In 1932 vocalist Milton Brown and fiddler Bob Wills
cut the first records of a kind of country music
influenced by jazz that was later dubbed "western
swing" (by Foreman Phillips in 1944).
Basically, the country & western music of rural towns merged with the
swing of the big bands of urban jazz.
The two pioneers then split.
Brown's combo, the Musical Brownies, featuring fiddler Cecil Brower (who introduced Joe Venuti's
style to country music), jazz pianist Fred Calhoun, Bob Dunn on one of the first
amplified steel guitars and a rhythm section influenced by ragtime, ruled in
Wills' Texas Playboys, based in Oklahoma and featuring a country string section and a jazz horn section, and now fronted by Tommy Duncan, debuted on record in 1935
(with Osage Stomp, reminiscent of Will Shade's Memphis Jug Band)
and went on to produce Steel Guitar Rag (1936), New San Antonio Rose (1940), their greatest hit, recorded with an 18-piece band, Time Changes Everything (1940), Smoke on the Water (1944), New Spanish Two Step (1946).
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