Texas Best Music and Musicians

Texas Best Song

London Homesick Blues ( Home with the Armadillo )
We will actively support any movement to make this the official state song of Texas.
Gary P. Nunn was designated Official Ambassador to the World by Texas Governor Mark White in 1985. Governor White proposed that the song London Homesick Blues (Home with the Armadillo) become the official state song of Texas! The tune was written while Nunn was stranded and broke in London in 1973. It was later recorded “Live” at Luckenbach, Texas. The song first appeared on Viva Terlingua, the platinum selling album by Jerry Jeff Walker. Austin City Limits, the popular PBS music show, picked London Homesick Blues (Home with the Armadillo) as their theme song. It has become a classic.

Texas Best Hall of Fame Country Singer, Male
How can you narrow down this category in Texas?

Willie Nelson
Abbott, Texas
Born 4-30-1933. Songwriter, singer, and films.
A sample of Willie’s many hits include Whiskey River, Blue Eyes Cryin In The Rain, On The Road Again, and All My Heroes Have Been Cowboys.
Willie has seven gold, nine platinum, and two triple platinum albums. CMA Entertainer of the year 1979 and admited to the Country Music Hall of Fame 1993.

George Strait
Pearsall, Texas 1952
The Chair, All My Exes Live In Texas, Love Without End, Amen
Nine platinum and eight gold albums. Entertainer of the year 1990.

George Jones
Saratoga, Texas
Born 9-12-1931.
Major hits include his first Why Baby Why, White Lightning and She Thinks I Still Care.
CMA Male Vocalist of the Year 63, 64, 80, and 81.
Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame 1992.

Houston, Texas
Born 8-21-1938
Singer for the Bobby Doyle Trio, The Christy Minstrels and The First Edition. Lucille, The Gambler and Coward Of The County.
Eleven platinum albums; more than any other country artist.

Gene Autry
Tioga Springs, Texas
Starred in 88 western musical pictures including his first western movie Tumbling Tumbleweeds in 1934. He later recorded the song by the same name. Well known for the original Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. His first recordings were on the Sears Roebuck label.

Waylon Jennings
Littlefield, Texas, June 15, 1937
Good Hearted Woman, That’s What You Get For Lovin’ Me, Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up Tp Be Cowboys

Bob Wills
Kosse, Texas
The King of Western Swing. Hits include Faded Love and Stay A Little Longer, and San Antonio Rose.
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1968.

Jim Reeves
Galoway, Texas (Panola County)
Born 8-20-1924 Died 1964
Four Walls, He’ll Have To Go
Elected to the CMA Hall of Fame 1967. Reeves had fifty-two top ten hits between 1953 and 1982.

Buck Owens
Sherman, Texas 8-12-1929
Star of the TV show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1886. Recorded 21 straight #1 records. I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail and Streets of Bakersfield
Billboatd’s top single and album Artist of the Decade, 1969.

Roger Miller
Ft. Worth, Texas
King Of The Road and Chug A-Lug Chug A-Lug
Won a Grammy for Dang Me

Ray Price
Perryville, Texas
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Won a Grammy for For the Good Times in 1970.

Tex Ritter
Murvual, Texas 1905
Original founder of the Country Music Hall of Fame and elected in 1964. His original hits include Jingle, Jangle, Jingle and Jealous Heart.

Mac Davis
Lubbock, Texas 1941
Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me and It’s Hard To Be Humble. Mac has written songs sung by over 150 artists including the Elvis hits In The Ghetto and Don’t Cry Daddy.

Tracey Lawrence
Atlanta, Texas 1968
Gold album Sticks and Stones, 1991

Dan Seals
McCamey, Texas
Born 2-8-1948
Meet Me In Montana and Everything That Glitters

Ernest Tubb
Crisp, Texas
2-9-1914, died 1984.
Original recordings include Walking The Floor Over You and Blue Christmas Elected to the Country Music Hall of fame 1965.

Michael Martin Murphey
Dallas, Texas
Wildfire, What’s Forever For, and A Long Line Of Love.
PO Box EFT, Taos, NM 87571

Lefty Frizzell
Corsicana, Texas
3-11-1928, died 1975.
If You’ve Got The Money, I’ve Got The Time and Saginaw, Michigan (1964)
Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982.

