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Who Randy Atcher
What Singing cowboy Randy Atcher dies
When October 9, 2002
Where Louisville, KY

Singing cowboy Randy Atcher dies

Associated Press

Randy Atcher, the singing cowboy on a WHAS-TV children's program for nearly 20 years, died today. He was 83.

"T-Bar-V," featured Atcher, with his 10-gallon hat and guitar, and his sidekick, the late Tom "Cactus" Brooks. Some of Atcher's best known songs were "Happy, Happy Birthday," "Get Yourself a Savings Bank" and the "T-Bar-V" theme, which encouraged kids to "brush your teeth each morning, get lots of sleep at night."

Atcher had been fighting cancer and was at home a week before his death at a hospice in Louisville, said his wife, Betty. His condition worsened considerably during the past week, she said.

"T-Bar-V" aired from 1951 to 1970. Brooks, who was the brother of the late actor Foster Brooks, died at age 87 in 1997.

Betty Atcher estimated that her husband sang the birthday song to more than 150,000 children.

Additional information about Randy Atcher and his career can also be found at the WHAS-TV web site and the Louisville Courier-Journal Site(Note: Some news media sites require user registration to read articles.):

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