Fiddler et chef d'orchestre US né le 25 avril 1915 à Texas City (Texas). Cliff Bruner est décédé le 25 août 2000.

In the late '30s, during the classic era of Western swing, Cliff Bruner was one of the fiddlers who helped to create and develop that music by fusing country and jazz sounds. As the bandleader of his own Texas Wanderers, Bruner carved out a place in country music history by focusing on a new kind of song — not the smooth, heavily jazz-influenced arrangements to which other Texas bands of the day aspired, but simpler vocal pieces with lyrics that spoke of disillusionment and hard luck. Bruner is particularly noted for his recording of Ted Daffan's composition "Truck Driver's Blues" — the first trucker song ever committed to disc.
Born in Houston, TX, in 1915, Bruner was performing professionally and wandering around Texas in search of gigs by the late 1920s. The medicine show provided him with early employment, as it did for many other early country stars; he had signed on with Dr. Scott's Medicine Show, a traveling caravan hawking a cure-all called Liquidine Tonic. In 1934, Bruner joined the pathbreaking Western swing band Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies, an act which billed itself as "The Greatest String Band on Earth." He cut close to 50 songs with the group before Brown was killed in an auto accident in April 1936; the twin fiddles often heard in the Brownies' music (setting a pattern that lasted for decades in country music) are those of Bruner and the classically trained violinist Cecil Brower.
After Brown's death, Bruner returned to Houston and formed a group called the Texas Wanderers (sometimes called Cliff Bruner & His Boys). The band settled into a slot on Beaumont radio station KDFM, whose listenership crossed the state line into heavily Cajun Southwestern Louisiana. As did other Western swing bands, this one fused traditional fiddle-led country music with elements of 1920s and '30s pop and jazz. But Bruner, from the start, favored a strikingly contemporary sound. He brought the wildly experimental electric steel guitarist Bob Dunn on board from the Brownies and featured an electric mandolinist, Leo Raley, and an energetic barrelhouse pianist, Moon Mullican. The Texas Wanderers' recordings on the Decca label crowded jukeboxes along the oil-rich, heavily industrialized Texas Gulf Coast. Among the many songs featuring vocalist Dickie McBride were several that were recognized in retrospect as early classics of the honky tonk genre: the band had perhaps its biggest hit in 1938 with a recording of the Floyd Tillman composition "It Makes No Difference Now" and "Truck Driver's Blues" followed in 1939.
In the early '40s, Bruner dissolved the Texas Wanderers, but he continued to work with Mullican and with other musicians who were forging modern country music out of the forms of Western swing: he performed with former Texas governor W. Lee O'Daniel and with Louisiana governor-to-be Jimmie Davis. Bruner and Mullican headed a band called the Showboys, and he made some recordings for Mercury and for small Texas labels after World War II. Bruner largely dropped out of music in the early '50s in favor of an insurance-sales career. When the Western swing revival flowered in the 1970s, however, he gained proper recognition as an enormously influential figure. He appeared on Johnny Gimble's 1980 LP Texas Swing Pioneers and remained active as a performer well into his ninth decade. On August 25, 2000, Bruner's long lifetime of making music came to an end when he died of cancer at the age of 85.

Talents : Fiddle, Songwriter

Style musical : Western Swing, Honky Tonk, Traditional Country

MILK COW BLUES (1937)

WHEN YOU'RE SMILING (1939)

LITTLE WHITE LIES (1939)

I'LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU (1949)

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & Single

02/1937 78 t. DECCA 5334 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Milk Cow Blues / Bringin' Home The Bacon
03/1937 78 t. DECCA 5337 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Can't Nobody Truck Like You / You Get To Hi De Hi
04/1937 78 t. DECCA 5350 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Four Or Five Times / Corrinne, Corrina
05/1937 78 t. DECCA 5368 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - So Tired / Under The Silvery Moon
07/1937 78 t. DECCA 5401 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Blue Of The Night / The Right Key But The Wrong Keyhole
09/1937 78 t. DECCA 5434 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Ain't Gonna Give None Of My Jelly Roll / Shine
12/1937 78 t. DECCA 5469 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Oh You Pretty Woman / Old Fashioned Love
01/1938 78 t. DECCA 5474 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - I Saw Your Face In Moon / Beaumont Rag

02/1938 78 t. DECCA 5485 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Sunbonnet Sue / My Daddy My Mother & Me

