Category: Western Music

Oklahoma Hills
Western Music

Western Song: Oklahoma Hills

“Oklahoma Hills” is a song written by singer-songwriters and cousins Jack Guthrie and Woody Guthrie. Jack Guthrie and His Oklahomans popularized “Oklahoma Hills” when they first recorded and released it as a single in 1945. Woody originally wrote the song, but they decided to share the copyright for it, as the changes made by Jack […]

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Ridin’ Down the Canyon
Western Music

Western Song: Ridin’ Down the Canyon

America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy Gene Autry and American country singer/songwriter/actor Smiley Burnett wrote and first performed the hit song “Ridin’ Down the Canyon” in 1935. They first released it on their 1935 single Ridin’ Down the Canyon and 1936 single I’m Looking For the Bully of the Town with the title “Ridin’ Down the Canyon (when the desert sun […]

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Vaya Con Dios
Western Music

Western Song: Vaya Con Dios

Vaya con Dios was a popular song written in 1953 by Buddy Pepper, Inez James, and Larry Russell. Anita O’Day (with Orchestra conducted by Larry Russell) first recorded it in December 1952. Then, she released the song in April 1953 on her single, Ain’t This a Wonderful Day. Les Paul and his then-wife Mary Ford also recorded […]

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Wagon Wheels
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Western Song: Wagon Wheels

American songwriter Billy Hill and composer Peter DeRose wrote the Western song “Wagon Wheels” in the early 1930s. Everett Marshall first performed the song live in the stage production Ziegfeld Follies of 1934. On the other hand, its first recording and release as a single were by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra in 1934. It was […]

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Desert Pete
Western Music

Western Song: Desert Pete

American singer-songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler wrote the song “Desert Pete.” Then, The Kingston Trio recorded and released it as a single in 1963, under the Contemporary Folk genre. It rose to #12 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart, spending five weeks on the chart. “Desert Pete” b/w “Ballad of the Thresher” was also the lead-off single […]

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