Larry Gatlin
Seminole, Texas
Won a Grammy for Broken Lady in 1975.

Lyle Lovett
Klein, Texas
Born 1956
1980 graduate Texas A and M University. Won a Grammy in 1988 for His Large Band.
Mail: 70 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, Ca. 91608

Johnny Rodriguez
Sabinal, Texas
You Always Come Back To Hurting Me and I Just Can’t Get Her Out Of My Mind

Vernon Dalhart
Jefferson, Texas
Born 4-6-1883
Recorded The Wreck Of The Old ‘97(1924) and The Prisoners Song. One of the first country artists to attract national attention.

Hank Thompson
Waco, Texas
Biggest hit was The Wild Side Of Life, which got an angry response from Kitty Wells with It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.
Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989.

Al Dexter
Jacksonville, Texas
Recorded on of the all time best selling songs, Pistol Packin Mama, (1943)

Jimmy Dean
Plainview, Texas
Jimmy’s big hit was Big Bad John in 1961.

Red Stegall
Gainsville, Texas
a Cowboy with hits Somewhere My Love (1973) and Party Dolls and Wine.

Stewart Hamblen
Kellyville, Texas
Open Up Your Heart and Let The Sunshine In and This Old House.

Johnny Horton
Tyler, Texas
Born 4-30-1929 Died 11-9-1960
I’m a Honky Tonk Man (1950) and The Battle of New Orleans

Charlie Pride (Honorary Texan, Sledge Miss.)
Born 1938
Charlie has made his home in Dallas for years.
Top his include Is Anybody Goin to San Antone and Kiss An Angel Good Mornin

Texas Best Hall of Fame Country Singer, Female

Barbara Mandrell
Houston, Texas
Star of the TV series, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters 1980 – 1982. Entertainer of the year, 1980 and 1981.

Tanya Tucker
Seminole, Texas
Hit it big at age 14 in 1972 with the song Delta Dawn.Tanya has many other hits including What’s Your Mamas Name.
Mail: 5200 Maryland Way #202, Brentwood, Tn 37027

Jeannie C. Riley
Anson, Texas
Harper Valley PTA and The Girl Most Likely.

Texas Best Hall of Fame Country Band

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
Originally the Light Crust Dough Boys. Two well known songs were San Antonio Rose and Faded Love. The announcer for this group in 1934 was a Texas boy named Walter Cronkite.

Texas Best Country Rapper, 1996

Neal McCoy
Jacksonville, Texas
Two albums on the charts with his last release in May. Neal McCoy is basically a R&B singer with a country recording contract.

Texas Best Hall of Fame Songwriter, Country

Willie Nelson
Abbott, Texas, 1933.
Songwriter, singer, and films.

Kris Kristofferson
Brownsville, Texas
Songwriter, singer, and films.
Wrote Help Me Make It Through The Night, Sunday Morning Comin Down, and Me And Bobby McGee.

Texas Best Soul Music

Otis Williams
An original member of the Temptations. Vocals include the first hit The Way You Do The Things You Do, (1964)

Carl Gardner

Billy Guy (Coasters)

Texas Best Hall of Fame Blues Singer, Female

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on January 19, 1943. As a teenager, she listened to blues, jazz and folk music. In 1962, Joplin moved to Austin, where she joined a folk-country band called the Waller Creek Boys. Joplin, who sang and played autoharp, often performed at Kenneth Threadgill’s bar on North Lamar Boulevard in Austin. In 1963, she moved to California to join the West Coast music scene. In 1967, Joplin got her first big break at the Monterey Pop Festival, where her powerful performance of Big Mama Thornton’s “Ball and Chain” launched her career as an international rock superstar. However, in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose. Her posthumous album, Pearl, included the single biggest hit of Joplin’s career, “Me and Bobby McGee,” written by her friend and fellow Texan Kris Kristofferson

Texas Best Hall of Fame Blues Singer, Male

Floyd Dixon
Marshall, Texas
Wrote Hey Bartender and recorded Dallas Blues and Telephone Blues.

Blind Lemon Jefferson
Wortham, Texas 1897, died 1929
One of the first and most influential rural blues singers.
King Of The Country Blues

Mance Lipscomb
Navasota, Texas April 9, 1895, died 1976
Texas songster 1990 CD Compilation.

