Tex Ritter

Real Name:
Maurice Woodward Ritter
Profile:
Born: January 12, 1905 in Marvaul, Tx - Died: January 2, 1974 in Nashville
American singer and actor; Woodward Maurice «Tex» Ritter played cowboy songs on the radio in New York in the first part of the 30s when a Hollywood producer discovered him. He appeared in a total of 85 films.

Short bio:
In late 1932 Tex cut a few records at the ARC Recording Studios in New York but his career only started the next year with 78rpm releases on various labels such as Banner, Conqueror, Columbia, Oriole, Perfect or Romeo. Also known as by "The Singin' Cowboy" Tex then signed on with Decca (1935-39) before he switched to Capitol Records for a long and successful career.
Ritter ended his life in Nashville, TN, were he was still recording a couple of weeks before he died of a heart attack.

Career :
- Early 30s; New York, acted in the Broadway production Green Grow the Lilacs. Then began hosting radio programs like Tex Ritter's Campfire and Cowboy Tom's Roundup. Began recordings with producer Art Satherley.
- Mid 30s : Ritter caught the attention of Hollywood producer Edward Finney, was tapped to star in the Western Song of the Gringo (1936); stared in Trouble in Texas (co-starring a young Rita Hayworth, 1937) and a dozen of films.
- Late 30s-early40s : made some 20 Westerns, including "Take Me Back to Oklahoma" with co-star Bob Wills, worked with Columbia and Universal
- 1942-1972, he became the first country artist signed to Capitol Records, and stayed 30 years with the company.

Tex on the tops :
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 #2. The follow-up "Jealous Heart." also made #2
1945 : "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often" peacked #1 for 11 consecutive weeks. Had another #1 with "You Will Have to Pay"
1948 "Rock and Rye,"
1950 "Daddy's Last Letter"
1953-1960 Ritter hosted the television program "Town Hall Party" while still having recordings for Capitol.
1961(after an 11-year charts absence), a C&W Top Five hit and Pop #20 with "I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven"
1974 (posthumously) "The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)" made the Top 100 hitting pos. #24
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Tex Ritter Discography Tracks

Albums

T 1623, T-1623 Tex Ritter - Hillbilly Heaven album art Tex Ritter Hillbilly Heaven(LP, Album, Mono) Capitol Records, Capitol Records T 1623, T-1623 Canada Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

25741 Tex Ritter - Sam Hall / Lady Killin' Cowboy album art Tex Ritter Sam Hall / Lady Killin' Cowboy(Shellac, 10") Panachord 25741 UK 1935 Sell This Version
8020 Tex Ritter - Answer To Nobody's Darling But Mine / We'll Rest At The End Of The Trail album art Tex Ritter Answer To Nobody's Darling But Mine / We'll Rest At The End Of The Trail(Shellac, 10") Montgomery Ward 8020 US 1936 Sell This Version
5305 Tex Ritter - Out On The Lone Prairie / Bill The Bar Fly album art Tex Ritter Out On The Lone Prairie / Bill The Bar Fly(Shellac, 10") Decca 5305 US 1936 Sell This Version
5389 Tex Ritter -   I'm A Natural Born Cowboy / Down The Colorado Trail  album art Tex Ritter I'm A Natural Born Cowboy / Down The Colorado Trail (Shellac, 10", Single, Mono) Decca 5389 US 1937 Sell This Version
26040 Tex Ritter - When It's Lamplightin' Time In The Valley / Sundown On The Prairie album art Tex Ritter When It's Lamplightin' Time In The Valley / Sundown On The Prairie(Shellac, 10") Panachord 26040 UK 1939 Sell This Version
223 Tex Ritter - You Will Have To Pay / Christmas Carols By The Old Corral album art Tex Ritter You Will Have To Pay / Christmas Carols By The Old Corral(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 223 US 1945 Sell This Version
253 Tex Ritter - Long Time Gone / I'm Gonna Leave You Like I Found You album art Tex Ritter Long Time Gone / I'm Gonna Leave You Like I Found You(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 253 US 1946 Sell This Version
327 Tex Ritter - From Now On / Love Me Now album art Tex Ritter From Now On / Love Me Now(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 327 US 1946 Sell This Version
296 Tex Ritter - When You Leave Don't Slam The Door / Have I Told You Lately That I Love You album art Tex Ritter When You Leave Don't Slam The Door / Have I Told You Lately That I Love You(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 296 US 1946 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Don't Make Me Sorry / I Can't Get My Foot Off The Rail album art Tex Ritter Don't Make Me Sorry / I Can't Get My Foot Off The Rail Capitol Records US 1947 Sell This Version
A40020 Tex Ritter - Teach Me To Forget / Toodle-Loo My Darlin album art Tex Ritter Teach Me To Forget / Toodle-Loo My Darlin(Shellac, 10") Capitol Americana A40020 US 1947 Sell This Version
40000 Tex Ritter - Bats In Your Belfry / The Last Mile album art Tex Ritter Bats In Your Belfry / The Last Mile(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 40000 US 1947 Sell This Version
366 Tex Ritter - Ninety-Nine Years Is A Long Time / One Little Tear Drop Too Late album art Tex Ritter Ninety-Nine Years Is A Long Time / One Little Tear Drop Too Late(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 366 US 1947 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Jealous Heart / I'm Gonna Leave You Like I Found You album art Tex Ritter Jealous Heart / I'm Gonna Leave You Like I Found You Capitol Records US 1948 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Boll Weevil / Rye Whiskey album art Tex Ritter Boll Weevil / Rye Whiskey Capitol Records US 1948 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Sioux City Sue / Fort Worth Jail album art Merle Travis / Tex Ritter Merle Travis / Tex Ritter - Sioux City Sue / Fort Worth Jail (Single) Capitol Americana Switzerland 1948 Sell This Version
15258 Tex Ritter - Have I Stayed Away Too Long / I'm Wastin' My Tears On You album art Tex Ritter Have I Stayed Away Too Long / I'm Wastin' My Tears On You(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 15258 US 1948 Sell This Version
15260 Tex Ritter - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You / Love Me Now album art Tex Ritter Have I Told You Lately That I Love You / Love Me Now(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 15260 US 1948 Sell This Version
15204 Tex Ritter - Merry Christmas Polka / Christmas Carols By The Old Corral album art Tex Ritter Merry Christmas Polka / Christmas Carols By The Old Corral(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 15204 US 1948 Sell This Version
40114 Tex Ritter - Deck Of Cards / Rounded Up In Glory album art Tex Ritter Deck Of Cards / Rounded Up In Glory(Shellac, 10") Capitol Americana 40114 US 1948 Sell This Version
15261 Tex Ritter - When You Leave Don't Slam The Door / Long Time Gone album art Tex Ritter When You Leave Don't Slam The Door / Long Time Gone(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 15261 US 1948 Sell This Version
25070 Tex Ritter - The Pony Express / Billy The Kid album art Tex Ritter The Pony Express / Billy The Kid(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 25070 US 1948 Sell This Version
25069 Tex Ritter - I Love My Rooster / Night Herding Song album art Tex Ritter I Love My Rooster / Night Herding Song(10") Capitol Records 25069 US 1948 Sell This Version
15215 Tex Ritter There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder / Jingle, Jangle, Jingle(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 15215 US 1948 Sell This Version