Leon McAuliffe was born right here in the great old city of Houston in 1917. He was perhaps the greatest steel guitar player of his generation, not only paving the way for the instrument during the early days of Texas Swing country, but setting an influence which would be later picked up by blues musicians. After playing with the Light Crust Doughboys, he joined Bob Wills band in 1936 at the age of 18. He would play with Wills up until WWII in 1942. Besides helping Wills compose “San Antonio Rose”, McAuliffe composed “Steel Guitar Rag” which is perhaps his legacy other than Wills’ calls of “Take It Away Leon”.
After the war, McAuliffe formed his own band and had some success. He also dedicated a good chunk of his life to teaching music as well as business and legal matters related to the industry. McAuliffe would pass in 1988 at the age of 71.
This record was released long after his WWII service in 1963 on none other than Capitol Records. Real good collection of songs that I like including “I Fall To Pieces”, “Walk On By”, and “From A Jack To A King”. No vocals but a lot of excellent steel guitar.
For a sample, I went with “I Love You Because” because I really liked the opening slide line.