SAN ANTONIO ROSE

Those who listen to my western-swing and cowboy-jazz program SWING ON THIS, airing every Saturday night at 7 p.m. Tulsa time on Public Radio Tulsa 89.5 (and streaming all over the known universe at publicradiotulsa.org) are aware of our quest to find and play all the known versions of the classic tune “San Antonio Rose.”
We haven’t found ‘em all yet, of course, but we’re making a pretty good dent, thanks to vinyl archaeologists like John Hamill, Wayne McCombs, and Michael Doherty. We’re also indebted big-time to Mr. Sam Barrett of Presque Isle, Maine, who listens to us with his wife, Paula, over the Internet.
Mr. Barrett has taken it upon himself to log each version of “San Antonio Rose” we play and send the list periodically to me. I have been promising him, and myself, to put this up so everyone can see the staggering variety of acts that have taken a shot at Bob Wills’ greatest hit. Finally, thanks to my social-media director, Joey Hambrick, we present the latest version of the list.
Take it away, Sam Barrett.

“As a bit of a precursor of John Hamill’s quest, I did find the September 29, 2012 show, which

was dubbed the “San Antonio Rose” Showcase, with thanks to John Hamill. That program

included:

“San Antonio Rose,” Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys

“New San Antonio Rose,” Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys

“San Antonio Rose,” Pee Wee King

“San Antonio Rose,” Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage)

“San Antonio Rose,” Cow Bop

“San Antonio Rose,” Carson & Gaile

The list:

1 • 4/27/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Willie Nelson

2 • 5/4/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Cow Bop

3 • 5/11/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Willis Brothers

4 • *5/25/13 “San Antonio Rose,” Pee Wee Spitelera*

5 • 6/1/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra

6 • 6/29/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Pee Wee King and His Golden West Cowboys

7 • 7/20/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Tony Mottola

8 • 8/3/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Bill Pursell

9 • 8/17/13  “San Antonio Rose,” the Original Texas Playboys

10 • 9/7/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Boston Pops

11 • 9/14/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Roger Williams

12 • 9/21/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Mills Brothers

13 • 10/5/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Jerry Burke

14 • 10/13/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

15 • 10/19/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Tommy Jackson

16 • 10/26/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Norman Luboff Choir

17 • 11/2/13  “San Antonio Rose,” the Ames Brothers

18 • 11/16/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Chet Atkins

19 • 4/5/14  “San Antonio Rose,” Johnny Maddox

20 • 4/12/14  “San Antonio Rose,” Jack Say and His Orchestra

21 • 4/19/13  “San Antonio Rose,” Bing Crosby

22 • 5/3/14   “San Antonio Rose,” Boxcar Willie

23 • 5/24/14  “San Antonio Rose,” Roger Williams

24 • 7/12/14  “San Antonio Rose,” Cow Bop

25 • 9/6/14  “San Antonio Rose,” the Fabulous Hank Turner

26 • 9/27/14  “San Antonio Rose,” Mason Dixon

27 • 10/4/14  “San Antonio Rose,” Living Strings

28 • 10/18/14  “San Antonio Rose,” Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians

29 • 10/25/14  “San Antonio Rose,” the Exotic Guitars

30 • 12/6/14  “San Antonio Rose,” Hoyle Nix and His West Texas Cowboys

31 • 12/13/14  “San Antonio Rose,” Bill Black’s Combo

32 • 12/27/14  “San Antonio Rose,” Russ Morgan and His Orchestra

33 • 1/3/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Carl Smith

34 • 2/14/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

35 • 3/21/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Floyd Cramer

36 • 5/9/15  “San Antonio Rose/Battle of Kookamonga,” Homer & Jethro

37 • 5/30/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

38 • 6/6/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Michael Parks

39 • 7/11/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Boxcar Willie

40 • 7/18/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Byron Berline Band

41 • 8/8/15  “Medley: Bob Wills, Hank Williams,” Shoji Tabuchi (contains SA Rose)

42 • 9/19/15  “San Antonio Rose,” the Ventures

43 • 10/10/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Pat Boone

44 • 10/17/15  “San Antonio Rose,” the Diamonds

45 • 10/24/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Al Caiola

46 • 10/31/15  “San Antonio Rose,” the 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett

47 • 11/14/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Keith Hitchner

48 • 11/21/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Cliff Bruner and His Boys

49 • 11/28/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Al Dean

50 • 12/5/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Reno and Smiley

51 • 12/12/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Living Strings

52 • 12/26/15  “New San Antonio Rose,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

