"The Manhattan Minstrel" Eddy Davis playing and singing a Cowboy ballad. Saturday use to be the day when the local movie theatre use to show all the Cowboy films. The two biggest were Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. This song is from an Autry film. You know how I loved my 1950's. Davis is playing his Custom OME 12" head - 17 fret neck Tenor Banjo.
I hope you like this stuff as much as I do. Eddy
Streets of Laredo
Ghost Riders in the Sky
WARNER owned a record distribution business, AND a TV studio.
So, no big surprise, they cranked out an album of the theme songs from all THEIR shows, and maybe a couple others.
So, relying on what I remember from half a century ago:
Don't recall the others, offhand.
Do THEY count as "Cowboy ballads"?
Ah I love 'em!
I happen to have worked up about 75 of the cowboy songs this year. Here's my BITSA with "Roy" chords. Eddy I like your "jazzy" arrangement of same.
Brings back memories of watching those movies. My allowance was 50 cents a week, which got me a ticket to the move, a bottle of pop and popcorn or candy bar.
Our movies were $0.20 entry. If the folks would give me $0.25 I could add a box of JuicyFruits or Jujubes. Popcorn was $0.10.
Love Roy Rogers. His movie career was over, but in the early 60's his television show was in syndication. Trigger, Bullet, Pat Brady and his jeep Nellie Belle. I was always a cowboy at heart. In a nuts sort of way even. One summer I refused to wear short pants simply because Roy nor any other cowboy hero was ever seen in short pants. Just to be clear, this was while I was still a kid; but the nuttiness is probably still in me in that unless I don't have time to change (i.e. gotta run to get something from a hardware store to keep working) I don't wear shorts or even a t-shirt in public. Yes, that is nuts. But I'm off the subject.
The B movie cowboys were pretty much over by the mid-50's. But I got familiar with some of them by reading the really old comic books that were in the barber shop. On television we could still see the Cisco Kid, Fury, My Friend Flicka, Sky King and I think the Lone Ranger. I'm not including the stuff for the grown-ups like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, the Rifle Man, the Texan, Wanted Dead or Alive, the Rebel, etc. etc.
At about age five I got to shake hands with Rex Allen as he rode around the ring at the J Bar H rodeo.
I still have and play my dad's Sons of the Pioneers record album. RCA had "citified" them and added violins and French horns and background singers to their arrangements. But I didn't care. I play the album for my grand kids when they visit. Last week my daughter recorded her four year old son singing Empty Saddles - the song I sang as I rocked my own children and now my grandchildren.
I've been working on adding cowboy songs to my banjo playing list. I want to learn Empty Saddles, Boots and Saddle, and other Sons' songs. Me and My Burrow is on my want-to-learn list because I once owned burros. I've been working on Lilly of the Valley because it seems to be a "three-fer"; learn it and I can also call the song Little Joe the Wrangler and Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane. Eddy has inspired me to try to add Back in the Saddle.
Here's an early (1931) Gene Autry record featuring some fine
tenor banjo playing by Roy Smeck:
Roy had just done steel guitar on what would Gene's breakout hit
"That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" the month before
'Prisoner's Song' 48 min
'Fortune (clawhammer banjo)' 59 min
'Tab code' 2 hrs
'Even Santa . . .' 2 hrs
'Hand position?' 2 hrs
'Over The Waterfall' 2 hrs