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

Singles & EPs

25071 Tex Ritter - Texas Rangers / Froggy Went A Courtin' album art Tex Ritter Texas Rangers / Froggy Went A Courtin'(10") Capitol Records 25071 US 1948 Sell This Version
15119 Tex Ritter - Rock And Rye / My Heart's As Cold As An Empty Jug album art Tex Ritter Rock And Rye / My Heart's As Cold As An Empty Jug(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 15119 US 1948 Sell This Version
15375 Tex Ritter - Teneha, Timpson, Bobo And Blair album art Tex Ritter Teneha, Timpson, Bobo And Blair(Shellac, 10", Single) Capitol Records 15375 US 1949 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Daddy's Last Letter  /  Onward Christian Soldiers album art Tex Ritter Daddy's Last Letter / Onward Christian Soldiers Capitol Records US 1950 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Boogie Woogie Cowboy / He's A Cowboy Auctioneer album art Tex Ritter Boogie Woogie Cowboy / He's A Cowboy Auctioneer (Single) Capitol Records US 1950 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Rye Whiskey / Deck Of Cards album art Tex Ritter Rye Whiskey / Deck Of Cards (Single) Capitol Records US 1950 Sell This Version
1071 Tex Ritter - Boiled Crawfish / I've Got Five Dollars And It's Satuday Night album art Tex Ritter Boiled Crawfish / I've Got Five Dollars And It's Satuday Night(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 1071 US 1950 Sell This Version
1334 Tex Ritter - Stay Away From My Heart / Big Blue Diamonds album art Tex Ritter Stay Away From My Heart / Big Blue Diamonds(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 1334 US 1950 Sell This Version
1141 Tex Ritter - Fiery Bear / The Pledge Of Allegiance album art Tex Ritter Fiery Bear / The Pledge Of Allegiance(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 1141 US 1950 Sell This Version
1188 Tex Ritter - Coal Smoke, Valve Oil And Steam / Nobody's Fool album art Tex Ritter Coal Smoke, Valve Oil And Steam / Nobody's Fool(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 1188 US 1950 Sell This Version
1058 Tex Ritter - Blood On The Saddle / Bad Brahma Bull album art Tex Ritter Blood On The Saddle / Bad Brahma Bull(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 1058 US 1950 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - There's No One To Cry Over Me / If I Could Steal You From Somebody Else album art Tex Ritter There's No One To Cry Over Me / If I Could Steal You From Somebody Else Capitol Records US 1951 Sell This Version
1388 Tex Ritter - My Bucket's Been Fixed / You're Always Brand New album art Tex Ritter My Bucket's Been Fixed / You're Always Brand New(Shellac, 10", Promo) Capitol Records 1388 US 1951 Sell This Version
CAS-3100, 34027 Tex Ritter - The Noise Song / Bluetail, The Red Fox album art Tex Ritter The Noise Song / Bluetail, The Red Fox(10") Capitol Records, Capitol Records CAS-3100, 34027 Canada 1951 Sell This Version
F1631 Tex Ritter - Rye Whiskey / Blood On The Saddle album art Tex Ritter Rye Whiskey / Blood On The Saddle(7", Single) Capitol Records F1631 US 1951 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - High Noon / Go On, Get Out album art Tex Ritter High Noon / Go On, Get Out (Single) Capitol Records US 1952 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - The Letter Edged In Black / There Shall Be Showers Of Blessings album art Tex Ritter And Oklahoma Sweethearts Tex Ritter And Oklahoma Sweethearts - The Letter Edged In Black / There Shall Be Showers Of Blessings Capitol Records US 1952 Sell This Version
10485 Tex Ritter - High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) album art Tex Ritter High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)(7", Single, Promo, One) Capitol Records 10485 US 1952 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Tex Ritter Sings album art Tex Ritter Tex Ritter Sings (EP) Capitol Records US 1953 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - The Marshal's Daughter album art Tex Ritter The Marshal's Daughter (Single) Capitol Records US 1953 Sell This Version
F2594 Tex Ritter - Let Me Go, Devil / The Long Black Rifle album art Tex Ritter Let Me Go, Devil / The Long Black Rifle(7") Capitol Records F2594 US 1953 Sell This Version
2368 Tex Ritter - Buffalo Dream / My Woman Ain't Pretty album art Tex Ritter Buffalo Dream / My Woman Ain't Pretty(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 2368 US 1953 Sell This Version
2594 Tex Ritter Let Me Go, Devil / The Long Black Rifle(Acetate, 10", Single) Capitol Records 2594 US 1953 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Prairie Home / The Bandit album art Tex Ritter Prairie Home / The Bandit (Single) Capitol Records US 1954 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Let Me Go, Devil / The Bandit album art Tex Ritter Let Me Go, Devil / The Bandit (Single) Capitol Records US 1954 Sell This Version