03/1938 78 t. DECCA 5499 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Baby Wont You Please Come / Dream Train
04/1938 78 t. DECCA 5515 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Oh How I Miss You Tonight / By A Window At End Of Lane
05/1938 78 t. DECCA 5529 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Red Lips Kiss My Blues / One Sweet Letter
06/1938 78 t. DECCA 5543 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - You Can Depend On Me / River Stay Away From My Door
07/1938 78 t. DECCA 5560 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Sugar / Girl Of My Dreams
09/1938 78 t. DECCA 5582 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Tonight You Belong To Me / Trucking On Down
10/1938 78 t. DECCA 5604 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - It Makes No Difference / I Hate To Lose You
10/1938 78 t. DECCA 5610 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Ease My Wearied Mind / Dragging The Bow
11/1938 78 t. DECCA 5619 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Bring It Home To Grandma / Sitting On The Moon
11/1938 78 t. DECCA 5624 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Sister Kate / Kangaroo Blues
12/1938 78 t. DECCA 5638 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Yearning Just For You / My Bonnie Lies Over Ocean
01/1939 78 t. DECCA 5647 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Annie Laurie / Remember
02/1939 78 t. DECCA 5660 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - When You're Smiling / Old Joe Turner Blues
03/1939 78 t. DECCA 5664 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - I Wonder If You Feel / Jojo
04/1939 78 t. DECCA 5672 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Over Moonlite Waters / I'll Keep Loving You
04/1939 78 t. DECCA 5681 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - I Wish I'd Never Learned To Love / Wonder Stomp
05/1939 78 t. DECCA 5691 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Meet Me In Loveland / Rosetta
07/1939 78 t. DECCA 5704 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - I'll Never Let You Cry / Little House On The Hill
08/1939 78 t. DECCA 5712 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - I'll Always Be Your Buddy / Waiting At The End Of The Road
09/1939 78 t. DECCA 5719 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - I Still Care For You / Is This A Dream?
10/1939 78 t. DECCA 5725 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - I'm Tired Of You / Truck Driver Blues

10/1939 78 t. DECCA 5728 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Kelly Swing / San Antonio Rose

10/1939 78 t. DECCA 5730 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS - When It's Your Time Of Day / Those Things I Can't Forget
11/1939 78 t. DECCA 5740 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS - Rubber Dolly / Black Sea Blues
11/1939 78 t. DECCA 5743 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Singing The Lowdown Blues / Star Dust

11/1939 78 t. DECCA 5753 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Little White Lies / The Other Way

11/1939 78 t. DECCA 5756 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS - I Hope I'll Never Fall In Love / Smile And Drive The Blues Away
12/1939 78 t. DECCA 5769 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - The Girl You Loved Long Ago / Jessie

12/1939 78 t. DECCA 5775 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS - Deep Elm Swing / You Gotta Know How To Truck
12/1939 78 t. DECCA 5782 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS - Lies / We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye
12/1939 78 t. DECCA 5785 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Over The Hill / Its All Over Now

01/1940 78 t. DECCA 5797 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Peggy Lou / Tell Me Why Little Girl

02/1940 78 t. DECCA 5800 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS - Moonlight On The Prairie / Where The Morning Glories Grow
02/1940 78 t. DECCA 5808 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - I'll Keep On Smiling / I'll Forgive You

03/1940 78 t. DECCA 5812 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS - Cry Baby, Cry / How Could You Have Left Me
04/1940 78 t. DECCA 5818 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS - Give Me The Old Fashioned Days / I Remember
04/1940 78 t. DECCA 5819 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Because / I'm Still In Love With You

04/1940 78 t. DECCA 5824 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Sparkling Blue Eyes / Ten Pretty Girls

05/1940 78 t. DECCA 5831 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS - Pipe Liner Blues / Racking It Back
05/1940 78 t. DECCA 5836 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Take Me Back Again / I'm Heading For That Ranch In The Sky

06/1940 78 t. DECCA 5843 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS - When You're Gone / My Dixieland Girl
06/1940 78 t. DECCA 5849 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - You Don't Love Me (But I'll Love You) / Over The Trail

07/1940 78 t. DECCA 5856 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS - Dixieland I Hear You Calling / Sundown Blues (Tin Roof Blues)
07/1940 78 t. DECCA 5860 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - New Falling Rain Blues / Sorry

08/1940 78 t. DECCA 5871 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - I Keep Thinking Of You / Neath The Purple On Hills

