Sunshine Ruby was a native of Myrtle Springs, Texas, a town about
50 miles east of Dallas. Her real name was Ruby Bateman.
She started entertaining at an early age by performing in the school
plays and neighborhood gatherings.
Things kept happening for Sunshine Ruby, for it wasn't too long before
Bob and Joe Shelton called her and wanted her to appear on their
barn dance show. At the time, she was singing in a school choir
when she made her professional debut when she was just eleven years old
on the "Texas Barn Dance" at the Mayfair Club
that aired over KTBB in Tyler, Texas. She was a big hit with the audiences
there and was with the show for eleven weeks.
From there, she went to radio station KTER in Terrell, Texas where she did
a daily fifteen-minute program with Joe Shelton.
One weekend, she was in Dallas and was able to attend the Big D Jamboree
that aired over KRLD. Al Turner, the show's producer, put her on that show
for just one song. Or so he thought. The crowd liked her so much, they made
her do three numbers before letting her leave the stage. She was invited back
to the Big D Jamboree the next Saturday and became a regular member of the cast.
Her popularity on the show was such that they called her "The Sweetheart
of the Big D Jamboree".
When she was all of 13 years old, she was signed to a recording contract
by the RCA Victor label back in the mid-1950s. Her first record, which
was released in 1953, was "Too Young To Tango".
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No.28; September 1953, American Folk Publications, Inc.;
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