Chanteuse Country US née Ruby Agnes Owens, le 4 Juin 1908 à Wise County, près de Decatur (Texas). Texas Ruby est décédée le 29 Mars 1963.

Ruby Agnes Owens, known to country music fans as Texas Ruby, was born on June 4, 1908 in Wise County, TX. Owens, raised on a cattle farm, came by her country music roots naturally. "One day as a young girl," an early bio of Ruby noted, "she accompanied her father and brothers on a cattle drive to Fort Worth..." Her family was also musical. A niece, Laura Lee Owens, found fame singing with the Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, and her brother Tex wrote the cowboy standard "Cattle Call." In many ways, Texas Ruby served as a transitional link between early country stylings and the more modern honky tonk. "Her deep, almost masculine alto was equally at home on blue yodels, honky-tonk cheatin' songs, old-time ballads, vaudeville blues, and folk tunes," wrote Mary A. Bufwack and Robert K. Oermann in Finding Her Voice: The Saga of Women in Country Music.
Texas Ruby's musical career received an inauspicious kick off. Having accompanied her family to Fort Worth on a cattle drive in 1930, she and brothers harmonized on the buckboard of a wagon while waiting for their father to finish his business. Another cattle owner who also owned stock in Kansas City's KMBC offered Ruby a job. By 1933 she had traveled to Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Detroit, eventually joining Zeke Clements and his Bronco Busters and performing at the Grand Ole Opry. In the mid-'30s, Texas Ruby and Clements auditioned and won a spot on the popular WHO barn dance program in Des Moines, IA, and remained on the program for the next two years. Texas Ruby also earned a reputation as a hard living musician. "Offstage," wrote Bufwack and Oermann, "Ruby was a hard-drinking, good-time mama with a cigarette in her red lips, a rowdy laugh, and a heart of pure gold."
Underlying Ruby's "heart of gold," however, was also a fierce temper. While working at WHO, she had a falling out with a then unknown radio announcer named Ronald "Dutch" Reagan. "Not long after getting his ears scorched by Ruby's cussing," wrote Bufwack and Oermann, "the future president went west for a screen test." Ruby's temper and hard-living lifestyle also had repercussions on her music career. WBAP wanted to hire Texas Ruby and Clements, but she arrived at a meeting with potential sponsors drunk. In 1937 Texas Ruby, suffering from a hangover, also missed auditions for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Clements yodeled for Bashful). After this, Ruby and Clements went their separate ways.
The same year, Texas Ruby teamed with fiddler Curley Fox, and the couple married in 1939. Texas Ruby's greatest popularity arrived during and after World War II, when she and Fox were regulars on the Grand Ole Opry. She also recorded for major companies, including Columbia (1945-1946) and King (1947). Texas Ruby died on Friday, March 29, 1963 in a trailer fire, shortly after making a comeback album with Fox. "Shanty Street" was issued on a Starday label sampler posthumously.

Talents : Vocals, Guitar

Style musical : Traditional Country, Cowboy, Honky Tonk

Don't Let That Man Get You Down (1945) (Texas Ruby)

TRAVELLING BLUES (1946) (Texas Ruby)

WRECK OF THE 1256 (1948) (Curly Fox & Texas Ruby)

IT'S RAINING TEARDROPS IN MY HEART (1949) (Curly Fox & Texas Ruby)

LOVE ME NOW (1963) (Texas Ruby)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & Singles

05/1937 78 t. DECCA 5364 (US) Pride Of The Prairie (Texas RUBY & ZEKE) / Blue Yodel No.1 (Texas RUBY)
1945 78 t. COLUMBIA 20011 (US) Don't Let That Man Get You Down (Texas RUBY) / Don't You Lie To Me (Texas RUBY & Curly FOX)
12/1945 78 t. COLUMBIA 36901 (US)

Texas Ruby with Curly FOX & His Fox Hunters - Don't Let That Man Get You Down / Don't You Lie To Me

