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Tex Ritter

Singing cowboy Tex Ritter stood as one of the biggest names in country music throughout the postwar era, thanks to a diverse career that led him everywhere from the Broadway stage to the political arena. He was born Maurice Woodward Ritter in Marvaul, TX, on January 12, 1907, and grew up on a ranch in Beaumont. After graduating at the top of his high school class, he majored in law at the University of Texas. During college, however, he was bitten by the acting bug and moved to New York in 1928 to join a theatrical troupe. After a few years of struggle, he briefly returned to school, only to leave again to pursue stardom.

Ritter was playing cowboy songs on the radio when he returned to New York in 1931 to act in the Broadway production Green Grow the Lilacs; during scene changes, he also performed on his guitar. Thanks to his success on the stage, he began hosting radio programs like Tex Ritter's Campfire and Cowboy Tom's Roundup before entering the studio with producer Art Satherley in 1933, where his deep, lived-in voice graced songs like "Rye Whiskey." He caught the attention of Hollywood producer Edward Finney, who was searching for a cowboy singer in the mold of the highly successful Gene Autry and was tapped to star in the 1936 Western Song of the Gringo. Over the next two years, Ritter starred in a dozen films, including 1937's Trouble in Texas (co-starring a young Rita Hayworth), before Finney's studio, Grand National Pictures, folded. Ritter then switched to Monogram Studios, for whom he made some 20 Westerns, including 1940's Take Me Back to Oklahoma with co-star Bob Wills; work at Columbia and Universal followed, and by the time of his movie swan song, 1945's The Texas Rangers, he had appeared in a total of 85 films.

As Ritter's Hollywood career went into decline, his music career began to blossom, and in 1942, he became the first country artist signed to Capitol Records, where he recorded everything from traditional folk tunes to patriotic material to sentimental songs. In 1944, Tex Ritter & His Texans topped the charts with the single "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You." The record's flip side, "There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder," peaked at number two, as did the follow-up "Jealous Heart." 1945's "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often" proved to be Ritter's greatest success, holding at number one for 11 consecutive weeks. Among his other successes in the 1940s were 1945's number one "You Will Have to Pay," 1948's "Rock and Rye," and 1950's "Daddy's Last Letter (Private First Class John H. McCormick)," based on the actual correspondence of a soldier slain during the Korean War.

Ritter recorded the theme to the Fred Zinneman classic High Noon in 1953, and the resulting single proved extremely successful with pop audiences, helping win him the job as the MC of the television program Town Hall Party, which he hosted between 1953 and 1960. In 1958, he issued his first full-length LP, Songs From the Western Screen, followed the next year by Psalms. After leaving Town Hall Party, he released the LP Blood on the Saddle, a dark collection of cowboy narrative songs, and in 1961, he returned to the country charts after an 11-year absence with the Top Five hit "I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven." In 1963 Ritter began a two-year tenure as the president of the Country Music Association, and in 1965 he moved to Nashville to join the Grand Ole Opry. After an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 1970, Ritter died of a heart attack on January 2, 1974; his son John Ritter carried on the family name as a popular actor in TV sitcoms like Three's Company and Hooperman. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Comments

I'm 70 and I grew up on Tex. What I don't see mentioned In his bio is the children's albums he produced. His deep beautiful voice still sends chills up and down my spine. John Ritter, I don't need to tell you that your ole Pa was numero uno.
this is the kind of music I grew up with and as far as I am concerned it is the only country music the new stuff is jest noise.
lektrikbass
Tex came to Hawaii when Hillbilly Heaven was a big hit for him. He hired the band I was playing with to back him on his tour of about ten days & 20 plus performances . My short association with Tex Ritter was one of complete harmony. He was polite to everyone, as only a few of his popularity I have played for have been since that time. I have known a few.
Love Tex Ritter since I was young
robertcurtsi n g e r
If aint old country it aint music . and this is music Bob C>
sweet
ratfink693
Wonderful memories
great cowboy.
mariongttmnn
Poetry Log on to: WWW.POETRPOE M . C O M / P O E T R Y 3 8 7 8
mariongttmnn
Mr. Ritter was in a class on his own never produced anything that wasn't good an always with the Tex Ritter sound he never let his viewers down,

