On December 3, 1973, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys held a recording session at Sumet-Burnet Studio in Dallas, Texas. Wills, in weak health because of a 1969 stroke, conducted the Playboys band, a combination of old and new members, from a wheelchair. Because of his health he was unable to play or sing. He performed on only one song, a Cindy Walker composition that referred to Wills' trademark "ah-ha!" calls in songs, on which he did a recitation.
"What Makes Bob Holler" was the final song Bob Wills ever recorded. During the night he suffered a massive stroke and remained comatose until he died fifteen months later.