1946 78 t. COLUMBIA 20104 (US) Travelling Blues ((Texas RUBY) / Letter That Broke My Heart (Texas RUBY & Curly FOX)
1946 78 t. COLUMBIA 20123 (US) Texas Ruby - Nobody Else But You / Ain't You Sorry That You Lied
1946 78 t. COLUMBIA 37075 (US) Texas Ruby with Curly FOX & His Fox Hunters - Blue Love / The Old Home
03/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37272 (US) Texas Ruby with Curly FOX & His Fox Hunters - Travelling Blues / Letter That Broke My Heart
1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 20364 (US) Have You Got Someone Else On The String (Texas RUBY) / Even Though I'll Shed A Million Tears (Texas RUBY & Curly FOX)
06/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37385 (US) Texas Ruby with Curly FOX & His Fox Hunters - Nobody Else But You / Ain't You Sorry That You Lied
09/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37879 (US) Have You Got Someone Else On The String (Texas RUBY & Curly FOX) / Even Though I'll Shed A MillionTears (Texas RUBY)
1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 20390 (US) Have I Waited Too Long (Texas RUBY) / I'll Take Back All I Said (Texas RUBY & Curly FOX)
12/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37982 (US) Curly FOX & Texas RUBY - I'll Take Back All I've Said About You / Have I Waited Too Long To Regret?
03/1948 78 t. KING 692 (US) Curly FOX & Texas RUBY - It's Your Time To Be Blue / Soldier's Return
06/1948 78 t. KING 716 (US) Curly FOX & Texas RUBY - It's Over Forever / Wreck Of The 1256
11/1948 78 t. KING 746 (US) Curly FOX & Texas RUBY - Teardrops And Empty Arms / You've Been Cheating On Me
03/1949 78 t. KING 763 (US) Curly FOX & Texas RUBY - Falling Leaf / It's Raining Teardrops In My Heart
06/1949 78 t. KING 786 (US) Curly FOX & Texas RUBY - Those Dreams Are Gone / Code Of The Mountains
10/1949 78 t. KING 808 (US) Curly FOX & Texas RUBY - You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care) / If You Don't Want Me, Then Set Me Free
1949 78 t. CORAL 64003 (US) Texas RUBY & ZEKE - T For Texas / Pride Of The Prairie
04/1963 SP KING 45-5741 (US)

Texas RUBY - On The Banks Of The Lonely River (Ten Thousand Miles Away) / Hold Fast To The Right

05/1963 SP STARDAY 45-626 (US) The Old Grey Mule (Curly FOX) / Shanty Street (Texas RUBY)



Albums

1963 LP 12" KING 840 (US) FAVORITE SONGS OF TEXAS RUBY - It's Over Forever / Teardrops And Empty Arms / It's Your Time To Be Blue / Code Of The Mountains / It's Raining Teardrops In My Heart / The Wreck Of The 1256 / Falling Leaf / Those Dreams Are Gone / Soldier's Return / You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care) / If You Don't Want Me / Then Set Me Free / You've Been Cheating On Me
1963 LP 12" STARDAY SLP-235 (US) FANTASTIC FIDDLIN' - FUN AND SONG - CURLY FOX & TEXAS RUBY - Old Grey Mule (Curly FOX) / Fire On The Mountain (Curly FOX) / Chasin' The Fox (Curly FOX) / Mockingbird Reel (Curly FOX) / Wink Your Little Eye (Curly FOX) / Model & The Train Race (Curly FOX) / Whistlewood (Curly FOX) / Twilight Waltz (Curly FOX) / I Don't Love Nobody (Curly FOX) / Curly's Talkin' Blues (Curly FOX) / Shanty Street (Texas RUBY) / Love Me Now (Texas RUBY) / Big Silver Tears (Texas RUBY) / Front Door Key (Curly FOX & Texas RUBY)
1963 LP 12" HARMONY HL-7302 (US) TRAVELING BLUES - A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO TEXAS RUBY - TEXAS RUBY & CURLY FOX - Ain't You Sorry That You Lied / Nobody Else Buy You / I'll Take Back All I've Said About You / Would It Make Any Difference To You / Have You Got Someone Else On The String / Travellin' Blues / Even Though I'll Shed A Million Tears / The Letter That Broke My Heart / We Live In Two Different Worlds / With Tears In My Eyes
1992 LP 12" Cowgirlboy LP-5042 (GER) The Wreck Of The 1256 - TEXAS RUBY & CURLY FOX - The code of the mountains / Those dreams are gone / If you don’t want me, then set me free / You don’t love me (but I’ll always care) / The wreck of the 1256 / It’s your time to be blue / The soldiers’ return / Black mountain rag / It’s raining teardrops in my heart / Teardrops and empty arms / It’s over forever / Come here son / Falling leaf / You’ve been cheating on me / On the banks of the lonely river (ten thousand miles away) / Hold fast to the right
1999 CD BRONCO BUSTER CD 9016 (GER) A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO CURLY FOX AND TEXAS RUBY - Rock My Cradle (Once Again) / Whoa Mule / Just One Little Kiss / Listen To The Mocking Bird (inst.) / I Don't Love Nobody / You'll Remember And Be Blue / Blue Love (In My Heart) / The Old Home / Ain't You Sorry That You Lied / Nobody Else But You / I'll Take Back All I've Said About You / Would It Make Any Difference To You / Have You Got Someone Else On The String / Travelin' Blues / Even Though I'll Shed A Million Tears / The Letter That Broke My Heart / We Live In Two Different Worlds / With Tears In My Eyes / Hometown Blues (inst.)
01/2010 CD RIGHTEOUS PSALM 2322 (CAN) TEARDROPS IN MY HEART - Love Me Now / Teardrops And Empty Arms / Big Silver Texas / Falling Leaf / It's Raining Teardrops In My Heart / Shanty Street / We Live In Two Diffrent Worlds / The Letter That Broke My Heart / Soldiers Return / Don't Let That Man Get You Down / The Twilight Waltz / With Tears In My Eyes / You'll Remember And Be Blue / I'll Take Back All I've Said About You / Even Through I'll Shed A Million Tears / If You Don't Want Me Then Set Me Free / The Code Of The Mountains / Ain't You Sorry That You Lied / Those Dreams Are Gone / Travellin Blues / Have You Got Someone Else On The String / It's Your Time To Be Blue / It's Over Forever
09/2010 CD BACM D 303 (UK)

