Lueders, Bobby W. (1940–2011)

By: Laurie E. Jasinski

Type: Biography

Published: May 26, 2015

Updated: June 17, 2020


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Bobby W. Lueders, western swing vocalist and bandleader, was born on January 26, 1940, in Muldoon, Texas. He was the son of Benno and Ova Lueders. He grew up in a musical family. His father, a fiddler, organized a family band; three older brothers—Alvin, Alton, and Bennie—played instruments. Bobby’s musical influences included Bob Wills, Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold, Elvis Presley, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, and Spade Cooley.

But perhaps his greatest inspiration came from his brother Bennie, twelve years his senior, who fronted his own band, the Western Rangers, during the late 1940s and into the 1950s in the Houston area. Bennie Lueders (known professionally as Bennie Leaders) had initially played bass fiddle with Jerry Irby and the Texas Rangers. Once Bennie branched out to lead his own outfit, he performed with such western swing music legends as Bob Dunn, Earl Carruthers, Eddie Hurd, and Herb Remington. Younger brother Bobby Lueders took an enthusiastic interest in the Western Rangers and occasionally performed with the band. As an adult, he worked in a career in law enforcement in the Houston area.

In the 1970s Bobby Lueders was fronting his own Bobby Lueders Band. Heralded for his smooth strong vocals, he performed country and western swing classics throughout the Central Texas area both at honky-tonks and on radio. Throughout his life, he also still occasionally performed with Bennie, and in the late 1990s and into the 2000s the brothers were a mainstay at the annual Smithville Opry.

The Bobby Lueders Band did not release an album of material until 2007, when they issued Still Swinging in Texas on his own label Bowstring Record Company. The recordings of western swing standards included the performances of band members Jimmie Grabowski on steel, Ray Tesmer on guitar and fiddle, “Skinny” Don Keeling on bass, Sherman Lindsey on drums, and Greg Rickard on piano. Lueders, based out of Bastrop, performed numerous shows and other social gatherings and fundraisers in the Austin area.
He died of lung cancer on November 7, 2011, at the age of seventy-one. Married six times, he was survived by his last wife Maureen, two daughters, and many stepchildren.

Austin American-Statesman, November 10, 2011. The Bobby Lueders Band (http://www.myspace.com/thebobbyluedersband), accessed November 10, 2011. Dorian De Wind, “Music Review: ‘Still Swinging In Texas’” (http://themoderatevoice.com/25328/music-review-still-swinging-in-texas/), accessed November 10, 2011. J. R. Gonzales, “Catching up with Bennie Lueders,” Bayou City History (http://blog.chron/bayoucityhistory/2009/11/catching-up-with-bennie-lueders/), accessed November 10, 2011. 

Categories:

  • Music
  • Genres (Country)

Time Periods:

  • Texas Post World War II

Places:

  • Houston
  • Upper Gulf Coast
  • East Texas

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