Red Headed Stranger
Western Music

Western Song: Red Headed Stranger

Members of the Western Writers of America included Red Headed Stranger in their list of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. Entertainment critic and lyricist Edith Lindeman wrote the Red Headed Stranger with composer and radio announcer Carl Stutz in 1953. Before working on the song, they collaborated on other popular country songs such as “Little Things […]

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Old Timer
Western Music

Western Song: Old Timer

Old Timer is a song in Waymore’s Blues (Part II) album by Waylon Jennings, an American country music artist. It was recorded and released at a time in Jennings ’career without being signed to any major label. Waymore’s Blues (Part II) is a one-off return to RCA for Jennings following brief endings with MCA Records and Epic […]

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Cowpoke
Western Music

Western Song: Cowpoke

American songwriter, actor, and country legend Stan Jones wrote the track, Cowpoke. The song became one of his biggest hits, along with Ghost Riders in the Sky. He grew famous for writing Western music, including composing songs and acting in small parts for various Western films. Members of the Western Writers of America included Cowpoke and two […]

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The Hanging Tree
Western Music

Western Song: The Hanging Tree

“The Hanging Tree” became the theme song for the 1959 Western film The Hanging Tree, starring Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Karl Malden, and George C. Scott. Max Steiner scored the Western ballad, while Mack David and Jerry Livingston wrote the song for the film. They received nominations for the 1960 Academy Awards (Best Music, Original Song) […]

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Tonight We Ride
Western Music

Western Song: Tonight We Ride

Tonight We Ride is a song by American singer-songwriter Thomas “Tom” George Russell. Although most well recognized in the Americana music tradition, his music also includes elements of folk, rock, and the cowboy music of the American West. Members of the Western Writers of America voted Tonight We ride together with another Russell song titled Navajo […]

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