On May 20, 2006 vandals knocked down the famous Bob Wills that stood in front of the Lone Star Music Store in Gruene, Texas. The arm was broken off and now Bob is wearing a sling.
Carved by local artist and musician Doug Moreland, the 8 ft. statue was loved by the people of Gruene and visitors who came to get their picture taken with it.
Bob Wills was known as the King of Western Swing. He and the band, the Texas Playboys, made a name for themselves in 1940 with the release of what was to become their signature song, the New San Antonio Rose.
His career included being a popular radio star and host, a movie star and performing at the Grand Ole Opry. Bob Wills was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1968 and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
In 1973, Bob and the original Texas Playboys reunited to make a final record entitled For the Last Time. Bob Wills left this world on May 13, 1975. Bob’s style of music has influenced many musicians throughout the years and he is still loved by many today.
If you ever get the chance to visit to Gruene (it’s a wonderful place and you should really go!) be sure to stop by the Lone Star Music Store to see the statue of Bob Wills. Hopefully they will have it repaired!