Tex Ritter – America’s Most Beloved Cowboy. Review By Oj Sikes

Tex Ritter CD cover
Tex Ritter CD cover

America’s Most Beloved Cowboy

Tex Ritter

Jasmine CD 3730/1

Tex Ritter’s earliest recordings were probably no more numerous than those of his contemporaries, but in his later years, after the B-Western film days were over, his recording output was astounding. Interestingly, in recent years, much of that work has been easier to find overseas than in the US, and with this release, the Jasmine label has combined 4 of Tex’s LPs plus bonus tracks, in one 2 disc CD package. Two of the LPs represented here, HILLBILLY HEAVEN and BLOOD ON THE SADDLE, were readily available in the US for a long time, but the other two, SONGS FROM THE WESTERN SCREEN and STAN KENTON! TEX RITTER!, were not as easy to find. As far as I know, complete versions of none of them were available on CD.

Three of the 4 original LPs were recorded in stereo, and the best available sources were used as masters for these CDs, so audiophiles will be pleased. And the 5 bonus tracks include several of Tex’s recordings from the 1940s, both country, e.g. “You Two-timed Me One Time Too Often” and Western, e.g. “Bad Brahma Bull.” In addition, three versions of “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)” are included.

O.J Sikes




Available on Jasmine Records




Track List

Disc 1

HILLBILLY HEAVEN
1. I DREAMED OF A HILLBILLY HEAVEN
2. GREEN GROW THE LILACS
3. LOVE ME NOW
4. HIGH NOON (Do Not Forsake Me) (version 1)
5. THE DECK OF CARDS
6. JEALOUS HEART
7. HAVE I STAYED AWAY TOO LONG
8. OL’ SHORTY
9. WE LIVE IN TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS
10. THERE’S A NEW MOON OVER MY SHOULDER
11. JINGLE, JANGLE, JINGLE
12. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
BLOOD ON THE SADDLE
13. BLOOD ON THE SADDLE
14. BARBARA ALLEN
15. SAMUEL HALL
16. BURY ME NOT ON THE LONE PRAIRIE
17. LITTLE JOE THE WRANGLER
18. WHEN THE WORK’S ALL DONE THIS FALL
19. THE FACE ON THE BARROOM FLOOR
20. BOLL WEEVIL
21. BILLY THE KID
22. STREETS OF LAREDO
23. SAM BASS
24. RYE WHISKEY
Bonus Tracks
25. THE CATTLE CALL



Disc 2

SONGS FROM THE WESTERN SCREEN
1. THE BANDIT
2. WICHITA
3. I LEANED ON A MAN
4. BRAVE MAN
5. THE SEARCHERS (Ride Away)
6. THE LAST FRONTIER
7. REMEMBER THE ALAMO
8. HIGH NOON (Do Not Forsake Me) (version 2)
9. THE MARSHALL’S DAUGHTER
10. PRAIRIE HOME
11. TROOPER HOOK
STAN KENTON! TEX RITTER!
12. THE BANDIT OF BRAZIL
13. THE GREEN LEAVES OF SUMMER
14. HOME ON THE RANGE
15. WAGON WHEELS
16. EMPTY SADDLES
17. HIGH NOON (Do Not Forsake Me) (Version 3)
18. COOL WATER
19. SEPTEMBER SONG
20. RED RIVER VALLEY
21. CIMARRON (Roll On)
22. TAKE ME BACK TO MY BOOTS AND SADDLE
23. THE LAST ROUND-UP
BONUS TRACKS
24. BAD BRAHMA BULL
25. SAN ANTONIO ROSE
26. I’M GONNA LEAVE YOU LIKE I FOUND YOU
27. YOU TWO-TIMED ME ONE TIME TOO OFTEN