53 • 12/26/15  “San Antonio Rose,” Richard Hayman and His Orchestra

54 • 1/9/16   “San Antonio Rose,” Billy Parker

55 • 1/23/16  “Bob Wills Medley,” Jana Jae w/Tweed (contains SA Rose)

56 • 2/6/16  “San Antonio Rose,” Light Crust Doughboys

57 • 2/13/16  “San Antonio Rose,” the Stereos

58 • 3/12/16  “San Antonio Rose,” Billy Liebert

59 • 4/2/16  “San Antonio Rose,” Patsy Cline

60 • 4/9/16  “San Antonio Rose,” Polly & Bill Bergen

61 • 5/7/16  “San Antonio Rose,” Charles Bud Dant and His Orchestra

62 • 6/11/16  “San Antonio Rose,” Ferlin Husky

63 • 6/18/16  “San Antonio Rose,” Norman Luboff Choir

64 • 7/2/16  “San Antonio Rose,” the Country Sounds

65 • 7/9/16  “San Antonio Rose,” Merle Travis & Joe Maphis

66 • 7/16/16  “San Antonio Rose,” Lenny Dee

67 • 7/16/16  “Opening Theme/San Antonio Rose,” John T. Wills and the Sons of Swing

68 • 7/30/16  “New San Antonio Rose,” Billy Mize

69 • 8/6/16  “San Antonio Rose,” Jan Garber and His Orchestra

70 • 8/13/16  “San Antonio Rose,” Joe Edwards w/Bill Walker and His Orchestra

71 • 8/20/16  “San Antonio Rose,” Byron Berline Band

72 • 8/27/16 “San Antonio Rose,” Brother Al Stricklin

73 • 9/3/16 “San Antonio Rose,” the Frantics

74 • 9/10/16 “San Antonio Rose,” Concrete Cowboy Band

75 • 9/17/16 “San Antonio Rose,” Jerry Lee Lewis

76 • 9/24/16 “San Antonio Rose,” Lawrence Welk

77 • 10/1/16 “San Antonio Rose,” Billy Parker

78 • 10/8/16 “San Antonio Rose,” Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians

79 • 10/15/16 “San Antonio Rose,” The Ames Brothers

80 • 10/29/16 “San Antonio Rose,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

81 • 11/12/16 “San Antonio Rose,” Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys

82 • 11/19/16 “San Antonio Rose,” Leon Russell

83 • 11/26/16 “San Antonio Rose,” Steve Lawrence

84 • 12/10/16 “San Antonio Rose/Silver Bells,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

85 • 12/17/16 “San Antonio Rose,” Johnny Bond

86 • 12/31/16 “San Antonio Rose,” the Texas B.S. Band

87 • 1/7/17 “San Antonio Rose,” Moe Bandy

88 • 1/14/17 “San Antonio Rose,” Willis Brothers

89 • 2/11/17 “San Antonio Rose,” Patsy Cline

90 • 2/18/17 “San Antonio Rose,” Vassar Clements and David Bromberg

* 1st HAMILL TIME notation 

Also, “I’ll Be Your San Antone Rose,” Emmylou Harris was a Hamill Time entry on 1/16/16″

1 APRIL 2017

1. :Let’s Ride with Bob,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “Some of that True Love,” Shelby Lynne
3. “The Thingamajig,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys
(for CARY PRUITT and CYNTHIA HACKATHORN)
4. “Hollywood and Wine,” Rodney Lay and the Wild West
(for RODNEY LAY and the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “You’re Tired of Me,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
6. “San Antonio Rose,” Jerry Lee Lewis
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS)
7. “Hey Good Lookin’,” Cowboy Jazz
(for SCOTT GREGORY)
8. “Holiday for Strings,” Spike Jones and His City Slickers
(for SUE VENABLE and HAMILL TIME)
9. “Lily Dale,” Darrell McCall w/Willie Nelson
(for TODD BRANSTETTER)
10. “There’s A Man That Comes to Our House,” the Sweet Violet Boys
(for JIM & JACKIE KARSTEIN)
11. “Looking over My Shoulder,” Dayna Wills
12. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Spade Cooley
13. “Thinking,” Jimmie Revard and His Oklahoma Playboys
(for CAT & CHRIS BURTON)
14. “Alabamy Bound,” Cow Bop

