Tex Ritter, a country music singer, Broadway star and movie and television actor, was born on January 12, 1905.
Born in Texas, where he attended the University of Texas, at Austin, Ritter went to New York City to enter show business in 1928, after breaking in by singing cowboy songs on a Houston radio station.
He was in Broadway’s “Green Grow the Lilacs” in 1931, performing a song that would become one of his signatures, and later, appeared on tv’s “Death Valley Days.”
He’s probably most well-known as one of the singing cowboys of the era, along with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, starring in 40 movies between 1938 and 1945.
Returning to recording country music in 1942, he hit #1 on the country charts with “I’m Wastin’ My Tears On You” in 1944. It was followed by a string of hits, including the 1952 Oscar-winner for best song of the year, “High Noon (‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin’), for the title track of the movie, “High Noon.”
In April, 1954, he came to a fair in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, presumably on a publicity tour.
My family was walking around the fair, when, suddenly, someone came up to my cute-as-a-button 5-year old brother, Bruce, who was wearing a black and white spotted cowhide vest, and asked, “Do you want to meet Tex Ritter?”
The man whisked my brother through the crowd as we ran to catch up.
In a few minutes, we saw him, Tex Ritter, wearing a black and white spotted cowhide vest. No wonder they wanted Bruce to pose with him.
At Ritter’s invitation, Bruce sat in his lap for the photo, which appeared in the newspaper the next day.
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Carol Covin, Granny-Guru