08/1940 78 t. DECCA 5872 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS - San Antonio Polka / I Wonder If True Love Will
10/1940 78 t. DECCA 5884 (US) The Night Was Filled With Music (TEXAS WANDERERS) / Old Fashioned Locket (BURNS BROTHERS)
05/1941 78 t. DECCA 5953 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Draft Board Blues / Tequilla Rag

06/1941 78 t. DECCA 5961 (US)

Cliff BRUNER & His BOYS - Sun Has Gone Down / Let Me Smile My Last Smile At You

08/1941 78 t. DECCA 5974 (US)

Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Jessie's Sister / My Time Will Come Someday

01/1942 78 t. DECCA 6012 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Red River Rose / I'll Be Faithful
10/1946 78 t. DECCA 46011 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - I'll Keep Thinking Of You / It Makes No Difference Now
12/1946 78 t. DECCA 46026 (US) Cliff BRUNER - Snowflakes / That's What I Like 'Bout The South
03/1947 78 t. DECCA 46033 (US) Cliff BRUNER - I'll Try Not To Cry / My Pretty Blonde
1947 78 t. DECCA 46042 (US) Deep Delta Blues (Denver DARLING / W. DAVISON) / If It's Wrong To Love You (Cliff BRUNER)
1947 78 t. DECCA 46043 (US) Cliff BRUNER - If It's Wrong To Love You / ?
06/1947 78 t. DECCA 46044 (US) Cliff BRUNER - Born To Be Blue / Won't You Mend My Aching Heart
1947 78 t. DECCA 46051 (US) Cliff BRUNER - Jessie / San Antonio Rose
1947 78 t. DECCA 46096 (US) Cliff BRUNER - When You're Smiling / Old Joe Turner Blues
08/1947 78 t. MERCURY 6046 (US) Cliff BRUNER & HIS ORCHESTRA - Lucille From Mobile / You Were All This World To Me
11/1947 78 t. DECCA 46098 (US) Cliff BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - Sparkling Blue Eyes / Ten Pretty Girls
12/1947 78 t. DECCA 46101 (US) Cliff BRUNER - Don't Make Me Blue / You Always Hurt The One You Love
07/1948 78 t. MERCURY 6113 (US) Cliff BRUNER & HIS ORCHESTRA - Firewater / Someone To Tell My Troubles To
1949 78 t. CORAL 64001 (US) Cliff BRUNER & His BOYS - I'll Keep On Loving You / Kangaroo Blues
1949 78 t. AYO 102 (US) Santa Fe Waltz / Rio Grande Polka
1949 78 t. MODERN 20-697 (US) Santa Fe Waltz / Rio Grande Polka
1949 78 t. AYO 103 (US) Unfaithful One (vocal Cliff BRUNER) / San Antonio Blues (vocal Link DAVIS)
1949 78 t. MODERN 20-698 (US) Unfaithful One (vocal Cliff BRUNER) / San Antonio Blues (vocal Link DAVIS)
1949 78 t. AYO 105 (US) TEXAS WANDERERS (vocal Rusty McDONALD) - Ouch / You Took Adbantage Of A Lonely Heart
1950 78 t. AYO 107 (US) Out Of Business / Mr. Postman
05/1950 78 t. CORAL 64042 (US) Cliff BRUNER - If It's Wrong To Love You / I'll Try Not To Cry
06/1950 78 t. AYO 109 (US) Sweetest Little Danny / Was A Gambler In Texas
1950 78 t. AYO 112 (US) You Better Do Better Baby / Hard Luck Blues
1950 78 t. AYO 113 (US) You’ve Got To Give Me What’s Mine / I’m Dying By Pieces Dear
1971 SP PREVIEW 1008 (US) Cliff BRUNER with Pee Wee WHITENING & The OTHERS BROTHERS - Welcome to the Club / Faded Love


