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Sunshine Ruby
Born:  October 19, 1939
KRLD Big D Jamboree
WFAA Saturday Night Shindig

About The Artist

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.; Derby, CT.

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Hearts Weren't Meant To Be Broken

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

RCA Victor
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  20-5250 A Hearts Weren't Meant To Be Broken
  20-5250 B Too Young To Tango
  20-5374 A Datin'
  20-5374 B Nobody Asked Me To Dance
  20-5467 A Little Girl Love
  20-5467 B Too Old For Toys
  20-5474 A I Wanna Do Something For Santa Claus
  20-5474 B Too Fat For The Chimney
  20-5582 A I Got My First Kiss Last Night
  20-5582 B That Ain't In Any Catalog
  20-5806 A I Think He Winked At Me
  20-5806 B I'm So Bashful
  20-5860 A Don't You Know I Love You?
  20-5860 B Hankerin'
  20-5930 A I Don't Care What The General Said
  20-5930 B My Daddy Has Two Sweethearts
  20-5931 A I Don't Care What The General Said
  20-5931 B My Daddy Has Two Sweethearts

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