Wish I had his talents, though I don't have his talent we have written some heart felt Poetry if you have a chance open my little site at:

WWW.POETRYPO E M > C O M / P O E T R Y 3 8 7 8
True Americana music. Pure, acoustical with lyrics of the people. covers reality of daily lives.
jimmie rodgers the best
nothing like it
this guy another great one. Was on stage in Panama city, Fla. with Tex, I was just a kid 1945. Again in 1971 at the Sliver Dollar Salon in Las vegas, Nv. He signed an album for Barb & I. Thom Phillips
Love a man sounding like a man, don't you? And too bad harmony is a thing of the past.
I love all classic country music. To bad the kids today dont understand real music.
This is one of the all time greats. I love them all but so many of the kids today don't understand the real County Music.
Robert H. S.
There is a new moon over my shoulder.(No w 75.)Was my favorit.
gharris24
teneha timpson bobo and blair
Tex was one of the best when I was a kid. (74 now) My favorite song by Tex has always been Rye Whiskey and still is but nobody's played it for me yet on this station. I keep asking.
glennclark
I love to hear the old western songs with Tex, Roy, Gene and all the old cowboy stars. It's a shame that we don' have that kind of entertainmen t today.
Glenn Clark, Louisville, Ky.
TEX RITTER WILL NEVER BE MISSED,MORE MUSIC FROM HIM
I not only like to hear him sing also love his old moyies. Kept playing this type of music
cdvm13
I liked him all my life. I am 70 years old and I haven't heard the deck of cards since 1986 when my home was flooded.Ruin e d all of my 33 1/3 and 45 records. I would like to here it some more but i can't fine it anywhere. If you would Please


yours, Carl Moran
topten
They just don't make quality music like they used to! I really love listening to the cowboy-songs , and it makes me think that I'm living back in that time.
Pandora is the best there is! Real cowboy music.So sorry most of the best are not with us anymore. M.Leber
tonyandmary
good porch-sittin ' music
rbridges11
Last time I saw boweval he was sitting on the stair next time I saw boweval he had his hole family thier Looking for a Home Rye Whiskey bringsback old memoriies
Has anyone ever heard of a song with the lyrics (or possibly the name was)Drifty, shifting, Texas, sand. It had something like I went to the river to water my horse... Tex Ritter may have sang this song but I don't know for sure. My dad use to sing it to us on road trips
HELLO, WHAT WAS TEX'S HORSE NAME * DID HE HAVE A SIDE KICK ? TO OLD TO REMEBER. I'M OLD AS DIRT,TO YOUR ANSWER. SOMEONE JUST TOLD ME ,FLASH. TEXMOEMAN ,DOYOU REMEMBER WEBB A.F.B. BIG SPRINGS TX . STAMPEDE CLUB, HALL NIX'S BIG BALLS IN COWTOWN..... B A T T L E OF THE BANDS???
I could set 24/7 and listen to Tex , music....
texmoeman
When I was in the USAF at Dyess AFB in Abilene tx, I went to San Angelo one week end in 1958 Old Tex Ritter was playing the Cotton Club just outside the city this was just before he was to go to NASHVILLE TN he was a good person he would come to our table and talk to fly boys for an hour or so a very good man, he thanked us for our service.Now he sings for GOD
sassyjan
real good
these are the songs I remember hearing when i was a kid in the 50's.
PANDORA is the BEST for listening to classic country..... luv it!
this is what real music is
only one word for Tex's music, AWESOME
old farm boy in the buckeye. this is music, not the junk the younger generation call music today.
I just love this old music. This is REAL country music.

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