“New Spanish Two Step”

Song by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Form
Western swing

Writer(s)
Traditional

Lyricist(s)
Bob Wills/Tommy Duncan

Language
English

“New Spanish Two Step” is a Western swing standard based on a traditional fiddle tune, “Spanish Two Step,”[1] which was one of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys signature songs. Wills and his vocalist, Tommy Duncan, added lyrics to reflect the title:

I told her I had to go,
Left her down in Mexico,
The band played ‘Spanish Two-Step’ soft and low.

“New Spanish Two Step” became one of the Playboys’ greatest hits. It was first recorded by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (Columbia 36966) in 1946, staying on the charts for 23 weeks and reaching #1.[2] The “b” side, “Roly Poly”, was also a big hit, reaching #3.
References[edit]

^ McWhorter, Cowboy Fiddler, p. 59-60: “Bob said, ‘He played ‘The Spanish Two-Step’ and I locked the door where he couldn’t get out and nobody else could get in, and I made him stay there until he taught me that and ‘Maiden’s Prayer.’ Finally he nodded. I didn’t know whether he needed to go to the bathroom or if I was doing it right, bit I let him out.’ That Mexican taught him those two tunes.”
^ Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p. 392.

Bibliography[edit]

McWhorter, Frankie. Cowboy Fiddler in Bob Wills’ Band. University of North Texas Press, 1997. ISBN 1-57441-025-3

Preceded by
“Guitar Polka” by Al Dexter
Most Played Juke Box Folk Records
number one single by Bob Wills
May 18, 1946
Succeeded by
“Guitar Polka” by Al Dexter
“Wine Women and Song” by Al Dexter

Preceded by
none
Billboard Most Played Juke Box Folk Records
number-one single of the year
1946
Succeeded by
“Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)”
by Tex Williams

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