About The Artist
Patsy Montana was a popular singing artist with the Prairie Ramblers on WLS and the National Barn Dance back in the late 30's and 40's. One of her most memorable recordings was her song, "I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart".
Patsy Montana was a native of Hope, Arkansas. Does that town sound familiar to you? Think of a recent U.S. President. She was a versatile entertainer. She could sing, play the violin and guitar. She was also a prolific song writer. Her trademark song became, "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart".
She got her start by winning an amateur radio contest at a theatre in Los Angeles, California. That led to a job with a local radio station in Hollywood, KMTR. At that time, she was using her real name, Ruby Blevins. She then joined a group of girl singers who called themselves the Montana Cowgirls. That group stayed together a few years. They appeared at such places as the Pendleton, Oregon Roundup, several Hoot Gibson rodeos, a movie called "Lightning Express" and also appeared on KFI with Al Pearce and His Gang.
In 1933, she visited the "Century of Progress" exposition in Chicago, Illinois with her brothers. While there, Patsy auditioned with WLS and got their immediate attention and joined the Prairie Ramblers group. But by 1944, she was no longer with the group, but was doing free lance work while tending to her family.
She appeared often on WLS and the National Barn Dance with the group, the Prairie Ramblers. Her popularity led to her also doing a number of movies with Republic.
At one time she had a ranch in Arkansas, "The Box R" as well as a home in Oak Park, Illinois when she was appearing on the National Barn Dance in Chicago.
This is just the beginning of what we've found about Patsy. Stay tuned as we add to this legendary artist's story as time goes by.
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