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Swing, Strings and Song: A Collection from the Light Crust Doughboys

636 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051
Phone: 817-410-3185

Featuring rare photos and memorabilia, the exhibit highlights The Light Crust Doughboys’ colorful history and the various eras of the longest-running band in the history of recorded music. The Light Crust Doughboys are one of the most successful bands ever to originate from Tarrant County.
Credited for being the inventors of Western Swing music and launching the careers of Western Swing pioneers Bob Wills and Milton Brown, the most recent version of The Light Crust Doughboys continue to tour and serve as the State of Texas’ Official Music Ambassadors. The exhibit highlights more than three-quarters of a century of music. Artifacts associated with the band’s first boss man, W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel, are also showcased. In the late 1930s, “Pappy” used The Doughboys’ popularity to help him become the 34th Governor of Texas and then again in the early 1940s to become a United States Senator from Texas.
Also well-represented in the exhibit is the 66-year band tenure of Doughboy Marvin “Smokey” Montgomery and the modern, silver-age-era of The Light Crust Doughboys, during which time the group won a Grammy Award and received eight Grammy Award Nominations.

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