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William H. Wright

LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM. The Light Crust Doughboys Hall of Fame and Museum, which opened for public viewing in Quitman, Texas, in late 2005, was built to commemorate the Light Crust Doughboys, one of the most influential and long-lasting bands of the western swing genre.

Bob Wills, Milton Brown, and Herman Arnspiger began performing on radio as the Light Crust Doughboys in 1931. The group derived its name from Light Crust Flour, produced by the radio program’s sponsor Burrus Mill and Elevator Company, and eventually included other members such as Clifton “Sleepy” Johnson, Clifford Gross, Marvin “Smokey” Montgomery, Leon Huff, Ramon DeArman, and Leon McAuliffe. The Light Crust Doughboys performed throughout the country, recorded hundreds of songs, and by the early 2000s were considered to be the longest-running country and western swing band in the world.

The Light Crust Doughboys Hall of Fame and Museum, which included a number of photographs, instruments, and other memorabilia, provided a detailed testament to the remarkable impact the group had on western swing over a period of eighty years. Exhibits included Smokey Montgomery’s piano, Art Greenhaw’s first professional electric guitar and acoustic guitar, and many important compositions. Several former members of the band attended the Hall of Fame and Museum’s official grand opening on December 3, 2005. The museum is located in Governor Jim Hogg City Park in Quitman and is a project of the Quitman Heritage Foundation. The museum was closed in 2011. 


Jean A. Boyd, “We’re the Light Crust Doughboys from Burrus Mill”: An Oral History (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003). John Mark Dempsey, The Light Crust Doughboys Are on the Air: Celebrating Seventy Years of Texas Music (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2002). “Light Crust Doughboys Hall of Fame and Museum,” Texas Musicians Museum (http://texasmusiciansmuseum.com/content/view/18/38/), accessed August 18, 2010. Wood County Democrat (Quitman, Texas), December 7, 2005. 

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Handbook of Texas Online, William H. Wright, "LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM," accessed July 10, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/lbl01.

Uploaded on May 26, 2015. Modified on July 14, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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