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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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The Yodelling Cowboy Sings Red River Dave: The Yodelling Cowboy Sings Art-Nr.: CDJAS3559

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(2005/JASMINE) 27 tracks Red River Dave McENERY, is one of the finest and most versatile voices of the 'Singing Cowboy' era. This CD features the rare, original recording of the classic story song 'Amelia Earhart's Last Flight' written...
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There Is A Blue Sky Way Out Yonder Red River Dave: There Is A Blue Sky Way Out Yonder Art-Nr.: CDJAS3582

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(2007/JASMINE) 29 tracks 1940/50s
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Authentic Hillbilly Ballads & Topical Songs Vol.1 (LP) Red River Dave: Authentic Hillbilly Ballads & Topical Songs... Art-Nr.: LPIMAR110

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 ,- Deluxe vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. Notorious for his 1970 song 'California Hippie Murders!' - a ghoulish, harrowing, yodeling retelling of the infamous (Charles Manson masterminded) Tate-La-Bianca slayings - Red River...
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Authentic Hillbilly Ballads & Topical Songs Vol.1 (CD) Red River Dave: Authentic Hillbilly Ballads & Topical Songs... Art-Nr.: CDOMNI192

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(2017/Omni) 27 tracks 1964-1976 (79:09) with 12 page booklet.  ,- Notorious for his 1970 song 'California Hippie Murders!' – a ghoulish, harrowing, yodelling retelling of the infamous (Charles Manson masterminded) Tate-La-Bianca...
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Songs Of The West (CD) Red River Dave: Songs Of The West (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJFF301

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(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...
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