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Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan
Born:  October 29, 1916
Died:  July 31, 1994
KFOX Long Beach, CA
KWK St. Louis, MO
KXLA Pasadena, CA
KYA San Francisco, CA

About The Artist

Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan was said to be a true native son of the Golden West. When he was just 14, he decided he wanted to be a singing cowboy and enrolled in a mail order guitar instructional course.

He later was performing on radio station KWK out of St. Louis, Missouri and was there until he enlisted with the US Navy. He served as a radioman for five years in the armed forces. He also got to entertain the troops at numerous bases in the South Pacific during his hitch.

When he was discharged from the armed forces after the war, he decided to make Los Angeles, CA his home.

He recorded for Capitol Records for a time. His first record was "Tennessee Baby" b/w "Goodbye My One and Only"; it was released in 1949. He also had hits with tunes such as "It Had To Come Someday", "I'll Sail My Ship Alone", "Who's Kiddin' Who", "Hot Rod Race", and "I'll Make Believe".

While on the west coast, he played the various nightclubs with is band (we don't know the name, if any, of his band) in Southern California and was billing himself as "America's Cowboy Troubador".

He was about 5'10" and about 170 pounds back then. His other interests were said to include swimming and boxing.

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup No. 12, June 1951, Charlton Publishing Corp., Derby, CT.

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

4 Star
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1272 A You Will Have To Pay
  1272 B I'd Rather Be Living Alone
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1150 A I'll Hate Myself Tomorrow
  1150 B Wham Bam, Thank You Ma'am
  1245 A I've Got The Craziest Feeling
  1245 B Load Of Trouble
  1302 A R.F.D Blues
  1302 B I'll Make Believe
  1322 A Hot Rod Race
  1322 B Walkin' With The Blues
  1371 A Many's The Time
  1371 B Lost Love Blues
  1423 A I Always Play A Losing Hand
  1423 B Wine, Women And Pink Elephants
  1487 A The Spider And The Fly
  1487 B I'm Alone
  1633 A Hot Rod Race
  1633 B I'll Sail My Ship Alone
  1720 A Juke Box Boogie
  1720 B Sailor's Blues
  1832 A Until I Die
  1832 B That Last Love Letter
  1970 A Stingy
  1970 B Trade Winds Never Lie
  2006 A Got My Heart Set On You
  2006 B There's A Blue Sky Way Out Yonder
  2118 A Rack Up The Balls, Boys
  2118 B Rubber Ball Heart
  2244 A Nicotine Fits
  2244 B Hot Rod Mama
  2367 A Playin' Dominoes And Shootin' Dice
  2367 B Memories And Heartaches
  2482 A The Wheel That Does The Squeakin'
  2482 B I Can't Run Away
  2713 A Tool Pusher On A Rotary Rig
  2713 B If I Could Look Inside
  2830 A Look-A-Here, Baby
  2830 B I'll Never Go Sailing Again
  2977 A A Sailor's Letter
  2977 B I Wonder If I Can Lose The Blues This Way
  3150 A What's Another Broken Heart
  3150 B Jolly Captain Huddlestead
  40213 A Tennessee Baby
  40213 B Good-Bye My One And Only
  40261 A I'm Gonna Whittle You Down To My Size
  40261 B All Alone In Texas
  40287 A I Ain't Gonna Bring My Bacon Home To You
  40287 B Who's Kiddin' Who
  952 A I'll Sail My Ship Alone
  952 B It Had To Come Someday

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