Bob Wills Receives Special Grammy


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December 26, 2006 — Bob Wills will receive a posthumous lifetime achievement award during Grammy Week this year. Known as the King of Western Swing, Bob is credited with popularizing the genre and changing its rules. His band, The Texas Playboys, combined dance music, blues, jazz, pop, and country into a uniquely popular form.

The band gained fame playing for eight years on a Tulsa radio station and ultimately influenced generations of country and pop artists with its iconoclastic approach and individual sound. Bob, who died in 1975, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1968.

Formal acknowledgment of the special award will be made at an invitation-only ceremony, as well as during the 49th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 11.