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Playlist of Cliff Bruner & his Texas Wanderers

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  • Floyd Tillman and Cliff Bruner

    3:55

    Floyd Tillman and Cliff Bruner at the Shelly Lee Alley Tribute.

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  • Floyd Tillman Cliff Bruner at Shelly Lee Alley Tribute

    3:44

    Floyd Tillman and Cliff Bruner at the Shelly Lee Alley Tribute.

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  • Cliff Bruner And His Texas Wanderers

    3:10

    Cliff Bruner And His Texas Wanderers - That's what I like about the south. Sublime Western Swing from one of the best bands of the 1930's

  • Cliff Bruner & his Texas Wanderers - It Makes No Difference Now~1938

    2:44

    Cliff Bruner was a fiddler and band leader of his Texas Wanderers. He was influential in the development of the western swing sound of the 1930s along with other artists such as Bob Wills. Bruner was born in Texas City, Texas in 1915 and spent his life playing gigs around Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur. It Makes No Difference Now spent 20 weeks on top of the Billboard Country Music chart~Decca 46011A, September 13, 1938, Houston

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  • Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers - Sittin on the Moon

    2:43

    Decca 5619.

  • Cliff Bruner & his Texas Wanderers I Was A Gambler In Texas

    2:56

    I do not own the copyright to this recording. This video is for historical and educational purposes only.

    Composed by Ruth S. Bennett

    Cliff Bruner:Fiddle

    His Texas Wanderers:

    Robert Bobby Lane:Vocals

    Lee Bell:Guitar

    Other musicians unknown

    Recorded at the ACA Studio 5222 Washington Ave., Houston, TX. May, 1950

    Originally issued on the 1950 single (Ayo 109) (78 RPM)

    This recording taken from the 2004 4-album set Stompin' Singers & Western Swingers (Proper 83) (CD) (U.K.)

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  • Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers - The Right Key 1937

    2:52

    The Right Key (But The Wrong Keyhole) by Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers is our selection today. The tune was recorded in San Antonio on Feb. 5, 1937.

  • Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers - Ill Keep on Loving You

    3:04

    Noticed this one hasn't been uploaded to Youtube yet - unfortunately my current copy must have been a jukebox copy, because this side is very worn while the other side (Over Moonlight Waters) is nearly pristine.

  • Link Davis & Cliff Bruner And His Texas Wanderers - San Antonio Blues

    2:49

    40s Hillbilly - Western Swing - AYO Records B103-SA (1949)
    Cliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers with Link Davis (vocal & fiddle)

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  • Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers - Over Moonlit Waters

    2:51

  • Cliff Bruner And His Texas Wanderers

    3:44

    Kangaroo Blues. Great blues from one of the best Western Swing bands of the 1930's.

  • Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers - It Makes No Difference Now

    2:51

    Decca 5604, September 1938

  • CLIFF BRUNER And His Texas Wanderers Ouch Vcl RUSTY McDONALD AYO 1949

    2:45

    CLIFF BRUNER And His Texas Wanderers Ouch Vcl RUSTY McDONALD AYO 1949

  • Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers I Hate to Lose You

    2:56

    From 1938 here's the B-side to It Makes No Difference Now. This features some early singing and piano playing by Moon Mullican. This is a little noisy, but the music comes through.

  • Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers - Ease My Worried Mind

    3:09

    Decca 64502

  • Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers It Makes No Difference Now

    2:49

    A country standard recorded in 1938 by Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers, written by Floyd Tillman.

  • Cliff Bruner & His Boys Take Me Back Again

    3:00

    all tracks 78rpm

  • Cliff Bruner and His Boys Ten Pretty Girls on Decca 5824

    2:56

    Cliff Bruner and His Boys Ten Pretty Girls on Decca 5824 (1939)

  • Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers - Draggin The Bow

    2:28

    Decca 64507

  • Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers - When Youre Smiling

    2:42

    More info at

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  • KANGAROO BLUES on DECCA 5624 by CLIFF BRUNERS TEXAS WANDERERS

    2:55

    CLIFF BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS on DECCA 5624 do KANGAROO BLUES from September 1938 in SAN ANTONIO TEXAS with MOON MULLICAN on piano and vocal.
    Great country western swing from Texas.