25 MARCH 2017

1. “Down Hearted Blues,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “Roll ‘Em Floyd,” Billy Mata
3. “Water Baby Boogie,” Speedy West with Jimmy Bryant
4. “Brain Cloudy Blues, Merle Haggard
(for ANDY & SHANNON STROPE and the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “You’re So Different,” Hank Penny
6. “What Did I Promise Her Last Night,” Billy Parker
7. “Chinatown My Chinatown,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
8. “I’ve Had Enough,” the Tractors
9. “San Antonio Rose,” Johnny Maddox
(for HAMILL TIME)
10. “Lone Star Swing,” Buck Pizzarelli & the Texas Tumbleweeds
11. “Sooner or Later,” Dayna Wills
(for JIM & JACKIE KARSTEIN)
12. “Another Heart to Break,” Curly Lewis
(for CYNTHIA HACKATHORN)
13. “Everybody’s Trying to be My Baby,” Rex Griffin
(for MICHAEL DOHERTY and the ROADRUNNERS and CAROLE & JACK BENDER)
14. “Swing Town,” Roy Ferguson

18 MARCH 2017

1. “William Tell,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “William Tell Overture,” Spike Jones and His City Slickers
(for SUE VENABLE and the VENABLE FAMILY)
3. “Sophisticated Lady,” Eldon Shamblin
4. “Bartender’s Blues, Merrill Moore
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS and the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “She’s Sittin’ Pretty,” Billy Parker
(for TODD BRANSTETTER)
6. “Sweet Moments,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys
7. “Pick Me Up on Your Way Down,” Tractors
8. “Steel Guitar Rag,” Les Paul and His Trio
(for HAMILL TIME)
9. “Wreck of Old 97,” Mexicali Brass
10. “San Antonio Rose,” Dayna Wills
11. “Nancy Jane,” Tommy Duncan
(for GUY T. MILLER)
12. “Shenandoah,” Curly Lewis
(for CYNTHIA HACKATHORN)
13. “Taking Off,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
14. “Stars Fell on Alabama,” the Ruth Harrison Band w/Steve Ham

11 MARCH 2017

1. “Wait ‘Til You See,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “It’s Goodbye and So Long to You,” Alison Krauss
(for TODD BRANSTETTER)
3. “Boogie Woogie Highball,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys
(for JIM & JACKIE KARSTEIN and the GLASS LIFTERS)
4. “Boogie Baby,” Great Recession Orchestra
5. “Swingin’ in Oklahoma,” Bob Skyles and His Skyrockets
6. “East of the Sun/Moonglow/Sunny Side of the Street,” Moe Billington
7. “Minnie the Moocher,” Dave Alexander
8. “San Antonio Rose,” John Denver
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS and SE EGAN)
9. “Them Hillbillies Are Mountain Williams Now,” Hoosier Hot Shots
10. “High Noon,” Diamonds
(for HAMILL TIME)
11. “There’ll be Some Changes Made,” Dayna Wills
(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)
12. “Kentucky Means Paradise,” Billy Jack Wills and His Western Swing Band
13. “In A Spanish Mission,” Johnnie Lee Wills w/John Thomas Wills
14. “I’ll be There,” Leon Russell
(for STEVE TODOROFF)
15. “Coo-Coo Creek Hop,” Herbie Remington

4 MARCH 2017

1. “Born to Love You,” Bob Wills
2. “My San Antonio Rose,” Time Jumpers
3. “Clink, Clink, Another Drink,” Spike Jones and His City Slickers
(for MONTY JOHNSON & the GLASS LIFTERS, the VENABLES, and JANE & STAN JOHNSON)
4. “Blub Twist,” Johnnie Lee Wills and Boys
5. “Mean to Me,” Dayna Wills
(for HUGH KIERIG)
6. “Pull Down the Shades and Lock the Door,” Bill Boyd
7. “Cow Cow Boogie,” the Judds
8. “Milk Cow Blues,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys
(for DAVIS JOYCE)
9. “That Big World Out There,” Billy Parker
(for HAMILL TIME)
10. “Won’t You Ride in My Little Red Wagon,” Ray Pennington and Buddy Emmons
11. “San Antonio Rose,” Ingerlill Rossvald Orchestra
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS)
12. “Faded Love,” Bob Wills and Mel Tillis
13. “Medley,” Cowjazz
14. “Hamburger Hop,” Johnny Hicks and His Troubadours
15. “Love Letters in the Sand,” Red Steagall
16. “Three Way Boogie,” Spade Cooley and His Orchestra

