News Conference Announcing $20,000 Grammy Foundation Award

WHO:   Carolyn Wills, daughter of Oklahoma artist Bob Wills, will announce the grant on behalf of the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Bob Wills Heritage Foundation. The Wills family recently donated the entire Bob Wills collection to the Oklahoma Historical Society.  The collection will be featured at OKPOP, a statewide pop culture museum planned for the Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa. 


Wills and the Texas Playboys had a repertoire of some 3,000 songs in more than 50 years in the music industry, including classics such as “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” “Faded Love,” and “San Antonio Rose.”  In 1935, KVOO and Tulsa became the voice of Western Swing, and the band made Cain’s Ballroom headquarters for their daily radio show. Wills became known as the “King of Western Swing.”


WHAT:    The $20,000 grant from the Grammy Foundation (one of only 12 grants in the nation) will fund the conversion of the Bob Wills Heritage Foundation collection of glass discs from the 1940’s. The collection contains around 600 hours of material from Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys that would otherwise be inaccessible, including reel-to-reel tapes that have already been digitized by OHS.


WHERE:   Oklahoma City Capitol 4th floor Rotunda,  2300 N. Lincoln Blvd,  Oklahoma City, OK 73105


WHEN:                 April 4, 2012, Bob Wills Day in Oklahoma

                                News conference featuring Carolyn Wills   1 pm

                                Musicians performing Wills’ music   9-11 am and 1:30-3 pm

                                Carolyn Wills speaks in the House Chamber   1:45 pm


WHY:                    Several items from the Bob Wills collection will be on display. Reporters who attend the news conference will receive a CD of digital photos and never-before-heard digital audio clips.




Susan Hardy Brooks



Project OKPOP supports the development of OKPOP, a statewide museum that will feature Oklahoma’s creative spirit and the state’s own OKPOP stars from music, movies, radio, television and literature. As the nation’s “crossroads of creativity,” Oklahoma is the best place to preserve our creative culture.