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

8031 Tex Ritter - Bill The Bar Fly / Out On The Lone Prairie album art Tex Ritter Bill The Bar Fly / Out On The Lone Prairie(Shellac, 10", RE) Montgomery Ward 8031 US Unknown Sell This Version
54-30066 Tex Ritter - Animal Fair/I Was Born A Hundred Years Ago album art Tex Ritter Animal Fair/I Was Born A Hundred Years Ago(7") Capitol Records 54-30066 US Unknown Sell This Version
P-4239 Tex Ritter - May God Bless America Again album art Tex Ritter May God Bless America Again(7", Single, Promo) Capitol Records P-4239 US Unknown Sell This Version
F2957 Tex Ritter - Old Tex Kringle / Is There A Santa Claus? album art Tex Ritter Old Tex Kringle / Is There A Santa Claus?(7") Capitol Records F2957 US Unknown Sell This Version
4364 Tex Ritter - The Vanishing American / The Gun, The Gold And The Girl album art Tex Ritter With The Music Of Jack Marshall* Tex Ritter With The Music Of Jack Marshall* - The Vanishing American / The Gun, The Gold And The Girl(7") Capitol Records 4364 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Tex Ritter - The Best Of Tex Ritter album art Tex Ritter The Best Of Tex Ritter (Comp) Capitol Records US 1966 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Sings His Hits album art Tex Ritter Sings His Hits (Comp) Hilltop US 1967 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Tennessee Blues album art Tex Ritter Tennessee Blues (Comp) Hilltop Canada 1968 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - An American Legend album art Tex Ritter An American Legend (Comp) Capitol Records US 1973 Sell This Version
ECR-8174 Tex Ritter - Hall Of Fame album art Tex Ritter Hall Of Fame(LP, Comp) Capitol Records ECR-8174 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Dvorana slávy - Country & Western 2 album art Tennessee Ernie Ford, Merle Haggard And The Strangers, Buck Owens And His Buckaroos, Tex Ritter Tennessee Ernie Ford, Merle Haggard And The Strangers, Buck Owens And His Buckaroos, Tex Ritter - Dvorana slávy - Country & Western 2 (Comp) Supraphon, Capitol Records, Gramofonový Klub Czechoslovakia 1974 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - High Noon album art Tex Ritter High Noon (Comp) Pickwick International US 1974 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Tex album art Tex Ritter Tex (Comp) Pickwick Canada 1975 Sell This Version
6.28334 DP Tex Ritter - The Singing Cowboy album art Tex Ritter The Singing Cowboy(2xLP, Comp) MCA Records 6.28334 DP Germany 1975 Sell This Version
HSU 5026 Tex Ritter - The Great American Singing Cowboys album art Rex Allen, Gene Autry, Eddie Dean, Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers (3), Jimmy Wakely Rex Allen, Gene Autry, Eddie Dean, Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers (3), Jimmy Wakely - The Great American Singing Cowboys(LP, Comp, Mono, Ele) London Records HSU 5026 UK 1976 Sell This Version
CW 146 Tex Ritter - Everyday In The Saddle album art Tex Ritter Everyday In The Saddle(12", Comp) Ember Records CW 146 UK 1976 Sell This Version
SM-3019 Tex Ritter - History Of Country Music album art Hank Williams And Tex Ritter Hank Williams And Tex Ritter - History Of Country Music(LP, Comp) Sunrise Media SM-3019 US 1981 Sell This Version
A.G. 9023 Tex Ritter - Out of The Past album art Tex Ritter Out of The Past(LP, Comp) Stack-O-Hits A.G. 9023 US 1981 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - High Noon album art Tex Ritter High Noon (Comp) Bear Family Records Germany 1983 Sell This Version
45-46 Tex Ritter - The Singing Cowboys Vol. 1 album art Gene Autry / Tex Ritter Gene Autry / Tex Ritter - The Singing Cowboys Vol. 1(2xLP, Comp, Dar + Box) The Franklin Mint Record Society 45-46 US 1983 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Best Of The Cowboys album art Tex Ritter Best Of The Cowboys (Comp, Album) Starday Records US 1985 Sell This Version
4XL-9296 Tex Ritter - High Noon & Other Hits album art Tex Ritter High Noon & Other Hits(Cass, Comp) Capitol Records 4XL-9296 US 1985 Sell This Version
BDP 15209 Tex Ritter - Lady Killin' Cowboy album art Tex Ritter Lady Killin' Cowboy(LP, Comp, Pic) Bear Family Records BDP 15209 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
BDP 15231 Tex Ritter - Singin' In The Saddle album art Tex Ritter Singin' In The Saddle(LP, Comp, Pic) Bear Family Records BDP 15231 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Greatest Hits album art Tex Ritter Greatest Hits (Comp) Curb Records US 1990 Sell This Version