This is an eight sided monument
(on first side) Bob Wills
(on second side) King of Western Swing
(on third side) James Robert (Bob) Wills, born March 6 1905, Grosebeck Texas, first born child of John T. and Emma Foley Wills, brothers and sisters, Ruby - Eloise - Johnny Lee - Olga - Luther J . - Helen - Lorene - Billy Jack - Jessie Wayne
Home down between the rivers near Turkey Texas
Passed from this life May 13, 1975 in Fort Worth, Texas laid to rest in Tulsa Oklahoma
(on fourth side) Bob served in the infantry during World War II.
Stationed at Camp Howze, Gainsville, Texas
(on fifth side) In the early part of Bob's career he originated the "Light Crust Doughboys". Later he settled in Tulsa, Okla, and organized what was to become the greatest western swing band of all times, "The Texas Playboys".
(on sixth side) Hollywood Years
Bob went to Hollywood in 1940. During the next several years he and The Texas Playboys appeared in many motion pictures.
(on seventh side) Among the many songs that Bob wrote and recorded with The Texas Playboys, several are considered American classics. These include: San Antonio Rose, Spanish Two Step, Maiden's Prayer, Faded Love, Take Me Back to Tulsa, Time Changes Everything, Misery, Ida Red, Beaumont Rag, Osage Stomp,
My Confession, sally Goodin, Silver Lake Blues, Big Beaver
(on eight side) During Bob's career, he received many honors. The outstanding are:
Member of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers-1957
Country Music Hall of Fame - 1968
National Cowboy Hall of Fame - 1968
International Academy of Country and Western Hall of Fame - 1969
Honored by Governor and Legislature of Texas - 1969
Nashville Song Writers Hall of Fame - 1970