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Texas Heritage Museum Features The Light Crust Doughboys Exhibit

04.08.13

“The Light Crust Doughboys are on the air!” Texas Heritage Museum’s newest temporary exhibit is the history of the Light Crust Doughboys--the longest-running band in the history of recorded music. They are also credited with inventing Western Swing music.

In their original incarnation under the leadership of Bob Wills and Milton Brown, the Light Crust Doughboys actually worked in the Burrus Mill in Fort Worth, Texas, that made Light Crust Flour. Working in the mill was a compromise with the owner of the mill who was paying for them to play on the radio but didn’t like their “hillbilly music.” This same owner later became such a big fan of their music that he organized a network of radio stations that broadcast the Doughboys throughout Texas and most of Oklahoma. Among these radio stations included WBAP in Fort Worth, WFAA in Dallas and WOAI in San Antonio.

When the Clark family’s grocery store opened in Hillsboro, the Light Crust Doughboys agreed to play for the grand opening. In 1932, the original Doughboys began leaving the band as Brown left to form the Musical Brownies and in 1933, Wills organized the Playboys in Waco. The Light Crust Doughboys moniker stuck through the band’s various incarnations along with Wills’ fiddle-band style.

The exhibit features historical facts, memorabilia and a film on the iconic band. The exhibit will be open the remainder of the year, and admission is free to the Texas Heritage Museum. Summer hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. For more information about the Texas Heritage Museum at Hill College, please call (254) 659-7750, or visit their website at www.hillcollege.edu/info/texasheritagemuseum.