Albums

1977 LP 12" MCA 4016 (US) CLIFF BRUNER & THE RICE BROTHERS BAND - Bringing Home The Bacon / Corrine, Corrina / Under The Silvery Moon / Odl-Fashioned Love / Beaumont Rag / San Antonio Rose / I'll Forgive You, But I Can't Forget / King Cotton Stomp / Sugar Blues / On The Sunny Side Of The Street / When I'm Walking With My Sweetness / Alabama Jubilee / You Are My Sunshine / Is It True What They Say About Dixie?
197? LP 12" SHOWTIME LP 5002 (US) WATCH OUT FOR Cliff - Jesse / Make No Difference Now / Playing Of My Heart / Salty Dog Rag / Liebestraum / Jazztime / Don't Be Unkind / Truck Driver Blues / CB Waltz / I'm Sitting At The Top Of The World
1981 LP 12" DELTA DLP-1137 (US) THEN & NOW - Jesse Polka / Maidens Prayer / Crafton Blues / Goodnight Waltz / Cotton-Eyed Disco / September Song / Black & Blue / Faded Love / Jole Blon / Blessed Assurance / Draggin' The Bow / Sweet Praises
1983 LP 12" TEXAS ROSE TXR 2710 (US) CLIFF BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS - 1937-44 - I Saw Face In The End Of The Lane / Truck Driver's Blues / I'll Keep On Loving You / Tequila Rag / Bringin' Home The Bacon / Don't Make Me Blue / I'm Tired Of You / Draft Board Blues / One Sweet Letter From You / New Falling Rain Blues / Beaumont Rag / I'll Try Not To Cry / Sittin' On The Moon / Truckin' On Down / Milk Cow Blues / Peggy Lou
1997 5 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 16932 (DE) CLIFF BRUNER & HIS TEXAS WANDERERS :
CD 1 : So Tired / Milk Cow Blues / The Right Key / You Got To Hi De Hi / Shine / Can't Nobody Truck Like Me / Bringin' Home The Bacon / Under The Silvery Moon / Corrine, Corrina / Four Or Five Times / In The Blue Of The Night / Oh Your Pretty Woman / I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O'This Jelly.. / Old Fashioned Love / Oh How I Miss You / Tonight / One Sweet Letter From You / Dream Train / Sunbonnet Sue / To-Night You Belong To Me / By A Window At The End Of The Lane / Girl Of My Dreams / I Saw Your Face In The Moon / Red Lips - Kiss My Blues Away / You Can Depend On Me / In The Blue Of The Night (alt) / Shine (alt) / Can't Nobody Truck Like Me (alt)
CD 2 : Sugar / My Daddy, My Mother And Me / Truckin' On Down / River, Stay Way From My Door / Baby Won't You Please Come Home / Beaumont Rag / Annie Laurie / Bring It On Home To Grandma / Ease My Wearied Mine / Remember / It Makes No Difference Now / My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean / Over Moonlit Waters / Draggin' The Bow / Yearning Just For You / Old Joe Turner Blues / When You're Smiling / Sister Kate / Sittin' On The Moon / Sittin' On The Moon / Kangaroo Blues / I'll Keep On Loving You / I Hate To Lose You / Jessie / Over The Hill / I'll Keep On Smiling / Truck Driver's Blues
CD 3 : I'm Tired Of You / Because / I'll Forgive You / I'm Still In Love With You / Stardust / The Other Way / Peggy Lou / Singin' The Low Down Blues Down Low / It's All Over Now / Tell Me Why Little Girl Tell Me Why / Girl That You Loved Long Ago / Little White Lies / Little White Lies / Kelly Swing / San Antonio Rose / Take Me Back Again / You Don't Love Me But I'll Always Care / I'm Headin' For That Ranch In The Sky / Over The Trail / Ten Pretty Girls / Sorry / Sorry (alt) / Sparkling Blue Eyes / New Falling Rain Blues / New Falling Rain Blues (alt) / I'll Keep Thinking Of You / Neath The Purple On The Hills
CD 4 : Neath The Purple On The Hills / Draft Board Blues / I'll Be Faithful / Jesse's Sister / Let Me Smile My Last Smile At You / Tequila Rag / Red River Rose / My Time Will Come Someday / The Sun Has Gone Down On Our Love / If It's Wrong To Love You / Born To Be Blue / Baby What You're Doing To Me / Snowflakes / That's What I Like About The South / You Took Everything / My Pretty Blonde / You Always Hurt The One You Love / Don't Make Me Blue / A Mother Gave A Son / I'll Try Not To Cry / Won't You Mend My Aching Heart / Roadhouse Rag / Too Wet To Plow / Jessie
CD 5 : Lucille From Mobile / You Were All The World To Me / You Took Advantage Of A Lonely Heart / Baby What You Doing To Me / Santa Fe Waltz / Rio Grande Polka / Unfaithful One / San Antonio Blues / Out Of Business / Mr. Postman / Ouch / You Took Advantage Of A Lonely Heart / You Better Do Better Baby / Hard Luck Blues / Sweetest Little Danny / I Was A Gambler In Texas / You've Got To Give Me What's Mine / I'm Dying By Pieces Dear

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