on first side) Bob Wills
(on second side) King of Western Swing
(on third side) James Robert (Bob) Wills, born March 6 1905, Grosebeck Texas, first born child of John T. and Emma Foley Wills, brothers and sisters, Ruby – Eloise - Johnny Lee – Olga - Luther J . - Helen - Lorene - Billy Jack - Jessie Wayne
Home down between the rivers near Turkey Texas
Passed from this life May 13, 1975 in Fort Worth, Texas laid to rest in Tulsa Oklahoma
(on fourth side) Bob served in the infantry during World War II.
Stationed at Camp Howze, Gainsville, Texas
(on fifth side) In the early part of Bob's career he originated the "Light Crust Doughboys". Later he settled in Tulsa, Okla, and organized what was to become the greatest western swing band of all times, "The Texas Playboys".
(on sixth side) Hollywood Years
Bob went to Hollywood in 1940. During the next several years he and The Texas Playboys appeared in many motion pictures.
(on seventh side) Among the many songs that Bob wrote and recorded with The Texas Playboys, several are considered American classics. These include:
San Antonio Rose, Spanish Two Step, Maiden's Prayer, Faded Love, Take Me Back to Tulsa, Time Changes Everything, Misery, Ida Red, Beaumont Rag, Osage Stomp,
Bob Wills Marker (second side) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
2. Bob Wills Marker (second side)
My Confession, sally Goodin, Silver Lake Blues, Big Beaver
(on eight side) During Bob's career, he received many honors. The outstanding are:
Member of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers-1957
Country Music Hall of Fame – 1968
National Cowboy Hall of Fame – 1968
International Academy of Country and Western Hall of Fame – 1969
Honored by Governor and Legislature of Texas – 1969
Nashville Song Writers Hall of Fame – 1970

 
Location. 34° 23.557′ N, 100° 54.045′ W. Marker is in Turkey, Texas, in Hall County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 86) and County Route 3, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Turkey TX 79261, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Turkey High School (approx. half a mile away); First Methodist Church of Turkey (approx. half a mile away); Resthaven Cemetery (approx. 7.3 miles away); Gasoline Cotton Gin (approx. 7.3 miles away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 8.4 miles away); The Ozark Trail at Tampico (approx. 8.9 miles away).
 
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Bob Wills Marker (third side) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
3. Bob Wills Marker (third side)
Bob Wills Marker (fourth side) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
4. Bob Wills Marker (fourth side)
Bob Wills Marker (fifth side) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
5. Bob Wills Marker (fifth side)
Bob Wills Marker (sixth side) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
6. Bob Wills Marker (sixth side)
Bob Wills Marker(seventh side) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
7. Bob Wills Marker(seventh side)
Bob Wills Marker (side eight) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
8. Bob Wills Marker (side eight)
Bob Wills Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
9. Bob Wills Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 28, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   8. submitted on November 29, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   9. submitted on November 28, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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