Fabulous Thunderbirds
The Fabulous Thunderbirds are one of the finest examples of Texas roadhouse electric blues. The original lineup featured the taut lead-guitar work of Jimmie Vaughan (Stevie Ray’s brother) and Kim Wilson, the band’s frontman, a master of rude harmonica playing. the Fabulous Thunderbirds hit it big in 1986 with the #10 title cut off of the Dave Edmunds-produced TUFF ENUFF. Since then they’ve continued to enjoy a string of hits, including a remake of Sam & Dave’s Wrap It Up, Stand Back, and Powerful Stuff, featured in the Tom Cruise film Cocktail.

T-Bone Walker
Born in Texas in 1929
T-Bone was a major influence on BB King and co-author of the Blues classic Stormy Monday

Texas Best Hall of Fame POP Singer, Male

Roy Orbison
Wink, Texas,1936.
Recorded hits in the sixties, seventies, and eighties including Only The Lonely, Crying and Pretty Woman. Roy Orbison Memorial Concert is held in Wink in June. 915-527-3441.

Buddy Holley
Lubbock, Texas, 1936.
Buddy wrote and recorded classics including Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day, Maybe Baby, Oh Boy, Rave On, Not Fade Away and Words Of Love. Buddy died in a plane crash a year and a half after recording his first single.

Don Henley
Linden, Texas
Born 1948
Drummer for ‘The Eagles’ till they disbanded in 1980 to go off on solo careers. They reunited in 1996, and are now touring together again.
Desperado and Hotel California among many others.
Mail: 9130 W Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Ca. 90069

Texas Best Hall of Fame Songwriter, Pop

Roy Orbison
Wink, Texas,1936. Recorded hits in the sixties including Only The Lonely, Crying and Pretty Woman. Roy Orbison Memorial Concert is held in Wink in June. 915-527-3441.

Texas Best Hall of Fame Rock Group

ZZ Top
(Billy F. Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill)
The group formed in Houston in 1970. Albums include Tres Hombres and Deguello. Eliminator is their best selling album.

Sly Stone
Born 3-15-1944
Vocals and keyboard for Sly and the Family Stone who sang soul music converted to rock.

Texas Best Hall of Fame Rock Singer, Male

Meatloaf (Marvin Lee Aday)
Dallas, Texas, 1947.
First album was Bat Out Of Hell

Texas Best Hall of Fame Female Tejano Singer

Lake Jackson, Texas. Killed 3-31-95

Texas Best Hall of Fame Pianist

Harvey Lavan Cliburn
Kilgore, Texas. Winner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1958.

Scott Joplin
Texarkana, Texas December 24, 1868
King of Ragtime
Maple Leaf Rag used in the 1973 movie The Sting.

Moon Mullican
Corrigan, Texas
Born 3-27-1909
Texas best country pianist utilizing a two finger right hand style. Moon was known as the king of hillbilly piano players.

Texas Best Hall of Fame Guitar

Stevie Ray Vaughan
Born on October 3, 1954 at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas to Jim and Martha Vaughan.
Albums include Texas Flood, Couldn’t Stand The Weather, and The Vaughan Brothers Family Style, 1990,

Charlie Christian
Dallas, Texas
Born 1919-1942
Jazz musician that first played the Electric Guitar with Benny Goodman.

Texas Best Steel Guitar

Leon Mcauliff
Houston, Texas
Born 1-3-1917
Played with the Light Crust Doughboys and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Steel Guitar Rag, Panhandle Rag, Cozy Inn and I Don’t Love Nobody.

Texas Best Hall of Fame Texas Fiddle

Johnny Gimble, 1926
Played with Marty Robbins, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson.
Johnny Gimble and The Former Texas Playboys nominated for a Grammy in 1981 for Best Country Instrumental Performance.
The Fiddle Collection. Johnny won a 1996 Grammy for Best Instrumental.
Mail: PO Box 347, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620.

Texas Best Hall of Fame Accordian

Flaco Jimenez
His accordian is in a glass case at the Hard Rock Cafe. He has played with everyone from the Rolling Stones to the Texas Tornado.
Nominated for two Grammies.