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Presentation pack cover
Presentation pack cover
Page from presentation pack
Page from presentation pack
Harrison, NY
Harrison, NY
Good gig.
Good gig.

No one in the Fletcher family can recall our father ever talking about this, however, a chance meeting in the 1990s between a semi retired musician named LaFalce who was on the gig and Tex's son George resulted in this program. Mr. LaFalce knew of Tex Fletcher through radio and remembered them both performing for the President very clearly,

Fletcher Family Day of Memories
Fletcher Family Day of Memories
NYS Country Music Hall of Honors
NYS Country Music Hall of Honors
Grand River Hymn
Grand River Hymn
Grand River Hymn - dedication page
Grand River Hymn - dedication page
Harding County Home
Harding County Home
Tipperary
Tipperary
The Last Trail
The Last Trail

A family favorite, but no recording of Tex Fletcher singing it has been found.

The Last Trail
The Last Trail
The Lord is in the Saddle Tonight
The Lord is in the Saddle Tonight
A Cowboy Ain't A Cowboy Anymore
A Cowboy Ain't A Cowboy Anymore
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20376_F0092_Tex_Fletcher_001
Cool Water
Cool Water
When the Work's All Done This Fall
When the Work's All Done This Fall
Rosie the Redskin
Rosie the Redskin

There are a few items from the early part of Tex Fletcher's career that would not be acceptable today. This item, for one But the fact is Fletcher had a profound respect for Native American people and culture and didn't believe that the US Government treatment did enough to protect their Heritage and land.

Rock Me in the Cradle of the Rockies
Rock Me in the Cradle of the Rockies
Cradle of the Rockies sheet
Cradle of the Rockies sheet

"For professional use only." It has not been established just what "professional use only" means. Perhaps this is from the fine orchestra that Tex recorded the soundtrack for "Six Gun Rhythm" with.

Rock Me to Sleep in My Rocky Mountainn Home
Rock Me to Sleep in My Rocky Mountainn Home
My Adobe Hacienda
My Adobe Hacienda
Ripley's
Ripley's
I'd Like to be in Texas ...
I'd Like to be in Texas ...
There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder
There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder
Hallelujah I'm a Bum
Hallelujah I'm a Bum
Collection of Cowboy Songs
Collection of Cowboy Songs
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18
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Calamity Jane's gravesite.
Calamity Jane's gravesite.

Deadwood, SD. Taken during filming of Frontier Diary, early '50s.

Main St Buffalo SD
Main St Buffalo SD
Brooklyn Daily Eagle September 2, 1936 Page 8
Brooklyn Daily Eagle September 2, 1936 Page 8

Brooklyn Daily Eagle 5/23/48 Pg 33 (1/2)

Brooklyn Daily Eagle September 2, 1936 Page 8
Brooklyn Daily Eagle September 2, 1936 Page 8
Personal appearence tour
Personal appearence tour
A curious piece
A curious piece

Peppered with both small and large Hokum!

South Dakota's Official Singing Cowboy

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misc2
BoysClub
BoysClub
books
books
Aug 11, 1954, Black Hills Weekly
Aug 11, 1954, Black Hills Weekly

Days of '76 Rodeo. Tex Fletcher was presented with a handmade Gold and Silver belt buckle by his friends. See next photo.

Belt Buckle
Belt Buckle

Presented By Jim Madden & Harley Roth Sturgis, SD (Aug. 11) 1954. "Tex Fletcher Champion Cowboy Entertainer." Gold and Silver belt buckle that Tex Fletcher wore every day until his passing. Neither the cowboy nor the entertainer ever left him.

Tex's grandson, Justin
Tex's grandson, Justin

Given to him by his uncle George on the day that that South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard sent a proclamation to the family as they gathered for a reunion in the summer of 2016 in the Black Hills. declaring June 5th, 2016 The Fletcher Family Day of Memories. Pretty cool getting an official gubernatorial designation for a family reunion!! (Thanks for that, Mike!).

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Argus_Leader_Mon__Feb_4__1946_
Argus_Leader_Sat__Jun_6__1959_
Argus_Leader_Sat__Jun_6__1959_
Spearfish Queen City Mail 7/7/55
Spearfish Queen City Mail 7/7/55
Spearfish Queen City Mail July 7, 55
Spearfish Queen City Mail July 7, 55
Ripley's
Ripley's
Short Pine Hills of South Dakota
Short Pine Hills of South Dakota

Late 1920s.

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rodeo1
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rodeo3
WFIL HOEDOWN FLYER
WFIL HOEDOWN FLYER

From February 16, 1946. Verified through March 1946 Billboard Magazine mention of this Hoedown appearance and his recent military discharge.

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rodeo2
On the Road
On the Road

In addition to staying busy at the Village Barn and thanks largely to WOR/Mutual, Tex Fletcher had a large rural following and logged a lot of miles on country roads or on trains throughout the northeast in the '30s and '40s!