WE MAY MEET AGAIN SOMEDAY - TEXAS RUBY & CURLY FOX - Listen To The Mockingbird / New Talkin' Blues / Fiddlin' Blues / Draggin' The Bow / The Boys In Blue / The Letter Edged In Black / Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie / We May Meet Again Someday / Babes In The Woods / A Message From Home / Frankie And Johnnie / John Henry / Daddy Oh Daddy Please Come Home / Sweet Betsy From Pike / The Cowboys Dream / Bye Bye Doce Jones / Code Of The Mountains / You Don't Love Me But I'll Always Care / The Wreck Of The 1256 / Black Mountain Rag / Come Here Son / You've Been Cheating On Me / On The Banks Of A Lonely River 10000 Miles Away / Hold Fast To The Right

07/2011 CD ROCKABILLY ? (?) ESSENTIAL MASTERS - TEXAS RUBY & CURLY FOX - Code Of The Mountains / Daddy, Oh Daddy, Please Come Home / We May Meet Again Someday / John Henry / Draggin' The Bow / The Boys In Blue / Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie / Babes In The Woods / Sweet Betsy From Pike / Black Mountain Rag / Hold Fast To The Right / Listen To The Mockingbird / You Don't Love Me But I'll Always Care / Bye Bye, Doce Jones / The Boys In Blue / The Wreck Of The 1256 / The Cowboy's Dream / The Letter Edged In Black / On The Banks Of A Lonely River 10000 Miles Away / Come Here, Son / Frankie And Johnnie / Fiddlin' Blues / You've Been Cheating On Me / New Talkin' Blues
07/2011 CD ROCKABILLY ? (?) COWGIRL CLASSICS - Don't Let That Man Get You Down / Ain't You Sorry That You Lied / Big Silver Tears / The Twilight Waltz / Love Me Now / With Tears In My Eyes / Those Dreams Are Gone / Falling Leaf / Even Though I'll Shed A Million Tears / It's Over Forever / Shanty Street / Travellin' Blues / Have You Got Someone Else On The String / I'll Take Back All I've Said About You / We Live In Two Different Worlds / It's Your Time To Be Blue / The Letter That Broke My Heart / Soldiers Return / It's Raining Teardrops In My Heart / Teardrops And Empty Arms / The Code Of The Mountains / If You Don't Want Me Then Set Me Free / You'll Remember And Be Blue

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