Glenn Rhees

Born: July 28, 1924
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Died: March 28, 1996

Glenn started playing the sax in the seventh grade at age 12 in Jenning Oklahoma. He changed school in the eighth grade and played in the Oilton High School Band. He then moved to Tulsa and played in the Webster High School Band. While there, he performed on shows with fellow student Patti Page. Following his high school days, he gained experience in music playing with area band while working for oil exploration companies in Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming and Louisiana. He moved back to Tulsa after three years to make the music scene. From 1946 to 1948, he played with Art Davis and the Rhythm Riders. They played in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. Lucky Moeller heard Glenn and offered him a job with the Western Okies. When Lucky was hired as Bob Wills' manager, Glenn moved to New Mexico and played night clubs. In 1950, he moved back to Oklahoma City and joined Luke Wills Band the the Rhythm Busters at the Trianon. A year later Glenn moved to Lawton, Oklahoma. To join the Southernair while with this band he played with Lefty Frizzel, Tommy Duncon, Webb Pierce, Hank Williams and Tex Ritter, plus a host of other stars from Nashville. Four years later he moved back to Tulsa and went to work with Johnlee Wills. In 1957, Bob Wills was looking for a sax man, and Johnlee said Glenn was just the man for him. Glenn became a Texas Playboy for the next four years, he is on all of the Liberty recordings. In 1962, he went back to Johnlee Wills band. Glenn also had two Top 40 hits with Johnlee Wills, including "Blub Twist" and "Slush" in 1962.

Thanks to Glenn Rhees Jr. for the great bio on Glenn Rhees.



Instruments Played / Skills:
Saxophone

Genres:
Conventional Country Western Swing

Bands That Glenn Rhees Has Played For:
Texas Playboys, The (1960)

Glenn Rhees Has Worked With:
Lefty Frizzell Hank Williams Sr. Webb Pierce Tex Ritter Fred Carter Jim Belken
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