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W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel

Pappy O'Daniel

Pappy O'Daniel and the Hillbilly Boys. For all his failings politically and personally, Pappy O'Daniel was undeniably an important figure in the development of Western Swing. Because of his talent for publicity and his business acumen, the Light Crust Doughboys and the Hillbilly Boys became nationally recognized as among the most talented and innovative of all the Western Swing bands. While the musicians would remember O'Daniel as unfair, selfish, and ruthless in his dealings with them, they also gave him credit for bringing the joyful Texas sound to a national audience.

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