NEW SAN ANTONIO ROSE
San Antonio Rose”/”New San Antonio Rose” was the signature song of Bob Wills and
His Texas Playboys. “San Antonio Rose” was an instrumental song written by Bob Wills,
who first recorded it with the Playboys in 1938. The song is written in the first person
with the “Rose of” San Antone being the gentleman’s lost love. The song, both the music
and lyrics, reflects the Mexican influence Bob Wills found growing up in the Southwest.
Wills developed the melody of the original “San Antonio Rose” itself from a traditional
tune, “Spanish Two Step“, by the playing the bridge in reverse. “New San Antonio Rose”
ruffled the feathers of Southern country music moguls when Wills and the Playboys
performed it with horns and a drum at the Grand Ole Opry on December 30, 1944. The
song has been recorded by many artists in several genres. It lends its name to San
Antonio Rose Palace in San Antonio, Texas.