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Leon McAuliffe

August 19, 1969 OH340 67 min.


Steel guitarist. Born January 3, 1917. Died August 20, 1988. Full name: William Leon McAuliffe. Member, Light Crust Doughboys, 1933-1935. In 1935 joined Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. Formed his own band after World War II. Hit recordings include “Steel Guitar Rag” (1946) and “Panhandle Rag” (1949). Member, Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.

Interview Summary

1969 August 19
(1 hour, 7 minutes)
Steel guitarist Leon McAuliffe gives an overview of his career. Discussion includes his childhood and early musical interests; the development of his interest in the steel guitar; his first job with the Swift Jewel Cowboys; joining the Light Crust Doughboys; joining Bob Wills; the story behind “Steel Guitar Rag”; organizing his own band after World War II; his experiences as a bandleader; the country music audience; his movie career while with Bob Wills; his military career; his experiences as a traveling performer and bandleader; the impact of an entertainment career on personal life; highlights from his career; investments outside of his musical career; changes in the music industry and the impact of television; and comments on the pioneers of country music.

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