Today I'm offering two great pieces of memorabilia from Americans first recognized singing cowboy, Tex Ritter, including a 1968 Country Music Scrapbook with a 1969 autograph of Tex Ritter and 1955 Tex Ritter Cowboy Favorites Record Album. From day one in 1933 after recording his first three songs on Capitol Records his wonderful 41 year career in radio, movies, and country music made him one of the most beloved stars from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. His fans loved him and he always went out of his way to sign autographs whether asked by a single fan or a by hundreds of fans after a performance. Below is a description of each item and its condition:
1.)10 inch 33 1/3RPM Capitol Record Album No. H-4004 titled Tex Ritter Cowboy Favorites from 1954. When this record was released Tex Ritter was an international star of motion pictures, radio and theater personal appearances. The album has 8 songs including---San Antonio Rose---Try Me One More Time---Rye Whiskey---Blood On The Saddle---Boll Weevil Song---Bad Brahma Bull---Hounded Up In Glory---and The Chisholm Trail.
**Condition of Album: The album cover is in fair+ condition. The record is in good- condition. *Album Cover: There is wear to the front cover and bumps at the corners; tiny to small crease marks at the corners; ½” tear at top edge and 2 ½” tear at the bottom edge; soiling to the back cover. *Record: Light surface scratches to side 1 and side 2; I played the record and it sounds great.
2.)1968 Country Music Scrapbook, 16th Edition, with an autographed photo of Tex Ritter. A fan had Tex Ritter autograph the "Country Music Scrapbook", 16th Edition, at one of his performances. The scrapbook features photos and stories of over 200 top country and western stars on 32 pages. Tex Ritter's photo is on the 8th page along with Faron Young and Hank Locklin. Tex Ritter, when signing something, would date the item he signed. This photo is dated July 13, 1969.
**Condition: The front and back covers are in good condition. The inside pages are in very good condition. *Covers: Light surface wear from rubbing and a tiny tear at the top and bottom of the spine.
*This is a short history about Tex Ritter. From his first recording in 1933 to his last song in 1973 called, "The Americans" Tex Ritter starred in the radio program called "The Lone Star Ranger", starred in over 60 Western B-Movies, sang along side country music stars, and appeared in several TV shows---which is why his face and voice were known around the country.
In 1952, he was asked to sing the title song of Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly western movie 'High Noon". The song "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin" became his signature song. In 1953 at the Academy Awards Ceremony he received an Oscar for the Best Song of The Year.
In 1964, he became the fifth person to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1955, he had one of the best selling country and hillbilly albums of all time. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6631 Hollywood Blvd. His youngest son John Ritter became a big star on the TV show "Threes Company".
Here's your chance to add to your collection of vintage country and western memorabilia. What a wonderful gift to give a parent or grandparent that grew up watching Tex Ritter in the movies or listening to him on the radio during the hay-day of the singing cowboy.
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