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,
A family favorite, but no recording of Tex Fletcher singing it has been found.
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.
"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.
Deadwood, SD. Taken during filming of Frontier Diary, early '50s.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle 5/23/48 Pg 33 (1/2)
Peppered with both small and large Hokum!
South Dakota's Official Singing Cowboy
Days of '76 Rodeo. Tex Fletcher was presented with a handmade Gold and Silver belt buckle by his friends. See next photo.
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.
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!).
From February 16, 1946. Verified through March 1946 Billboard Magazine mention of this Hoedown appearance and his recent military discharge.
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!
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.
Pee Wee Miller, Bass Tony Fuscaldo, Accordion Tex, Chief Whoa Whoa
Accordionist, unknown Tex, Roy Horton, Bass
w/ Pee Wee Miller, Bass Tony Fiscaldo, Accordion
With Pee Wee Miller, Bass Tony Fuscaldo, Accordion Mr. Smith, Piano
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.
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."
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.
W/new custom ordered CF Martin D-42
This instrument plays and sounds fantastic today!
On display at the CF Martin Guitar Company Museum in Nazareth, PA
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".
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."
Paored with tracks by Lena Shane
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 (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
Tubb covered Fletcher's "Holdin' Hands."
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.
And More Bears (Bear Family) Reissue of SESAC A-43 and A-44
The reissue of every Decca side recorded by Tex Fletcher. The BACM do a great job of preserving historic American Music.
Decca Compilation An early repackaging of several of Tex Fletcher's Decca recordings.
A Webmeister Favorite!
A Webmeister Favorite!
A Webmeister Favorite!