25 FEBRUARY 2017

1. “She’s Gone,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “As Time Goes By,” Merle Haggard
3. “I Can’t Dance (Got Ants in My Pants),” Roy Newman and His Boys
(for JACK and CAROLE BENDER)
4. “Tears Flowed Like Wine,” Tom Morrell and the Time Warp Tophands w/Chris O’Connell
(for DALE CLARK and the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “Oklahoma’s Callin’,” Jack Guthrie
6. “Salute to Big Bands Medley,” Tommy Crook and Paul McGhee
7. “Texan in a Stetson,” Dayna Wills
(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)
8. “Baby Doll,” Sons of the Pioneers
(for HAMILL TIME)
9. “You Are My Angel,” Billy Parker
10. “San Antonio Rose,” Ricky Skaggs
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS)
11. “Annie Oakley,” Gail Davis
(for TOM and NANCY BRIAN)
12. “The Three Bears,” Leon McAuliffe
13. “Blues for Dixie,” Byron Berline Band
14. “Them There Eyes,” Gene Gimble
15. “Sweet Lynda Fern,” Curly Lewis
(for CYNTHIA HACKATHORN)

18 FEBRUARY 2017

1. “Wang Wang Blues,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “You’re Gonna Love Me,” Dayna Wills
(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)
3. “Big Ball’s in Cowtown,” Alvin Crow
4. “Big Bug Boogie,” Merrill Moore
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS and the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “A Strain,” Roy’s Toys
6. “Rollin’ Along,” Dakota Dave Hull & Sean Blackburn
(for JOHN HARRIS)
7. “Prairie Lullaby,” Michael Nesmith
(for S.E. EGAN)
8. “Get Your Kicks from the Country Hicks,” Johnny Hicks and His Country Hicks
9. “San Antonio Rose,” Vassar Clements and David Bromberg
(for HAMILL TIME and SAM & PAULA BARRETT)
10. “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” Tim Rushlow and His Big Band
(for IDA KEEFER)
11. “Old Tobacco Mill,” Hi-Flyers
12. “Fireball Mail, Duane Eddy
13. “Ragg Mopp,” Stonehorse
(for BOB MCGEE)
14. “I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine,” Patti Page
15. “Can’t Get Nowhere,” Tractors

11 FEBRUARY 2017

1. “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “The Coffee Song,” Tim Rushlow and His Big Band
3. “In Between Honky Tonks,” Candy Noe
(for ERNIE SMART JR. and the GLASS LIFTERS)
4. “What Where & When,” Leon McAuliffe
(for GUY T. MILLER)
5. “Hang Your Head in Shame,” Solitaire Miles
(for ELVEN LINDBLAD)
6. “(Gotta Get to) Oklahoma City,” Luke Wills’ Rhythm Busters
(for BETTYE & GARY)
7. “Johnson Rag,” John T. Wills and the Sons of Swing
(for PHIL ALBERT)
8. “Honolulu Rock-A-Roll-A,” Moon Mullican
(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER)
9. “I Did It and I’m Glad,” Joe Carson
(for TODD BRANSTETTER and HAMILL TIME)
10. “After You’ve Gone,” Hot Club of Cowtown
11. “Fiddleitis,” Hank Thompson’s Brazos Valley Boys
12. “Nyquil Blues,” Alvin Crow and His Pleasant Valley Boys
13. “San Antonio Rose,” Patsy Cline
(for MICHAEL DOHERTY)
14. “Let Me in There, Baby,” Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys
15. “Faded Love,” Leon Rausch

4 FEBRUARY 2017

SPECIAL GUEST: BOB FJELDSTED OF THE ROUND UP BOYS

1. “No Wonder,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Round Up Boys
3. “We’re the Time Jumpers,” the Time Jumpers
4. “There Stands the Glass,” Round Up Boys
(for VICKI FJELDSTED and the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “Honky Tonkin’,” the Time Jumpers
6. “From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies,” the Hoosier Hot Shots
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS)
7. “Talkin”Bout You,” Johnnie Lee Wills
8. “Driving Nails in My Coffin,” Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps
for MARY BETH BABCOCK of DWELLING SPACES)
9. “Back in Your Own Backyard,” Roy Newman and His Boys
10. “Don’t Fence Me In,” Clint Eastwood
(for HAMILL TIME)
11. “Easy Ridin’ Papa,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
12. “Steam Heat,” Patti Page
(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)
13. “Baby Keeps Stealin’,” Great Recession Orchestra
14. “Gotta Little Red Wagon,” Merle Lindsay and His Oklahoma Nite Riders