The year before I graduated from college at Western KY... I had a good friend who was also an accounting major....who graduated a year before me.... who took a job at an accounting firm in Nashville (an hour from Bowling Green).
He got an apartment in Nashville ......
The guy who had the apartment next to his was Tex Ritter.
They became good friends and he told me about some of their times together.
Now, I can't remember my friend's name...am I getting old... or what?
Funny that you should bring this up Max - I just happened to be looking over my Comparative Video 101 site and remembered that the very first post that I wrote and put up here on Xroads (under the rather lame heading of "Weekend Videos" since I always wrote them at the end of my 14 hour working Thursdays) was on "Remember The Alamo" and included Ritter's excellent rendition.
CV101 On "Alamo"
Jane Bowers wrote it in 1954 and had to be delighted when Tex Ritter picked it up in 1955 and made a moderate hit of it. I've never been able to run down accurately how Bowers connected with the KT, though I seem to recall it was through Dave Guard. Bowers lived her whole life (1921-2000) in Texas but also connected in songwriting ("El Matador") with the great Irving Burgie, who spent his whole life in New York.
(Burgie you may recall was the primary musical architect of Harry Belafonte's success, and as we know, it was Belafonte's dominance in record sales - the first RIAA certified million-selling LP - that sparked Voyle Gilmore's and Capitol's interest in recording the Trio.)
"Alamo" was also the first YouTube video I ever made, and 14 years later I have 8 million views on my 2 YouTube channels. I thought that this video wasn't half bad for a first effort: