Chanteur Country US né Thomas Elmer Duncan, le 11 Janvier 1911 près de Whitney (Texas). Tommy Duncan est décédé le 25 Juillet 1967 à San Diego (Californie).  

As the lead singer for the classic lineup of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, Tommy Duncan was the definitive Western swing Vocalsist. Crossing the smooth croon of Bing Crosby with the twang of Jimmie Rodgers and the bluesy inclinations of Emmett Miller, Duncan had a warm, distinctive, and welcoming voice that helped the Playboys cross over to a wider audience. Not only was he a wonderful, trendsetting Vocalsist, Duncan also wrote many of the Texas Playboys' biggest hits, including "Time Changes Everything," "Stay a Little Longer," "Take Me Back to Tulsa," "New Spanish Two Step," and "Bubbles in My Beer." Throughout the '30s and '40s, he was remained with Wills, leaving in 1948 when tensions between the two musicians became too great. Following his departure, Duncan launched a solo career that resulted in one major hit single, "Gamblin' Polka Dot Blues." Throughout the '50s, he sang both as a solo artist and a member of the Miller Brothers Band. In 1960, he and Wills patched up their differences and recorded several albums. Following his reunion with Wills, he began touring as a solo artist, and he remained on the road until his death in 1967.
Duncan was hired by Wills in 1933 to fill the vacant spot left in the Light Crust Doughboys by Vocalsist/pianist Milton Brown, who had left the band when W. Lee O'Daniel, the sponsor of the group's radio show, refused to let the band play dances. Wills auditioned a total of 67 singers before hiring Duncan. Later that year, Wills was fired from the radio station by O'Daniel for showing up drunk, Duncan chose to join Bob's new band, the Texas Playboys, instead of staying with the Light Crust Doughboys.
Once the Texas Playboys settled in Tulsa in 1934, Duncan moved to permanent lead Vocalsist, leaving the piano to Alton Stricklin. Over the next eight years, the group had a regular show on Tulsa's KVOO and recorded a number of hit singles for the American Recording Company, including "Right or Wrong" and "New San Antonio Rose." In 1942, Duncan left the band to join the Army and fight in World War II. His departure began a wave of defections from the Playboys, as many of the members enlisted in the service. The Playboys' popularity crumbled with the absence of so many key musicians, yet they bounced back up the charts once Duncan and several other members rejoined following the end of the war.
Duncan stayed with Wills until 1948, when the fiddler fired the singer, believing that Tommy was commanding too much attention. Upon leaving the Playboys, Duncan formed a Western swing band with several former members of the Texas Playboys and signed to Capitol Records. "Gamblin' Polka Dot Blues," his debut single, was a hit upon its summer release in 1949, peaking at number eight on the charts. After touring with the band during 1948 and 1949, Duncan joined the Miller Brothers Band in the early '50s. Over the course of the early '50s, he recorded with the Miller Brothers on Intro Records, as well as solo for Coral. During the latter half of the decade, Duncan recorded for a variety of small labels, including Cheyenne, Fire, and Award. Despite his constant touring and recording, Duncan failed to have much success, primarily because Western swing had fallen out of favor with many contemporary country fans.
Wills and Duncan patched up their differences and reunited in 1960, recording a number of sessions that were released as albums and singles over the next two years. One single, "The Image of Me," became a minor Top 40 country hit in early 1961. Following his brief reunion with Wills, Duncan continued to tour as a solo artist throughout the rest of the decade, usually employing a house band as his supporting group. In 1966, Duncan released his last single, "I Brought It on Myself"/"Let Me Take You Out," on Smash Records. The following year, he suffered a major heart attack and died in July, leaving behind a legacy of classic recordings and songs.

Talents : Singer, Songwriter, Piano

Style musical : Western Swing, Traditional Country

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CHATTANOOGA SHOE SHINE BOY (1950)

RELAX AND TAKE IT EASY (1952)

NANCY JANE (1952)

TOMATO CAN (1952)

HOUND DOG (1953)

DADDY LOVES MUMMYO (1956)

HELLO MR WORRY (1959)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & Singles

12/1938 78 t. VOCALION 04515 (US) Oh, Lady Be Good (Bob WILLS) / Oh! You Beautiful Doll (Bob WILLS & Tommy DUNCAN)
06/1949 78 t. CAPITOL 57-40178 (US) Gambling Polka Dot Blues / September
1949 78 t. CAPITOL 15381 (US) I'm Through Wasting Time On You / Worried Over You
10/1949 78 t. CAPITOL 57-40247 (US) Tommy DUNCAN & The WESTERN ALL STARS - You Put Me On My Feet (When You Took Her Off My Hands) / Just A Plain Old Country Boy
01/1950 78 t. CAPITOL 40282 (US) Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy / Never No More Blues
021950 SP CAPITOL 895 (US) In The Jailhouse Now / I Don't Believe
1950 SP NATURAL 8101 (US) Tommy DUNCAN & HIS WESTERN ALL STARS - All Star Boogie / High Country
1951 SP INTRO 6013 (US) Sick, Sober, And Sorry / Mississippi River Blues
1951 SP INTRO 6018 (US) There's Not A Cow In Texas (If You're Not The One I Love) / See Who's Sorry Now
1951 SP INTRO 6026 (US) My Sweet Wildflower / Wrong Road Home Blues
1951 SP INTRO 6027 (US) Sweet Mama Hurry Home Or I'll Be Gone / I'm Suing You
1951 SP INTRO 6029 (US) Jesus Is Mine / Take Your Burden To The Lord
1951 SP INTRO 6030 (US) Got A Letter From My Kid Today / The California Waltz
1952 SP INTRO 6037 (US) Relax And Take It Easy / Move A Little Closer
1952 SP INTRO 6049 (US) I Was Just Walking Out The Door / I've Turned A Gadabout
1952 SP INTRO 6054 (US) The Gossip Song / Nancy Jane
1952 SP INTRO 6059 (US) I Don't Want To Hurt You / Who Drank My Beer (While I Was In The Rear)
1952 SP INTRO 6060 (US) Excuse Me, I Gotta Go / Tomato Can
1952 SP INTRO 6065 (US) Where Oh Where Has My Little Love Gone / Beneath A Neon Star In A Honky Tonk
04/1953 SP INTRO 6071 (US) Tommy DUNCAN & The MILLER BROS. - I Guess You Were Right / Hound Dog
1953 SP INTRO 6073 (US) It May Take A Long, Long Time / Grits And Gravy Blues
1953 SP INTRO 6080 (US) Stars Over San Antoine  / I Reckon I'm A Texan
1953 SP INTRO 6086 (US) The Tennessee Churchbells / That Uncertain Feeling
03/1954 SP CORAL 9-64173 (US) The Parting Of The Way / Wastin' Your Life Away
08/1954 SP CORAL 9-64182 (US) I Just Can't Take It Anymore / Walkin' In The Shadow Of The Blues
12/1954 SP CORAL 9-61321 (US) Tommy DUNCAN & The PLAYBOYS - My Son My Son / Leavin' Today
1954 ? SP RIVERS 1010 (US) Remember Me / Worried Mind
04/1955 SP CORAL 9-61391 (US) San Antonio Rose / Time Changes Everything
08/1955 SP CORAL 9-61474 (US) Somebody's Pushin' / I'll Never Worry You
07/1956 SP CORAL 9-61662 (US) Mirror On The Wall / Sending Your Pictures Back
04/1956 SP FIRE 101 (US) Tommy DUNCAN with Bill WOODS' ORCHESTRA - Daddy Loves Mummyo / Crazy Mixed Up Kid
19?? SP CARAVAN 1957 (US) I Want My Gal / The Day You Left Me
09/1959 SP AWARD AW 158/9 (US) Frankie-Jean / Let Your Troubles Go Down With The Sun
19?? SP AWARD 1807 (US) I'll Be There Next Sunday / I Wish I Hadn't Called You
1959 SP CHEYENNE BJ-108 (US) Frankie-Jean / Hello Mr Worry
1959 ? SP ARROW AW 158/9 (US) Frankie-Jean / Let your Trouble Go Down With The Sun
195? SP HILLCREST HC-1807 (US) I Wish I Hadn't Called You / I'll Be There Next Sunday
05/1960 SP LIBERTY F-55260 (US) Heart To Heart Talk / What's The Matter With The Mill
08/1960 SP LIBERTY F-55264 (US) Bob WILLS & Tommy DUNCAN - Goodbye Liza Jane / The Image Of Me
02/1961 SP LIBERTY F-55311 (US) After All / It May Be Too Late
09/1961 SP LIBERTY F-55378 (US) Bob WILLS & His TEXAS PLAYBOYS - Vocalss: Tommy DUNCAN - Siesta / I'm Crying My Heart Out
04/1962 SP LIBERTY F-55450 (US) Oklahoma Gals / Tomorrow I'll Cry
07/1963 SP LIBERTY F-55594 (US) Rosetta / Blues In A
1963 SP LIBERTY F-54522 (US) Heart To Heart Talk / What's The Matter With The Mill?
1964 SP FALEW FAL 104 (US) Dance, Dance, Dance / Let's Try It Over Again
1964 SP FALEW FAL 107 (US) Dance, Dance, Dance / We Belong Together
1966 SP MOSRITE M-280 (US) Hang Your Head In Shame / Magnolia Waltz
12/1966 SP SMASH S-2073 (US) I Brought It On Myself / Let Me Take You Out
1975 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA-XW041 (US) Bob WILLS & Tommy DUNCAN - San Antonio Rose / Heart To Heart Talk









