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Light Crust Doughboys. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

In the January 2013 issue of Texas Highways, writer Gene Fowler explores the history of the Light Crust Doughboys, which began in Fort Worth in 1931 when Burrus Mills hired some musicians to advertise their Light Crust Flour on the radio. In the course of his research, Gene visited with longtime bandmember Art Greenhaw about the group's long career.


Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith shares his favorite techniques for taking great pictures at a live performance.

Window on Texas, December 2012

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Conceived by Burrus Mill manager W. Lee O’Daniel as a way to advertise his flour in 1931, the Doughboys quickly became musical legends.

Texans of every age still belt out “Beautiful Texas,” the ’30s-vintage song written by the Light Crust Doughboys’ colorful sponsor, former Governor W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel. And “San Antonio Rose,” penned by the first Doughboy, the renowned Bob Wills, remains in many a shower tenor’s repertoire. But, to the longest playing Western Swing band anywhere, these two classics are simply two brushstrokes on the Doughboys’ seven-decade mural of Texas music.


The ghost of outrageous former Texas governor W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel is probably grinning with satisfaction at the thought that he's mentioned in two new books that have practically nothing to do with one another: "We're the Light Crust Doughboys From Burrus Mill": An Oral History by Jean A. Boyd (UT Press), and Dining at the Governor's Mansion by Carl R. McQueary (Texas A&M University Press).

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