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

Compilations

Tex Ritter - The Country Music Hall Of Fame album art Tex Ritter The Country Music Hall Of Fame (Comp) MCA Records US 1991 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Capitol Collectors Series album art Tex Ritter Capitol Collectors Series (Comp) Capitol Records US 1992 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Greatest Hits By Tex Ritter album art Tex Ritter Greatest Hits By Tex Ritter (Comp, Album) Shasta Records US 1996 Sell This Version
8-36903-2 Tex Ritter - Vintage Collections album art Tex Ritter Vintage Collections(CD, Comp) Capitol Records 8-36903-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
BCD 16260 DI Tex Ritter - Blood On The Saddle - Complete Recordings, 1932-December 1947 album art Tex Ritter Blood On The Saddle - Complete Recordings, 1932-December 1947(4xCD, Comp + Box) Bear Family Records BCD 16260 DI Germany 1999 Sell This Version
BCD 16356 DI Tex Ritter - High Noon album art Tex Ritter High Noon(4xCD, Comp) Bear Family Records BCD 16356 DI Germany 2000 Sell This Version
CTS 55462 Tex Ritter - Country Hits & Cowboy Classics album art Tex Ritter Country Hits & Cowboy Classics(CD, Album, Comp) Country Stars CTS 55462 Portugal 2000 Sell This Version
CD AJA 5479 Tex Ritter - High Noon - 27 Original Recordings 1942-1952 album art Tex Ritter High Noon - 27 Original Recordings 1942-1952(CD, Comp, Mono) Living Era CD AJA 5479 UK 2003 Sell This Version
COL-CD-8677 Tex Ritter - The Best Of Tex Ritter album art Tex Ritter The Best Of Tex Ritter(CD, Comp) Collectables COL-CD-8677 US 2006 Sell This Version
PRMCD 6148 Tex Ritter - The Essential Recordings album art Tex Ritter The Essential Recordings(2xCD, Comp) Primo (2) PRMCD 6148 Czech Republic 2014 Sell This Version
Tex Ritter - Country & Western Bulls-Eyes album art Bob Wills, Red Ingle, Tex Williams, Tex Ritter, Dave Dudley, The Renfro Valley Pioneers Bob Wills, Red Ingle, Tex Williams, Tex Ritter, Dave Dudley, The Renfro Valley Pioneers - Country & Western Bulls-Eyes (Comp) Spin-O-Rama US Unknown Sell This Version
PTP 2020 Tex Ritter - My Kinda Songs album art Tex Ritter My Kinda Songs(2xLP, Comp) Pickwick/33 Records PTP 2020 US Unknown Sell This Version
BBS-1030 Tex Ritter - Tex Ritter album art Tex Ritter Tex Ritter(LP, Comp) Buckboard Records BBS-1030 US Unknown Sell This Version
4XL-9220 Tex Ritter - The Best Of Tex Ritter album art Tex Ritter The Best Of Tex Ritter(Cass, Comp) Capitol Special Markets 4XL-9220 US Unknown Sell This Version
CCD 272 Tex Ritter - The Golden Age Of Tex Ritter album art Tex Ritter The Golden Age Of Tex Ritter(CD, Comp, Mono) Cattle Compact CCD 272 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
CSL 6016, CSL-6016 Tex Ritter - Eddie Dean / Tex Ritter album art Eddie Dean / Tex Ritter Eddie Dean / Tex Ritter - Eddie Dean / Tex Ritter(Cass, Comp) Creative Sounds Limited (3), Creative Sounds Limited (3) CSL 6016, CSL-6016 US Unknown Sell This Version
BDL 1022 Tex Ritter - Streets Of Laredo album art Tex Ritter Streets Of Laredo(LP, Comp) Bulldog Records BDL 1022 UK Unknown Sell This Version
MLP 202 Tex Ritter - The Rare Ones Of The Late Tex Ritter album art Tex Ritter The Rare Ones Of The Late Tex Ritter(LP, Comp, Mono) Masterpiece (14) MLP 202 Unknown Sell This Version
COPS-8350 Tex Ritter - The Best Of Tex Ritter Volume 2 album art Tex Ritter The Best Of Tex Ritter Volume 2(LP, Comp) MCA Records COPS-8350 Australia Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

G-21, G-22 Tex Ritter - Tex Ritter album art Tex Ritter Tex Ritter(Vinyl, 16", Mono, Transcription) Capitol Transcriptions, Capitol Transcriptions G-21, G-22 US Unknown Sell This Version
J-2, J 2 Tex Ritter - Jesus Loves Me / I'll Be A Sunbeam album art Tex Ritter Jesus Loves Me / I'll Be A Sunbeam(6", Pla) Toyland Records (2), Toyland Records (2) J-2, J 2 US Unknown Sell This Version