Woodward Maurice “Tex” Ritter (January 12, 1905 – January 2, 1974) was a pioneer of American country music, a popular singer and actor from the mid 1930s into the 1960s, and the patriarch of the Ritter acting family (son John, grandsons Jason and Tyler, and granddaughter Carly). He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
He studied pre-law and majored in government, political science, and economics, but his interest in show business saw him move to singing and he appeared on a 30-minute TV program of mostly cowboy songs. He moved to New York City and landed a job in the men’s chorus of the Broadway show The New Moon (1928).
In 1932, he starred in New York City’s first broadcast Western, The Lone Star Rangers where he sang and told tales of the Old West. Ritter wrote and starred in Cowboy Tom’s Roundup in 1933, (a daily children’s cowboy program).
Tex Ritter Backing Tracks : There’s A New Moon Over My Shoulder