Albums

08/1960 LP 12" LIBERTY LRP-3173 (mono) / LST-7173 (stereo) (US) TOGETHER AGAIN - Bob WILLS & Tommy DUNCAN - Take Me Back To Tulsa / The Kind Of Love I Can't Forget / Time Changes Everything / Stay A Little Longer / You Don't Love Me But I'll Always Care / San Antonio Rose / Spanish Two-Step / Dusty Skies / Keeper Of My Heart / Maiden's Prayer / Ida Red Likes The Boogie / Goodnight Little Sweetheart
12/1960 LP 12" LIBERTY LRP-3182 (mono) / LST-7182 (stereo) (US) A LIVING LEGEND - Bob WILLS & Tommy DUNCAN - Right Or Wrong / Convict And The Rose / Hang Your Head In Shame / Wabash Blues / Silver Bells / Trouble In Mind / Heart To Heart Talk / Li'l Liza Jane / I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do / My Confession / It Makes No Difference Now / Playboy Medley
08/1961 LP 12" LIBERTY LRP-3194 (mono) / LST-7194 (stéréo) (US) MR. WORDS & MR. MUSIC - Bob WILLS & Tommy DUNCAN - Deep Water / Blues For Dixie / Bubbles In My Beer / Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again / Mississippi River Blues / Snow Deer / Rolly Poley / Good Ole Oklahoma / Walkin' In The Shadow Of The Blues / Jobob Rag / After All / Cindy
07/1963 LP 12" LIBERTY LRP-3303 (mono) / LST-7303 (stéréo) (US) BOB WILLS SINGS & PLAYS - Bob WILLS & Tommy DUNCAN - Rosetta / Blues In "A" / Sitting On Top Of The World / Yearning / My Mary / Don't Let The Deal Go Down / South / Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone / Maiden's Prayer / My Confession / Boot Hill Drag / Snap Your Fingers
1966 LP 12" SUNSET SUM-1108 (mono) / SUS-5108 (stéréo) (US) BOB WILLS & TOMMY DUNCAN TOGETHER ! - San Antonio Rose / Time Changes Everything / Stay A Little Longer / Take Me Back / Convict & The Rose / Goodnight Little Sweetheart / Kind Of Love / Li'l Liza Jane / Playboy / Medley : Wabash Blues
1967 LP 12" MOSRITE MLP-300 (US) RECORDED LIVE FROM THE RIVERSIDE BALLROOM, PHOENIX, ARIZONA - BOB FITE & THE WESTERN PLAYBOYS with TOMMY DUNCAN - Blues Like Midnight / Hang Your Head In Shame / Dusty Skies / Roly Poly / Release Me / Time Changes Everything / That's Your Red Wagon / Day You Left Me / Deep Water / The Kind Of Love I Can't Forget / Milk Cow Blues / I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do
1969 LP 12" SUNSET SUS-5248 (US) THE VOICE AND THE BAND OF BOB WILLS - A COUNTRY WALK - Bob WILLS & Tommy DUNCAN - Rosetta / Sitting On Top Of The World / Yearning / My Mary / Don't Let The Deal Go Down / South / Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone / Maiden's Prayer / My Confession / Boot Hell Drag
1971 2 LP 12" UNITED ARTIST UAS-9962 (US) LEGENDARY MASTERS - HALL OF FAME - Bob WILLS & Tommy DUNCAN :
DISC 1 : Playboy Medley / My Confession / Blues in "A" / Silver Bells / Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? / The Jobob Rag / Sittin' On Top Of The World / Boot Heel Rag / Yearning / Ida Red Likes The Boogie
DISC 2 : Stay A Little Longer / It Makes No Difference Now / Wabash Blues / Take Me Back To Tulsa / The Kind Of Love I Can't Forget / Li'l Liza Jane / A Maiden's Prayer / Blues For Dixie / Bubbles In My Beer / Hang Your Head In Shame / Time Changes Everything / San Antonio Rose
19?? LP 12" HMC BOUSS 19115 (US) WALKING IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES - Take Me Back To Tulsa / Gambling Polka Dot Blues / Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy / Never No' Mo' Blues / Mississippi River Blues / Wrong Road Home Blues / Nancy Jane / Grits And Gravy Blues / Hound Dog / Walkin' In The Shadow Of The Blues / The Parting Of The Ways / Roly Poly
1983 LP 12" DELTA DLP-1181 (US) RIGHT OR WRONG - BOB WILLS & TOMMY DUNCAN - Opening Theme / Jessie Polka / Narration / Right Or Wrong / Narration / Little Coquette / Get Along Home / Twinkle Twinkle Little Star / Opening Theme / Seven Comes Eleven / Basin Street / Sugar Blues / Honeysuckle Rose / Closing Theme
1984 LP 12" LONGHORN LHC-1237 (US) FOR THE LAST TIME - (RECORDED LIVE AT THE RIVERSIDE BALLROOM, PHOENIX, ARIZONA) - Blues Like Midnight / Hang Your Head To Shame / Dusty Skies / Roly¨Poly / Release Me / Time Changes Everything / That's Your Red Wagon / The Day You Left Me / Deep Water / The Kind Of Low I Can't Forget / Milk Cow Blues / I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do
