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Birth Name: Sollie Paul Williams
Born: 1917/08/23
Birth Place: Ramsey, Illinois
Died: 1985/10/11
Years Active: 1946-1978
Genres: Western Swing, Country

Sollie Paul Williams (August 23, 1917-October 11, 1985), known professionally as Tex Williams, was an American Western swing musician from Ramsey, Illinois. He is best known for his talking blues style; his biggest hit was the novelty song, "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)", which held the number one position on the ''Billboard'' charts for six weeks in 1947. "Smoke" was the No. 5 song on ''Billboard's'' Top 100 list for 1947, and was No. 1 on the country chart that year. It can be heard during the opening scenes of the 2006 movie, ''Thank You for Smoking''. Williams' backing band, the Western Caravan, numbered about a dozen members. They attained an enviable level of fluid interplay... Continue Bio >>

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