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Red River Dave: Songs Of The West (CD)

(and more bears) 8 Tracks - Digipack - Limited Edition: 300 copies

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Red River Dave McEnery (1914-2002) had a career that stretched across eight decades. His classmates tagged him 'Red River Dave' because he often sang 'Red River Valley' around the schoolyard. His family hit hard by the Depression, the youth hopped freight trains searching for work. By 1935 he was in Petersburg, Virginia, singing cowboy songs over a small radio station. That December a Greyhound bus accident in a nearby town inspired him to pen a song about the tragedy. During the next 67 years he wrote countless thousands of western and topical songs, including the enduring 'Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight.'

Moving to New York City in 1938, McEnery launched a show over WOR that was carried to radio stations nationwide via the Mutual network. First recording for Decca in 1940, he free-lanced for various independent labels during World War II. When the Chicago-based Sonora Records asked the singer to record eight western ballads for an album, McEnery augmented old standbys like 'Home on the Range' and 'Red River Valley' with then-current cowboy songs and two originals. Released in August 1944, Songs of the West became one of the label’s better-selling albums. When Sonora went bankrupt four years later, many of its tracks resurfaced on budget LPs.

Returning to San Antonio in 1952, McEnery appeared on local television until 1957, when he established his own real estate agency. Remaining active in music, he began recording and pressing limited-run 45s about topical events, selling them via mail order and at personal appearances. After his wife’s death in 1974, McEnery moved to Nashville. Sporting cowboy garb with gold-painted boots, he became one of Music City’s more colorful characters. As skilled with a lariat as he was with his guitar and pen, McEnery spent his later years entertaining at Knott’s Berry Farm in Anaheim, California.

Dave Samuelson
Camden, Indiana
August 2019

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  • Interpret: Red River Dave

  • Album titlle: Songs Of The West (CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label And More Bears

  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2019
  • EAN: 4251625917785

  • weight in Kg 0.09
Red River Dave - Songs Of The West (CD) CD 1
01 Is The Range Still The Same Back Home Red River Dave
02 Home On The Range Red River Dave
03 The Last Round-Up Red River Dave
04 Wagon Trail Red River Dave
05 Ole Faithful Red River Dave
06 Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle Red River Dave
07 Empty Saddles Red River Dave
08 Red River Valley Red River Dave
Red River Dave born: San Antonio, Texas, December 15, 1914; died: January 15, 2002 A veteran... more
"Red River Dave"

Red River Dave

born: San Antonio, Texas, December 15, 1914; died: January 15, 2002

A veteran western entertainer whose career spans seven decades, Red River Dave is best known as a prolific com-poser of topical, patriotic, and sentimental ballads.

A native of San Antonio, David McEnery toured the rodeo circuits as a youth, winning Texas championships at rope twirling and yodeling. With interest in singing cow-boys at a peak, McEnery began his broadcasting career in San Antonio and on BORDER RADIO before moving east in the mid-1930s. After performing on stations in Virginia and Florida, he landed a regular slot on WOR–New York, in 1938; the Mutual Radio Network fed his program to its nationwide affiliates.

Encouraged by songwriter-publisher Bob Miller, McEnery began writing and recording topical songs; "Amelia Earhart's Last Flight" became a country- folk standard. In May 1939 he sang on an experimental television broadcast at the New York World's Fair.

Returning to Texas after World War II, McEnery re-corded for numerous postwar labels, appeared in several low-budget westerns, and began performing over WOAI–San Antonio. He also cut transcriptions for Mexi-can border stations. McEnery was a popular San Antonio television personality through the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1967 he largely retired from music to concentrate on his real-estate business, although he continued producing self-accompanied topical singles on his own labels. He re-turned to music in the late 1970s in Nashville; he then moved to California, where he occasionally performed at Knott's Berry Farm near Anaheim. — Dave Samuelson

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Tracklist
Red River Dave - Songs Of The West (CD) CD 1
01 Is The Range Still The Same Back Home
02 Home On The Range
03 The Last Round-Up
04 Wagon Trail
05 Ole Faithful
06 Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle
07 Empty Saddles
08 Red River Valley