198? LP 12" COWGIRLBOY LP 5063 (US) I RECKON I´M A TEXAN - Sick, Sober And Sorry / Mississippi River Blues / See Who´s Sorry Now / There´s Not A Cow In Texas (If You´re Not The One I Love) / Stars Over San Antone / I Reckon I´m A Texan / I´m Suing You / Sweet Mama Hurry Home Or I´ll Be Gone / I Just Can´t Take It Any More / Walkin´ In The Shadow Of The Blues / Mirror On The Wall / Sending Your Picture Back / The Parting Of The Ways / Wastin´ Your Life Away / Somebody´s Pushin´ / I´ll Never Worry You
12/1990 CD CURB D2-77389 (US) GREATEST HITS - BOB WILLS & TOMMY DUNCAN - Faded Love / Bubbles In My Beer / Keeper Of My Heart / Deep In The Heart Of Texas / New San Antonio Rose / South Of The Border / Across The Alley From The Alamo / Cimarron / Heart To Heart Talk / Image Of Me / Ida Red
1992 CD CEMA 9193 (US) SAN ANTONIO ROSE AND OTHER HITS - BOB WILLS & TOMMY DUNCAN - San Antonio Rose / Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer) / A Maiden's Prayer / Bubbles In My Beer / It Makes No Difference Now / Take Me Back To Tulsa / Time Changes Everything / Heart To Heart Talk / Right Or Wrong / Roly Poly
11/1994 3 CD LIBERTY CDP8-30275-2 (US) ENCORE  - BOB WILLS & TOMMY DUNCAN :
CD 1 : Image Of Me / What's The Matter With The Mill / Dry Your Darlin' Eyes / Goodbye Liza Jane / Heart To Heart Talk / It May Be Too Late / Take Me Back To Tulsa / Kind Of Love I Can't Forget / Time Changes Everything / Dusty Skies / Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer) / Keeper Of My Heart / San Antonio Rose / Spanish Two-Step / Maiden's Prayer / Ida Red / Goodnight Little Swetheart / Silver Bells / Trouble In Mind / Lil' Liza Jane / Wabash Blues / Right Or Wrong / Cryin' Won't Make Me Stay / Playboy Medley
CD 2 : She's Killing Me / I'm Crying My Heart Out / Oklahome Gals / Tomorrow I'll Cry / Siesta / Deep Water / Mississippi River Blues / Bubbles In My Beer / Blues For Dixie / Roly Poly / Maiden's Prayer / Boot Heel Drag / Yearning (Just For You) / Rosetta / South / Sittin' On Top Of The World / Don't Let The Deal Go Down
CD 3 : Summit Ridge Drive / Beaumont Rag / La Golondrina / Smith's Reel / Just Friends / St. Louis Blues / Goin' Away Party / Big Balls In Cowtown / Twin Guitar Boogie / Milk Cow Boogie / Crippled Turkey / Faded Love / Playboy Theme
11/1996 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15907 (GER) TEXAS MOON - I'm Thru Wastin' Time On You / Take Me Back To Tulsa / Worried Over You / Time Changes Everything / September / Gamblin' Polka Dot Blues / You Put Me On My Feet (When You Took Her Off My Hands) / Just A Plain Old Country Boy / In The Jailhouse Now / Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy / I Don't Believe You're Mine Any More / Never No' Mo' Blues / Texas Moon / Just A Little Bit Jealous / We Got Good Business / Please Come Back Home / High Country / All Star Boogie / There's Not A Cow In Texas (If Your Not The One I Love) / See Who's Sorry Now / Sick, Sober, And Sorry / Mississippi River Blues / Wrong Road Home Blues / Sweet Mama Hurry Home Or I'll Be Gone / My Sweet Wildflower / I'm Suing You
11/1996 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15957 (GER) BENEATH NEON STAR IN HONKY TONK - The Gossip Song / California Waltz / Got A Letter From My Kid Today / Jesus Is Mine / Take Your Burden To The Lord / Nancy Jane / Relax And Take It Easy / Move A Little Closer / I Was Just Walking Out The Door / I've Turned A Gadabout / I Hit The Jackpot (When I Won You) / I Don't Want To Hurt You / Excuse Me, I Gotta Go / Tomato Can / Who Drank My Beer (While I Was In The Rear) / Where Oh Where Has My Little Love Gone / It May Take A Long, Long Time / Grits And Gravy Blues / Beneath A Neon Star In A Honky Tonk / Stars Over San Antone / I Reckon I'm A Texan / I Guess You Were Right / Tennessee Churchbells / Hound Dog / That Certain Feeling / San Antonio Rose / Daddy Loves Mommyo / Crazy Mixed Up Kid
04/2000 CD DCC COMPACT 183 (US)

