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Excellent condition original signed 8" x 10" photograph of "Texas Ruby" Owens, the Yodling Cowgirl. The inscription says
Howdy T! "Sincere Greetings To: Miss Mary Owens From: "Texas Ruby" Owens "The Yodling Cowgirl" W.H.O.-Des Moines, Iowa
It measures 8" x 10"
This is a portion of a biography used when Texas Ruby and husband Curly Fox appeared onstage as Grand Ole Opry guests on November 8, 1947:
"Texas Ruby, radio's original cowgirl, recognized by critics as the Sophie Tucker of feminine folk singers, is a dyed-in-the-wool cowgirl, having been born and reared in the lone star state of Texas. By the time Ruby was three, she was singing to the cowboys around the corral. In the years that followed, she continued to sing and entertain at church, school, and neighboring socials.
One day as a young girl, she accompanied her father and brothers on a cattle drive to Fort Worth, which was and still is one of the great cattle buying centers of the West. The two brothers and Ruby were singing some old familiar cowboy tunes while their father wound up his business. The older brother, who also later won fame on the radio as Tex Owens, the Texas Ranger, was playing the Sears Roebuck guitar. During the session, several of the cowboys and cattle buyers had gatd around the old buckboard to enjoy the harmonizing of the two husky brothers and the sis with the beautiful voice.
A short, red-faced gentleman in a white ten-gallon Stetson hat listened soberly while the singing filled the lazy breezes. He not only was a cattle buyer but also was a radio station stock holder from the famous meat-packing center, Kansas City. Being a man of travel, he knew what folks of the plains and hill country liked in the way of radio listening. That was the beginning of the radio career for this young lady whose voice has been carried to millions of people throughout the entire United States...
In 1937, the now famous husband-and-wife team of Curly Fox and Texas Ruby was formed, making one of the finest teams of its kind on stage and radio. This team is currently [in 1947] heard over WSM and stars on the nationally popular Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry. Curly and Ruby are Columbia recording artists.
Texas Ruby died in March of 1963 at the age of 55 in a house fire in Nashville, Tennessee while her husband was appearing on the Friday Night Grand Ole Opry.
The commemorative album "Original Recordings Of Texas Ruby & Curly Fox: A Memorial Tribute To Texas Ruby" was released by Columbia/Harmony Records after Ruby's death.
The last album recorded by Curly Fox and Texas Ruby prior to her death was released on the Starday label. Songs include: Old Grey Mule, Shanty Street, Fire On The Mountain, Chasin' The Fox, Love Me Now, Mockingbird Reel, Wink Your Little Eye, Model & Train Race, Big Silver Tears, Whistlewood, Front Door Key, Twilight Waltz, I Don't Love Nobody, & Curly's Talkin' Blues.
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