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TexFletcherFredTootsie129-S
Goldie, March of Dimes
Goldie, March of Dimes
Deadwood, SD City Hall
Deadwood, SD City Hall
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Highway85
Village Barn souvenir photo holder
Village Barn souvenir photo holder
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villagebarn
World Championship rodeo 1936
World Championship rodeo 1936

At Madison Square Garden "2-Gun" Jack Gillette, Fiddle, Trumpet. Tex. Pee Wee Miller, Bass, Tony Fuscaldo, Accordion. This photo, courtesy of "uncle" Tony Fuscaldo, had everybody identified by name, but at 90+ years old he couldn't recall the bassist's last name. An internet search turned up photos of country musician Pee Wee Miller that closely resemble the bassist in this, and other photos on the Website. Research on all aspects of Fletcher's career and his sidemen is ongoing.

Village Barn, NYC
Village Barn, NYC

Pee Wee Miller, Bass Tony Fuscaldo, Accordion Tex, Chief Whoa Whoa

Village Barn, NYC
Village Barn, NYC

Accordionist, unknown Tex, Roy Horton, Bass

Village Barn, NYC
Village Barn, NYC

w/ Pee Wee Miller, Bass Tony Fiscaldo, Accordion

Brand New D-42!
Brand New D-42!
Village Barn, NYC
Village Barn, NYC

With Pee Wee Miller, Bass Tony Fuscaldo, Accordion Mr. Smith, Piano

Patchogue 1940s
Patchogue 1940s

Sidemen unknown

Village Barn, NYC
Village Barn, NYC

Accordionist, unknown, Tex, George Henkel, Bass. George Henkel was Tex's Father-in-law, and a respected "Society" band leader in the tri-state area, obviously picking up some sub work! Also the guy this Webmeister was named after. Fine violinist, as well.

w/Gene and Ina Autry, Village Barn.
w/Gene and Ina Autry, Village Barn.

Gene and Ina Autry attend a Tex Fletcher show at the Village Barn, Manhattan, mid-'40s. Gene recorded two of Fletcher's tunes. "Way Out West In Texas" and "Lone Star Trail."

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Location unknowm

In addition to radio, TV and nightclubs, Tex Fletcher gave freely of his time and talents to benefit schools, churches, civic organizations and kids causes.

Circa 1936
Circa 1936

W/new custom ordered CF Martin D-42

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CF Martin D-42 as it appears today
CF Martin D-42 as it appears today

This instrument plays and sounds fantastic today!

Tex Fletcher's D-42
Tex Fletcher's D-42

On display at the CF Martin Guitar Company Museum in Nazareth, PA

Are you from Dixie?
Are you from Dixie?

Compilation CD

33 1/3 10" EP
33 1/3 10" EP

Great sounding recordings with wonderful musicians. Sadly, Waldorf Music Hall and it's later incarnation, Grand Award were "budget" labels produced exclusively for Woolworth's and received no promotion beyond store walls. Tex's "Grand River Waltz" is a standout. So profitable were these recordings, that Waldorf repackaged the tracks in every format of the day and paired them with tracks by singer, Lena Shane on "On The Trail" and and Country Music Hall of Famer, Rosalie Allen on "Rodeo".

45 RPM 4 song EP
45 RPM 4 song EP
45 RPM EP.
45 RPM EP.

B/W tracks from Country Music Hall of Famer Rosalie Allen. Allen spoke at length about the sessions with George Fletcher. She said she knew him as a fellow NYC radio broadcaster and performer, did some Hootenanny gigs with him also on the bill. She said that she loved his voice and personality, that he was a really commanding performer and that he was all business in the recording studio. She also remembered him "Smoking like a stack."

On The Trail
On The Trail

Paored with tracks by Lena Shane

Waldorf tracks reissue. Grand Award
Waldorf tracks reissue. Grand Award

w/Country Music Hall of Famer member Rosalie Allen, however they don't actually appear on each others songs and there are no duets. This record or songs culled from it was reproduced on all formats incl. 78, 45, and 33 1/3.

Deep In The Heart of Texas
Deep In The Heart of Texas

Deep In The Heart Of Texas (Grammoclub Ex Libris GC 458, Switzerland) 7” EP Yet another reissue of Waldorf Music Hall MF33-169) The Sons Of The Purple Sage And Tex Fletcher* With "Shorty" Warren And His Western Rangers

Final record release, 1965
Final record release, 1965
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Ernest-Tubb-Country-Hits-Old-478839

Tubb covered Fletcher's "Holdin' Hands."

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Glen-Ohrlin-The-Wild-Buckaroo
Gene Autry
Gene Autry

Gene Autry and Tex were acquainted, and Gene performed both "Lone Star Trail" and "Way Out West In Texas" on his Melody Ranch radio programs. Both tracks are on this terrific CD and other Autry reissues.

Riding the Range CD cover
Riding the Range CD cover

And More Bears (Bear Family) Reissue of SESAC A-43 and A-44

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British Archives of Country Music
British Archives of Country Music

The reissue of every Decca side recorded by Tex Fletcher. The BACM do a great job of preserving historic American Music.

Cowboy Image
Cowboy Image

Decca Compilation An early repackaging of several of Tex Fletcher's Decca recordings.

Decca Blue Label 5000 Series
Decca Blue Label 5000 Series

A Webmeister Favorite!

Decca Blue Label 5000 Series
Decca Blue Label 5000 Series

A Webmeister Favorite!

Decca Blue Label 5000 Series
Decca Blue Label 5000 Series

A Webmeister Favorite!

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