  • Cliff Bruner and his Boys - I Hate To Lose You

    2:55

    Western Swing, Country Music, Blue, jazz, swing

  • Cliff Bruner & His Boys Singin The Low Down Blues Down Low

    2:31

    Rare Western Swing recordings from the late 1920's to the early 1940's.
    All tracks 78rpm
    Due to the age and condition of some of these recordings, the use of headphones is recommended.

  • Cliff Bruner and His Boys Because on Decca 5819 August 26, 1939

    2:25

    Cliff Bruner and His Boys Because on Decca 5819 (Dickie McBride
    is vocalist) August 26, 1939

    Song written by Ted Daffan.

    Recorded at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas.

    This is one of the best western swing bands.

    Here are musicians heard on Cliff Bruner records from this era: Cliff Bruner on fiddle; possibly J.R. Chatwell on fiddle; Bob Dunn on electric steel guitar; Aubrey Moon Mullican on piano (some vocals); Johnny Thames on tenor rhythm banjo; possibly Dickie McBride on guitar (and some vocals); Hezzie Bryant on string bass, Randall Red Raley (guitar), Leo Raley (mandolin), Johnny Thames (banjo).

    The musicians known as Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers were a link between swing and honky tonk.

    Cliff Bruners and His Boys were the first to record a truck driving anthem, Truck Driver's Blues (written by Ted Daffan). The year was 1939.

    Cliff Bruner said during an interview, When I left Milt Brown, I hired Moon as my piano man. He developed his style--he'd call it 'three finger style.' He didn't play very good when I hired him, but he developed into a fine piano man, terrific showman. Later on, he and I had a band together for a few years, called it Cliff Bruner, Moon Mullican and the Show Boys.

    The wartime ban on records cut into the musicians' income as recording artists, and they relied more on live performances.




    Cliff Bruner and His Boys Because on Decca 5819 (Dickie McBride is vocalist) August 26, 1939

  • 1887 Cliff Bruner - Draft Board Blues

    2:43

    Today we feature Cliff Bruner's group and their 1941 recording of Draft Board Blues. There is some excellent pickin' on this tune co-written by Bruner and Moon Mullican. THE WESTERNER

  • Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers I Hate to Lose You 78 rpm

    2:55

    Decca Records #5604-B; September, 1938.

  • Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers It Makes No Difference Now 78 rpm

    2:50

    Decca Records #5604-A; September, 1938.

  • Im Tired Of You Cliff Bruner and His Boys Decca 5725 = Ted Daffan song

    2:49

    I'm Tired Of You Cliff Bruner and His Boys (1939) Decca 5725 = Ted Daffan song

    This is one of the best western swing bands.

    Here are musicians heard on Cliff Bruner records from this era: Cliff Bruner on fiddle; possibly J.R. Chatwell on fiddle; Bob Dunn on electric steel guitar; Aubrey Moon Mullican on piano (some vocals); Johnny Thames on tenor rhythm banjo; possibly Dickie McBride on guitar (and some vocals); Hezzie Bryant on string bass, Randall Red Raley (guitar), Leo Raley (mandolin), Johnny Thames (banjo).

    The musicians known as Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers were a link between swing and honky tonk.

    Cliff Bruners and His Boys were the first to record a truck driving anthem, Truck Driver's Blues (written by Ted Daffan). The year was 1939.

    Cliff Bruner said during an interview, When I left Milt Brown, I hired Moon as my piano man. He developed his style--he'd call it 'three finger style.' He didn't play very good when I hired him, but he developed into a fine piano man, terrific showman. Later on, he and I had a band together for a few years, called it Cliff Bruner, Moon Mullican and the Show Boys.

