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Wills, Bob, 1905-1975



  • Existence: 1905 - 1975


Established 1945 in the San Francisco Bay area, the Tiffany Music Company was co-founded by western swing pioneer Bob Wills, songwriter Clifford Sundin, and radio personality Clifton "Cactus Jack" Johnson. The purpose was to create a transcribed radio show featuring the music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys for syndication by interested radio stations. The band recorded source music in 1946-1947. Select performances were assembled on 16" radio transcription discs and promoted to radio stations. By 1949, however, lack of subscriptions along with the company's operational troubles forced the Tiffany Music Company to abandon the business venture. Not until years later did retail releases begin appearing – most notably Kaleidoscope Records' multi-volume offerings starting in the 1980s – giving fans proper access to some of these long-dormant and coveted recordings.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Bob Wills Tiffany Transcriptions Collection

Identifier: MS-0056
Scope and Contents The Bob Wills Tiffany Transcriptions Collection was gifted to the UMKC Libraries in 1999. The collection consists of Bob Wills Tiffany Transcription audio discs as well as related promotional print material. Bob Pinson of the Country Music Foundation recommended and directed to UMKC an extant set in the possession of a producer’s wife.Print material is housed in LaBudde Special Collections and includes a leasing contract for radio stations, cued radio scripts, sheet music and a...
Dates: 1942 - 1948