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Tex Ritter

Birth place or City of origin: near Murvaul
State of origin: TX
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Start/Birth date: 1905
Death/End date: 1974

Born Woodard Maurice Ritter, January 12, 1905 near Murvaul, TX. Became interested in cowboy ballads and southwest folklore while studying at the University of Texas. Landed his first Broadway role in 1930 with film debut in 1936. Popularity was instantaneous, rivaling that of Gene Autry, as the screen’s top singing cowboy. By the late 1940s Tex took to the road with his horse, White Flash while continuing his lucrative recording career, most notably with the title song from High Noon. Ritter died in 1974, but will always be remembered as a cowboy star, Grand Ole Opry headliner, recording artist and folk hero, often labeled America’s Most Beloved Cowboy.


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