Billy Jack Wills

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Descriptive "tags": western swing steel guitar rare rockabilly Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s

Biography

26 February 1926, on a farm near Memphis, Hall County, Texas, USA, d. 2 March 1991. Billy Jack was the youngest brother of Bob Wills and the ninth of the Wills family’s children. He naturally grew up influenced by his brother Bob’s music and joined the Texas Playboys in 1945. He initially played bass but, after 1949, he usually played drums and also took some vocals. He added the lyrics to the old fiddle tune called ‘Faded Love’ that had been written by Bob and his father John Wills. He shared the vocal when it was first recorded in 1950 and the song reached number 8 in the US country charts. It went on to become a country standard and was later a hit for Patsy Cline (1963), Leon McAuliffe (1963), Tompall And The Glaser Brothers (1971) and Willie Nelson and Ray Price (1980). In the mid-50s, he formed his own band and recorded for Four Star.

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