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Red Garrett
WSM Grand Ole Opry
WAOV Vincennes, IN (1948)

Red Garrett was born in Barston, Tennessee. He developed a fondness for the music with a country flavor early in his life. Later, he formed a band called the "Tennessee Pioneers". He started his singing career in 1945.

A late 1953 magazine article, Cowboy Songs magazine included him as one of the "Stars On the Horizon". It also indicated he was working broadcasts back in Vincennes and Princeton, Indiana. In 1951, folks from the WSM Grand Ole Opry in Nashville had heard of him and sent for him. By 1953, he was still a member of the Opry. During his time with the Opry, he appeared on the same billing with such stars as Cowboy Copas, Eddy Arnold, Elton Britt, Slim Whitman and Webb Pierce among others. He also gathered a following up in Canada.

Around that same time, he signed a recording contract with RCA Victor. His first release for them was "Blame It On The Moonlight" b/w "Don't Be Ashamed of Your Past".

But, shortly after that it seems, another article mentioned he had disappeared from the music scene, but by about 1955, he had come back to performing.

In 1956, he had a record out on the Decca label entitled, "May You Never Be Alone - and A Bed of Roses". The song was a tribute to Hank Williams - it was said he actually imitated Hank when he sang the tune "May You Never Be Alone" but in the middle of the tune, he does a recitation, "and a Bed of Roses". The article that mentioned this tune also told us that the flip side, "Clear Sailing" was "weak."

It appears he also did some songwriting, too as we found he co-wrote a tune with Boudleaux Bryant called "Moon Tan".

We found a hint as to the type of artist he was for they wrote in the article, "..never refused to play in a town just because it was small and lacked celebrities to take notice of him."

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 29; November 1953; American Folk Publications, Inc.
  • Country Song Roundup No. 29; February 1954; American Folk Publications, Inc.
  • Country & Western Jamboree; April 1956; Maher Publications, Inc.; Chicago, IL
  • Country & Western Jamboree; November 1956; Maher Publications, Inc.; Chicago, IL
  • Country & Western Jamboree; January 1957; Maher Publications, Inc.; Chicago, IL

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Recordings
 
Decca
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  29742 A Papa Joe's Place
  29742 B Standing At The End Of The World
  29811 A Don't Believe a Thing I Say
  29811 B My Search On Earth Is O'er
  30047 A May You Never Be Alone - A Bed Of Roses
  30047 B Clear Sailing
 
RCA Victor
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  20-5242 A Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Past
  20-5242 B Blame It On The Moonlight
  20-5363 A Please
  20-5363 B They Got Me Singin' That Way
  20-5499 A Moon Tan
  20-5499 B Smoke Screen
  20-5621 A Bull's Eye
  20-5621 B Too Late To Plow Now
  20-5692 A That's Why I'm Happy
  20-5692 B You Played Taps To My Heart
  20-5783 A Long Gone
  20-5783 B Tell Me Again


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