    The wartime ban on records cut into the musicians' income as recording artists, and they relied more on live performances.




    I'm Tired Of You Cliff Bruner and His Boys (1939) Decca 5725 = Ted Daffan song

  • cliff bruners texas wanderers - when youre smiling

    2:53

    fantastic western swing!

  • One Sweet Letter from You - Cliff Bruner

    2:40

    Western Swing Classics, Vol. 4 available from iTunes @

  • Truck Drivers Blues

    2:57

    Provided to YouTube by Believe SAS

    Truck Driver's Blues · Cliff Bruner · Ted Daffan · Ted Daffan

    Country & Western: Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me

    ℗ Quimbaya Entretenimiento S.A.S.

    Released on: 2017-09-27

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • TEXAS WANDERERS Where The Morning Glories Grow DECCA 1940

    2:57

    TEXAS WANDERERS Where The Morning Glories Grow DECCA 1940

  • Laura Lee & Dickie Mcbride With The Ranch Hands - I Love You Boogie

    2:29

    Dickie McBride started his western swing career with Cliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers then in 1939 formed Dickie Mcbride & The Village Boys. The Village Boys then broke up in 1943. McBride continued playing and recording on into the 60s with bands like the Music Macs, and the Ranch Hands. In 1946 McBride married western swing legend Laura Lee Owens who he also recorded with. Here's a link to a great CD by B.A.C.M that covers his career from the 30s through the 50s;

  • Quebe Sisters Band @ Stan Rogers Folk Festival 2007

    2:27

    QSB plays the popular Texas tune Jesse Polka, which originally derived from a Mexican song called Jesusita en Chihuahua. It's popularity in Texas is widely credited from its being played in 1938 on by Cliff Bruner and the Texas Wanderers, a Texas Swing band that, although they did not tour much outside of Texas, was nevertheless an influential regional band.

  • Cliff Bruner and His Boys Its All Over Now Decca 5785 song by Lew Porter & Johnny Lange

    2:46

    Cliff Bruner and His Boys It's All Over Now Decca 5785 (1939) song by Lew Porter & Johnny Lange

    This is one of the best western swing bands.

    Thomas Hennessey sent the observation that this was recorded on September 1, 1939. That's right--the same day Hitler invaded Poland and started World War II!

    Recorded at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas, on Sept.1, 1939.

    Here are the likely musicians: Cliff Bruner on fiddle; possibly J.R. Chatwell on fiddle; Bob Dunn on electric steel guitar; Moon Mullican on piano (he provides vocal, too); Johnny Thames on tenor rhythm banjo; possibly Dickie McBride on guitar; Hezzie Bryant on string bass.

    Bruner and Chatwell (as a singer) made comebacks with the Texas Swing Pioneers in the 1970s with TV appearances and recordings some of which show up on this medium.

    This is one of the best western swing bands.

    Here are musicians heard on other Cliff Bruner records from this era: Cliff Bruner on fiddle; possibly J.R. Chatwell on fiddle; Bob Dunn on electric steel guitar; Aubrey Moon Mullican on piano (some vocals); Johnny Thames on tenor rhythm banjo; possibly Dickie McBride on guitar (and some vocals); Hezzie Bryant on string bass, Randall Red Raley (guitar), Leo Raley (mandolin), Johnny Thames (banjo).

    The musicians known as Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers were a link between swing and honky tonk.

    Cliff Bruners and His Boys were the first to record a truck driving anthem, Truck Driver's Blues (written by Ted Daffan). The year was 1939.

    Cliff Bruner said during an interview, When I left Milt Brown, I hired Moon as my piano man. He developed his style--he'd call it 'three finger style.' He didn't play very good when I hired him, but he developed into a fine piano man, terrific showman. Later on, he and I had a band together for a few years, called it Cliff Bruner, Moon Mullican and the Show Boys.

