By Frankie McWhorter
McWhorter, who started cowboying in 1948, additionally finds his adventures and misadventures with horses, farm animals and different cowboys’ days at the JA Ranch.
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But that's how I learned most of those tunes. He'd put in little extra notes and change them around. That's what made Bob Wills' fiddle different from anyone else. I was aware of that and I wanted to learn it. A lot of those tunes were out of meter. When he found a note he liked, he'd hang on to it. There was one in particular I remember. He said, "You don't need to fool with that one, son. " It kind of hurt my feelings, but he was using some psychology on me. He knew I was going to learn that tune, and if he'd said anything else, I might not have.
Then just a few years ago I was over at Miami, Texas, at a party and they were playing a record that had "Ten Pretty Girls" on it. I happened to have my fiddle behind the seat of my pickup and I just killed that party, went back and started the record over and learned that song. In 1985 I was over in Silverton and I knew that Bud Long was living there, so I went over to his house and played that song for him. He said, "Frankie, I can see that I've accomplished at least one thing in my life. " Bud Long had quite an impact on my play- Page 14 ing.
It is best to stop and take notice when someone like Frankie comes along. LANNY FIEL LUBBOCK, TEXAS Page 7 1 Growing up in Bob Wills Country My family lived in Hall County, Texas, not far from where Bob Wills grew up, and they all knew Bob and had gone to his dances before he went to Fort Worth and made a name for himself. He lived at Turkey and played at Lakeview and Memphis. We lived near a little old place called Plaska. I started school at Plaska. I got five whippings the first day. I'll never forget that.
Cowboy fiddler in Bob Wills' band by Frankie McWhorter