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Rita Robbins
Born:  August 15, 1932
WSM Grand Ole Opry
WSM Nashville, TN
WWPB Miami, FL (1954)

Rita Marie Winters came into the world in Claxton (or Dayton? or Daisy?), Georgia back in 1932. Country music fans came to know her has Rita Robbins. Her first stage appearance was at the age of six at a school play. She began her musical journey singing with her family at various U. S. Army camps around Savannah, Georgia during World War II.

As a youngster, she would often enter local talent contests. But one in particular probably stands out in her memories. During one contest, for selling U. S. Bonds, her talents helped sell $50,000 worth of bonds.

When she graduated from high school, she became an airline stewardess with Peninsula Air Transport. Her work would take her to such cities as Chicago, Detroit, New York, Dallas and Tulsa. Her family had moved to Miami, Florida around 1949 or so. This may be where that airline was based. Her first television appearance was over a station in Miami.

Her father was a disc jockey and band leader by the name of George Winters. According to one article, he encouraged her musical career and helped her develop an "...unusual and infectious style of delivery."

At one point she teamed up with Anita Carter and Ruby Wells on a few recordings. She also recorded a tune with her brother, Don Winters.

It should be noted that Rita did not really start to think about a career as a performer until her brother Don did an audition tape for Cameo Records back in 1953. Somebody liked what they heard of her on that recording session and signed Rita to the Cameo label. Her first release for Cameo was said to be "Take A Look At That Moon."

Pee Wee King reported in his column in 1955 that Rita had appeared on his television show.

Country & Western Jamboree spoke favorably of her release on RCA that included the tunes "Don't Take All The Love" b/w "Go Between" and thought it was a toss-up as to which side was the "A" side.

In 1955, Country & Western Jamboree's Disc Jockey poll ranked her Number 4 among "Top New Female Singers" behind Myrna Lorrie, Ginny Wright and Betty Amos. The next year, she was named one of the "Top Female Singers".

Her career appears to have been short-lived as we have found no mention of her after 1958.

Credits and Sources

  • Pickin' and Singin' News; Vol. II No. 26; January 31, 1955; Fountain Publications, Inc.; Nashville, TN
  • Country and Western Jamboree; March 1955; Maher Publications, Inc.; Chicago, IL
  • Cowboy Songs; No. 40; April 1955; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Cowboy Songs; No. 42; August 1955; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Country Song Roundup; No. 38; May 1955; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Country Song Roundup; No. 39; July 1955; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Country and Western Jamboree; July 1955; Maher Publications, Inc.; Chicago, IL
  • Cowboy Songs; No. 43; October 1955; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Country and Western Jamboree; February 1956; Maher Publications, Inc.; Chicago, IL
  • Country and Western Jamboree; May 1956; Maher Publications, Inc.; Chicago, IL
  • Country and Western Jamboree; December 1956; Maher Publications, Inc.; Chicago, IL
  • Country and Western Jamboree; January 1957; Maher Publications, Inc.; Chicago, IL

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Recordings
 
RCA Victor
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  20-5855 A Take A Look At That Moon
  20-5855 B Whither Thou Goest
  20-5856 A If You Don't Somebody Else Will
  20-5856 B The Hook
  20-5959 A Don't Take All The Love
  20-5959 B Go-Between
  20-6083 A How Long Do You Cry?
  20-6083 B My Foolish Tears
  20-6091 A Flower Of My Heart (w/Don Winters)
  20-6091 B Two Hearts, Two Kisses (w/Don Winters)
  20-6234 A Lonely Heart
  20-6234 B You're Still A Part Of Me
  20-6354 A Blue Wedding Bells
  20-6354 B Get Away
  20-6440 A How Long?
  20-6440 B Miss The Love
  20-6516 A Before You Go
  20-6516 B I'm Gonna Do It Too
  20-6612 A Teenage Crush
  20-6612 B Why Don't You Be Good?
  20-6726 A Break The News Gently To Billy
  20-6726 B Too Late
  47-5959 A Don't Take All The Love
  47-5959 B The Go-Between


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