    The wartime ban on records cut into the musicians' income as recording artists, and they relied more on live performances.





    Cliff Bruner and His Boys It's All Over Now Decca 5785 (1939) song by Lew Porter & Johnny Lange

  • unfaithful one / Leon Payne 1955

    2:35

    A tune I've enjoyed by several different artists, including the original version done in 1949 by Cliff Bruner & his Texas Wanderer's.. Cliff Bruner & Lessie Lyle are the two authors that wrote it.. Lessie was a Lady credited with writing over 200 songs in her career, and still found time to raise 12 Children.. There is a picture of each composer on the video.. Leon Payne recorded this one in the mid 50's, & a pleasure it always is to hear him.. An amazing artist he was, some may say he was crippled by being Blind, but not so for Leon Payne.. Thank you Folks, and do enjoy it..!!!

  • When Youre Smiling

    2:41

    Provided to YouTube by Believe SAS

    When You're Smiling · Cliff Bruner

    Good Old Country Songs, Pt.1

    ℗ Railroad

    Released on: 2014-05-14

    Music Publisher: D.R
    Composer: Fisher
    Composer: Goodwin
    Composer: Shay

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Draggin The Bow - Fiddle Tune a Day - Day 110

    3:08

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    WOW! Another crazy time trying to find out the history of a tune. Who would have thought that a tune like Draggin' the Bow was so poorly documented online. Just finding the author was a crazy chore. As it turns out Curt Massey wrote the tune, but I couldn't find the exact date. I did find that it was recorded in the mid 30's (between 34 and 36). Other than that, there are lots of people who have recorded it since.

    I also found this little bit of history about Curt Massey that you might find interesting.

    And, I think it's a really fun tune to play.



    Draggin' the Bow according to Fiddler's Companion
    DRAGGIN' THE BOW. AKA‑ Drag That Fiddle. American, Breakdown. A Major. Standard tuning. One part (Brody, Phillips); ABB (Christeson). Widely known in a variety of genres and styles: western swing, Canadian, bluegrass, cajun, old‑timey. Sources for notated versions: Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers (Texas) [Brody], Cecil Brower and Cliff Bruner (Texas) [Phillips], Red Williams (Dallas, Texas) [Christeson]. Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; pg. 90. R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; pgs. 173‑176. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; pg. 44. Adelphi 2002, Hickory Wind‑ At the Wednesday Night Waltz. Condor 977‑1489, Graham and Eleanor Townsend Live atBarre, Vermont. Gusto 104, Harry Choates‑ 30 Fiddler's Greatest Hits (appears as 'Drag That Fiddle'). June Appal 030, Marion Sumner‑ Road To Home. MSOTFA 007, Charlie Walden - Draggin' the Bow (1985). Rebel 1552, Buck Ryan‑ Draggin' the Bow. String 801, Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers‑ Beer Parlor Jive. Voyager 309, Benny and Jerry Thomasson‑ The Weiser Reunion: a Jam Session (1993).

  • Cliff Bruner and His Boys Tequila Rag

    3:02

    Cliff Bruner and His Boys Tequila Rag (1941) Decca 5953

    This is one of the best western swing bands.

    Here are musicians heard on Cliff Bruner records from this era: Cliff Bruner on fiddle; possibly J.R. Chatwell on fiddle; Bob Dunn on electric steel guitar; Aubrey Moon Mullican on piano (some vocals); Johnny Thames on tenor rhythm banjo; possibly Dickie McBride on guitar (and some vocals); Hezzie Bryant on string bass, Randall Red Raley (guitar), Leo Raley (mandolin), Johnny Thames (banjo).

    The musicians known as Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers were a link between swing and honky tonk.

    Cliff Bruners and His Boys were the first to record a truck driving anthem, Truck Driver's Blues (written by Ted Daffan). The year was 1939.

