Here’s a 1999 article I wrote on legendary Western Swing musician and arranger Larry ‘Pedro’ DePaul for the Journal of Country Music back in 1999. He was the architect behind the sound of the great Spade Cooley and Tex Williams bands of the 1940s.

By the way, knucklehead that I am, I mistranscribed DePaul’s wife’s name in the article. It’s Evelyn, not Beverly. My apologies.

Larry Pedro DePaul Article

3 thoughts on “Larry 'Pedro' DePaul”

  1. Thanks, I have a copy of this in my family files. He was my father. He did not get any credit for many of his arrangements, but Spade Cooley did. He also did a stint with the Dorsey Brothers (3 months). He could have stayed on, but he did not want to be on the road. He passed away in Spokane, Washington in 1999. My mom passed away 2001.
    Larry “Butch”DePaul

    1. Hi Larry–

      Thanks for your note. I’m a great admirer of your father’s work, and enjoyed the conversations we had while I was working on the article. I am, however, embarrassed to have gotten your mother’s name wrong in the article. My apologies.

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