Patsy Montana: The Cowboy's Sweetheart

Overview

Born Ruby Rebecca Blevins in a log cabin nestled among the Arkansas Ozarks in 1908, Patsy Montana began her musical career performing in the 1920s with the California-based Montana Cowgirls trio. She went solo and in 1936 became the first female country and western singer to sell one million records with her self-penned "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart." Her career spanned eight decades, and in 1996 (also the year of her death) she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Here is the story of a tiny, ...

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Overview

Born Ruby Rebecca Blevins in a log cabin nestled among the Arkansas Ozarks in 1908, Patsy Montana began her musical career performing in the 1920s with the California-based Montana Cowgirls trio. She went solo and in 1936 became the first female country and western singer to sell one million records with her self-penned "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart." Her career spanned eight decades, and in 1996 (also the year of her death) she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Here is the story of a tiny, blue-eyed woman who had a pioneering spirit and a big voice. Patsy Montana describes in her own words and in vivid detail her life, career, and success at a time in music history when women did not cut gold records, gold records were not even given, and Billboard did not even have a chart for western music.

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Editorial Reviews

Western Clippings
covers her colorful life and success in great detail with vivid memories
Country Musical Trails Less Traveled
very thorough...many rare...photos
Yankee Country Echoes
Patsy's story, in her own words, wonderfully gathered together...a must
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786410804
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Patsy Montana lives on as one of country and western's ground-breaking female artists. Jane Frost serves as the Director of The Patsy Montana Museum in Pineville, Missouri. She lives in Pineville.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3
Prologue 5
1. 1900: The Turn of the Century "Bill Clinton is from Hope, Arkansas, and he may be more famous than I am, but I got there first" 7
2. 1920s: The Roaring Twenties "Ten brothers and every one of 'em had a sister except me" 21
3. 1930s: The Great Depression "Yodelin's handy if you forget the lyrics" 37
4. 1940s: The War Years "Our kids were a little strange; they always ordered chicken noodle soup for breakfast" 86
5. 1950s: Rock and Roll "Did you know that you can't pat your foot if a hole in the sole is hung on a nail on the stage?" 138
6. 1960s: Folk Music "If I get behind on the first verse I just get a little ahead on the next one" 162
7. 1970s: The Nostalgic Seventies "I may be too young for Medicare and too old for men to care--but I don't think so" 182
8. 1980s: A Revival of Country and Western "Some of the best cowboys I know are women" 190
9. 1990s: Country Fades as Western Gains "My guitar gains a pound every year" 212
Epilogue 261
Appendix 1. Discography 267
Appendix 2. Published Compositions 272
Index 277
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