    Cliff Bruner said during an interview, When I left Milt Brown, I hired Moon as my piano man. He developed his style--he'd call it 'three finger style.' He didn't play very good when I hired him, but he developed into a fine piano man, terrific showman. Later on, he and I had a band together for a few years, called it Cliff Bruner, Moon Mullican and the Show Boys.

    The wartime ban on records cut into the musicians' income as recording artists, and they relied more on live performances.






    Cliff Bruner and His Boys Tequila Rag (1941) one of the best western swing bands (Moon Mullican)

  • Cliff Bruner and his Boys Singin The Low Down Blues Down Low

    2:34

    Western Swing, Country Music, Blue, jazz, swing

  • When Youre Smiling

    2:41

    Provided to YouTube by recordJet

    When You're Smiling · Cliff Bruner

    Country - Wild West Music Vol.2

    ℗ 2012 Mocking Bird

    Released on: 2012-09-21

    Composer: Fisher
    Composer: Goodwin
    Composer: Shay
    Composer: Fisher
    Composer: Goodwin
    Composer: Shay

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  • Jimmie Davis - It Makes No Difference Now .

    2:59

    (Written by Floyd Tillman).
    1st. Recorded 13 September 1938
    by Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers

    Issued on Decca 5620 A.
    Also Recorded 1959 and 1978

    Recorded 6 November 1938 Los Angeles, CA - Jimmie Davis [vcl solo], Rudy Sooter [gt], Jack Hogg [el steel gt], Lloyd Perryman [bass], Frank Liddel [fiddle].

    Born James Houston Davis in Beech Springs,Louisiana. (1899 - 2000)

    Served Two Terms as Governor of Louisiana

    Recorded From 1928 to 1999

    Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame 1971
    Country Music Hall of Fame 1972
    Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1997
    Louisiana Music Hall of Fame 2008

  • 1356 Cliff Bruner - Singin The Low Down Blues Down Low

    2:32

    Our selection today is Cliff Bruner - Singin' The Low Down Blues Down Low. The tune was recorded in Houston on Sept. 1, 1939. In addition to Bruner, in the studio that day was J.R. Chatwell f, Bob Dunn sg, Russel Bryant b and Moon Mullican on p and doing the vocal. The Westerner

  • Cliff Bruner at Shelly Lee Alley Tribute

    3:28

    Cliff Bruner at Shelly Lee Alley Tribute

  • Moon Mullican - Mona Lisa

    2:51

    US C&W Charts No. 4 (26.08.1950) 11 Weeks


    Aubrey Wilson Mullican (March 29, 1909 – January 1, 1967), known professionally as Moon Mullican and nicknamed King of the Hillbilly Piano Players, was an American country and western singer, songwriter, and pianist. He was associated with the hillbilly boogie style which greatly influenced rockabilly. Jerry Lee Lewis cited him as a major influence on his own singing and piano playing.

    Mullican once stated, We gotta play music that'll make them goddamn beer bottles bounce on the table.
    Mullican was born to Oscar Luther Mullican (1876–1961) and his first wife, Virginia Jordan Mullican (1880–1915), near Corrigan, Polk County, Texas. They were a farming family of Scottish, Irish and Eastern European ancestry. His Scots-Irish immigrant ancestor, James Mullikin, was born in Scotland, arriving in Maryland, United States in the 1630s from Northern Ireland. His paternal grandfather was Pvt. Wilson G. Mullican, who served in the 6th Mississippi Infantry, Confederate States Army, at the Battle of Shiloh. Mullican's parents, stepmother, and grandparents are all buried in Stryker Cemetery, Polk County, Texas.
    As a child, Mullican began playing the organ, which his religious father had purchased in order to better sing hymns at church. However, Moon made friends with Joe Jones, a black sharecropper on the family farm, who introduced him to the country blues. Moon's parents did not always approve, and he was torn between both genres of religious music and secular music. After making his mark as a local piano player, Mullican left home at age 16, going to Houston, where he played piano and sang in local clubs. His early career choice had been either to be a singer or a preacher, and he decided on music.

