Bob Wills Day at Capitol Set for March 19

Mar 10, 2014

A Bob Wills vinyl recording.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The halls of the Oklahoma State Capitol will be filling with the sound of music next week in honor of Bob Wills.

March 19 marks the annual Bob Wills Day of celebration at the capitol. Fiddlers and other musicians will perform in the morning at the House Chamber and again in the afternoon in the fourth floor rotunda.

Wills was born in Texas in 1905 and is considered the co-founder of Western swing.

Bob Wills helped bring notoriety to Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom. That's where Wills and the Texas Playboys broadcast their performances from in 1934.

Wills died in 1975 at age 70. He and his Playboys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.