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Crooners to Cowboys

Two of the Texas musicians best known and loved as Singing Cowboys are Gene Autry and Tex Ritter. When we see their pictures and hear their music, images of tumbleweeds, campfires and cattle drives spring to mind - a romantic and mythologized version of the Wild West, and something neither of these musicians experienced themselves. Watch their journeys from crooner to cowboy, and see the way a western image found its way into popular music.

Length: 8 minutes

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