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Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys ‎– Roly Poly

Was first recorded by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys in 1946, staying on the charts for 18 weeks and reaching number three.

Is a humorous Western swing standard written by Fred Rose in 1946. In the song, Roly Poly is a very active boy who eats continuously to keep his strength up. Each verse ends with:

Roly Poly, daddy’s little fatty,

Bet he’s gonna be a man someday.

 

“Roly Poly” was first recorded by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys in 1946, staying on the charts for 18 weeks and reaching number three.

 

It has been recorded by many Western swing bands since. Notable renditions have been recorded by fellow Texans, country crooners Jim Reeves and Ray Price. Asleep at the Wheel featuring the Dixie Chicks covered the song in 2000. The version was not a single, but charted as an album cut peaking at number 65.

 Fred Rose composed “Roly Poly” and Gene Autry, as well as Bob Wills, had hit records with it. Autry and Rose were good friends, and Fred and his wife, often were dinner guests at Gene’s house, along with Ray Whitley and Johnny Marvin and their wives. Later, Rose moved to Nashville and became an important figure in the music scene there, joining Roy Acuff in the establishment of Acuff-Rose, a major music publishing company. Along with Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams, Fred Rose (who also used the pseudonym, Floyd Jenkins) was one of the first inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Some Versions:

 

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 1946

Sons of the Pioneers 1957

George Jones December 1962

Merle Haggard and The Strangers November 16, 1970

Byron Berline 1995

Asleep at the Wheel August 10, 1999

The Quebe Sisters Band September 25, 2007

Kristyn Harris 2010

Swinging Hayriders 2012

 

Miquel Batlle Garriga
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Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys ‎– Roly Poly Lyrics

 

Roly Poly, eatin’ corn and taters

Hungry every minute of the day

Roly poly, gnawin’ on a biscuit

Long as he can chew it it’s okay

He can eat an apple pie

And never bat an eye

He likes everything from soup to hay

Roly Poly, daddy’s little fatty

Bet he’s gonna be a man someday

 

Roly Poly, scrambled eggs for breakfast

Bread and jelly 20 times a day

Roly Poly, eats a hearty dinner

It takes lots of strength to run and play

Pulls up weeds and does the chores

Runs both ways top all the stores

He works up an appetite that way

Roly Poly, daddy’s little fatty

Bet he’s gonna be a man someday



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