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Junior or Joke?

Bob Wills' family disowns the man claiming to be the prince of Western swing

It's unlikely that anyone will ever turn up proof proving conclusively that Wills Jr. is or isn't who he claims to be; after all, it's almost impossible to prove a negative, reminds Wills' estate attorney Jeff Storie. But Diane Malone and the rest of the Wills family, not to mention the rest of the surviving Texas Playboys, will never embrace Bob Wills Jr. as anything other than a liar.

"My father never wanted anyone of us to be musicians," Malone says. "He raised us not be musicians. He didn't like life on the road. It was hard, and didn't want us to do it. My father's choice was not really to be a musician. He would have been a barber or a rancher, but he happened to be able to make money and raise a big family playing music."

"Really, I think it's sad for him [Wills Jr.] that he had to make himself feel good by being something he's not.

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