HALL OF FAME - BOB WILLS & TOMMY DUNCAN - Playboy Medley / My Confession / Blues In A / Silver Bells (That Ring In The Night) / Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? / The Jobob Rag / Sitting On Top Of The World / Boot Heel Drag / Yearning / Ida Red Likes To Boogie / Stay A Little Longer / It Makes No Difference Now / Wabash Blues / Take Me Back To Tulsa / The Kind Of Love I Can't Forget / Li'l Liza Jane / A Maiden's Prayer / Blues For Dixie / Bubbles In My Beer / Hang Your Head In Shame / Time Changes Everything / San Antonio Rose

03/2008 CD JASMINE 3585 (UK) DOG HOUSE BLUES - San Antonio Rose / Out Of Gas (Bob WILLS & Billy JACK) / I'll Never Worry You / I've Got A New Road Under My Wheels (Bob WILLS & His TEXAS PLAYBOYS) / I Just Can't Take It Any More (Tommy DUNCAN & His WESTERN ALL STARS) / Down In Old Mexico (Bob WILLS & Billy JACK) / Mirror On The Wall / Bottle Baby Boogie / (Bob WILLS & His TEXAS PLAYBOYS) / Sending Your Picture Back / Hey Lula (Hey Lu-La) (Bob WILLS & Billy JACK) / Somebody's Pushin' / I Hit The Jackpot (When I Won You) (Bob WILLS & His TEXAS PLAYBOYS) / Lilly Dale (Bob WILLS & Billy JACK) / Walkin' In The Shadow Of The Blues (Tommy DUNCAN & His WESTERN ALL STARS) / Now That We Have Said Goodbye (Bob WILLS & Billy JACK) / My Son My Son / I Don't Want To Live Alone (Bob WILLS & Billy JACK) / The Parting Of The Ways (Tommy DUNCAN & His WESTERN ALL STARS) / Cadillac In Model "A" (Bob WILLS & His TEXAS PLAYBOYS) / Leavin' Today / Dog House Blues (Bob WILLS & His TEXAS PLAYBOYS) / Tobacco Chewing Boogie (Bob WILLS & Billy JACK) / Wastin' Your Life Away
???? CD TRG PRODUCTIONS ? (US) TOMMY DUNCAN - LIVE 1949-1966 - Dusty Skies / My Adobe Hacienda / Roly Poly / Ida Red / Southland / Mom And Dad Waltz / The Waltz You Saved For Me / Lady Of Spain / When Irish Eyes Are Smiling / Stay A Little Longer / It Makes No Difference Now / Home in San Antone / Everlovin' Marshall / Saturday Night In San Antone / Rock-A-Bye Jailbird / Blues Like Midnight / Hang Your Head In Shame / Dusty Skies / Roly Poly / Release Me / Time Changes Everything / That's Your Red Wagon / The Day You Left Me / Deep Water / The Kind Of Love I Can't Forget / Milkcow Blues / I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do

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