Western Song: Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott
“Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott” is a song written by Harold Wilson Reid and Don Reid. Moreover, their singing group, Statler Brothers, first released it in 1973. It was also part of the mentioned group’s compilation album, The Best of the Statler Brothers, in 1975 under Mercury Records.
Members of Western Writers of America included this song in the Top 100 Western songs of all time.
About The Song
It became one of The Statler Brother’s hit songs during their career. It’s as if the song asked a question that many fans asked themselves about their favorite Western film and TV actors, whom they haven’t seen or heard on the big screen for a while. Its lyrics mentioned Tex Ritter, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and many more. Randolph Scott specifically inspired the song, and it’s evident with the repetition of his name in the lyrics and the title itself.
Aside from becoming a tribute to the well-known Western movie and TV stars, the song was also a complaint about the status and quality of modern movies.
The Best Of The Statler Brothers Tracklist
Here are the songs included in The Statler Brother’s compilation album, The Best Of The Statler Brothers:
- Bed Of Rose’s
- Whatever Happened To Randolph Scott?
- Do You Remember These?
- Carry Me Back
- Flowers On The Wall
- The Class Of ’57
- I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You
- Thank You World
- New York City
- Susan When She Tried
Listen to Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott (The Statler Brothers Version)
Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott? Lyrics
[Instrumental] Everybody knows when you go to the show You can't take the kids along You've gotta read the paper and know the code Of G, PG and R and X And you gotta know what the movie's about Before you even go Tex Ritter's gone and Disney's dead And the screen is filled with sex Whatever happened to Randolph Scott Ridin' the trail alone Whatever happened to Gene and Tex And Roy and Rex the Durango Kid Oh whatever happened to Randolph Scott His horse plain as could be Whatever happened to Randolph Scott Has happened to the best of me [Instrumental] Everybody's tryin' to make a comment About our doubts and fears True Grit's the only movie I've really understood in years You've gotta take your analyst along To see if it's fit to see Whatever happened to Randolph Scott Has happened to the industry Whatever happened to Johnny Mack Brown And Alan Rocky Lane Whatever happened to Lash Larue I'd love to see them again Whatever happened to Smiley Burnett Tim Holt and Gene Autry Whatever happened to all of these Has happened to the best of me Whatever happened to Randolph Scott Has happened to the industry. [Instrumental]
Randolph Scott may be done, but his image is still around, it is on the Raiders uniform, as their logo. The patch may be out of place but the face used Randolph Scott.