Tommy Duncan

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Descriptive "tags": country western swing americana early country theme time radio hour theme time Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s
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Biography

Thomas Elmer Duncan, 11 January 1911, Hillsboro, Texas, USA, d. 25 July 1967. Duncan grew up loving the music of Jimmie Rodgers and made the start of a long musical career in 1932, when he joined Bob Wills in the Light Crust Doughboys. When Wills quit in 1933 to form his own band, Duncan went with him to become one of Wills’ original Texas Playboys. He stayed with Wills until 1948, when, probably tired of fronting the band in Wills’ absences caused mainly by his drinking, he left to form his own band, the Western All Stars, taking with him several Texas Playboys. During his years with Wills they co-wrote several songs and Duncan’s fine baritone vocals appeared on countless recordings, including the 1940 million-selling ‘New San Antonio Rose’. In 1949, recording for Capitol Records, he registered his only solo chart hit with his version of the Jimmie Rodgers song ‘Gambling Polka Dot Blues’. In 1959, Wills and Duncan were reunited...

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