    By the 1930s, Mullican had acquired his nickname Moon. Published sources suggest it is short for moonshine or possibly from his all-night performances; his family says it was because he loved to play Shoot the Moon, a variation of the dominoes game 42.


    His earliest influences were popular blues artists of the day such as Bessie Smith, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leroy Carr, together with country musicians including Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills.[2] In 1936, he covered Cab Calloway's Georgia Pine and also sang his own compositions Ain't You Kinda Sorry and Swing Baby Swing for Leon Selph's Western swing band, The Blue Ridge Playboys. He played and recorded with Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers, the Sunshine Boys, and Jimmie Davis. By the end of the 1930s, he had become a popular vocalist with a warm, deep, vocal delivery. Mullican frequently met up with another pianist, Black Boy Shine, when performing around Houston. Combining nicknames, for a short time in the 1930s, they performed as a duo called Moonshine.

    In the early 1940s, he returned to the Texas Wanderers as lead singer and pianist, sang on the hits Truck Driver's Blues and I'll Keep On Loving You. However, after leaving the Texas Wanderers in 1942, he became a session musician playing on the songs of Floyd Tillman, Ernest Tubb, and Red Foley.
    In 1945 he put together his own band, The Showboys, who quickly became one of the most popular outfits in the Texas-Louisiana area with a mix of country music, Western swing, Cajun music, and Mullican's wild piano playing and singing. Although their style was highly eclectic and included country ballads, some of their music clearly foreshadowed what would later be called rock and roll. In September 1946, Mullican cut 16 recordings as band leader, for King Records in Cincinnati. His first release, The Lonesome Hearted Blues b/w It's a Sin to Love You Like I Do sold quite well, but did not chart. His second release, New Jole Blon in December 1946 (later recorded by Doug Kershaw), gained him even larger recognition by reaching number 2 on the Country and Western charts. Jole Blon was the beginning of a long string of big hits. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1951.

    Mullican was one of the highest-selling artists coming from King Records. Though not a major chart success, he was immensely popular in the southeastern United States with records such as The Leaves Mustn't Fall, Hey Shah, You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry, Nine Tenths of the Tennessee River, and I Was Sorta Wonderin'.

    In the mid-1950s, many artists, such as Lefty Frizzell and George Jones experimented with rock 'n' roll largely due to the decline of traditional country-and-western in the mid-1950s. Mullican's success also declined during this time, and so he recorded four rock sides with Boyd Bennett and His Rockets, including the classic Seven Nights to Rock. However, both singles failed miserably. Before he signed to Coral in 1958, he had three other hits with King, including Hey Shah.

  • Cliff Bruner and his Boys Take Me Back Again

    3:03

    Western Swing, Country Music, Blue, jazz, swing

  • CLIFF BRUNER - LITTLE WHITE LIES

    2:51

    CLIFF BRUNER And His Boys
    DECCA 5753B (66356)
    EMG MarkXa thorn needle 
    ( Gramophone Club of Kansai , 0SAKA, JAPAN )
    関西蓄音機倶楽部

  • When Youre Smiling

    2:42

    Provided to YouTube by Believe SAS

    When You're Smiling · Cliff Bruner

    Country Music Legends: The Classics, Vol. 3

    ℗ Puzzle Productions

    Released on: 2012-10-01

    Author: Fisher
    Composer: Fisher
    Music Publisher: D.R

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  • When Youre Smiling

    2:44

    Provided to YouTube by IIP-DDS

    When You're Smiling · Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers

    If You Want Me To

    ℗ TRASS MEDIA INC.

    Released on: 2020-08-20

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Corrine Corrina - Cliff Bruner

    3:16

    Western Swing Classics, Vol. 1 available from iTunes @

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