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Dick Thomas
Born:  September 4, 1915
Died:  November 22, 2003
KFWB Los Angeles, CA

A native of Pennsylvania, Dick Thomas achieved some acclaim as a songwriter in addition to being a hillbilly singer of songs. He wrote "Sioux City Sue" and other favorites. Before he took some time off for World War II, he was making a name for himself in Hollywood night clubs as master of ceremonies and singer.

He recorded "Sioux City Sue" in July 1945 for a small label and when it became a hit, it was then recorded by twelve other artists in quick succession.

Dick grew up on his dad's form, riding the plow horses and dreaming of "...owning a saddle and riding the wide open spaces...". It wasn't until he got to Hollywood that those dreams came about.

He started his singing and yodeling in 1934 when he got hired by "Skipper" Frank SHannon as a yodeling cabin boy on a radio show called "SS All In Fun" which was heard over WPEN in Philadelphia from the Metropolitan Opera House.

He had a yearning to do more than sing about the west, so he packed it up and with his wife, "Mickey" and son, "Dicky", they made their way to California. He got into some western pictures and later, his own radio program over KFWB (now an all news radio station) in Hollywood. He was also on the "Lamplighter" program that was aired over the Mutual Don Lee Network and was hosted by Ted Yerxa.

In mid-1953, he had just recorded "A Stolen Waltz".

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 27 (July 1953); American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.

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Recordings
 
Decca
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  46114 A Can't You Take It Back And Change It For A Boy
  46114 B Rosalinda
  46118 A My Guitar Is My Sweetheart
  46118 B Roses Have Thorns (So They Tell Me)
  46127 A When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  46127 B Born To Lose
  46132 A The Beaut From Butte
  46132 B Two Car Garage
  46141 A Memories Of France
  46141 B My Daddy Is Only A Picture
  46147 A The Sister Of Sioux City Sue
  46147 B Charlotte Belle
  46156 A Sleepy Old Town
  46156 B Give Me Back My Heart
  46163 A Swiss Lullaby
  46163 B Queen Of The Poconos
  46191 A Foolish Tears
  46191 B Tennessee Local
  46229 A You Better Stop Telling Lies About Me
  46229 B One Man's Loss Is Another Man's Gain
  46301 A I'm Tyin' The Leaves So They Won't Come Down
  46301 B Esmerldy
 
Mercury
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5808 A The Little Boy I Knew
  5808 B Mistakes
  5864 A Don't Believe A Word They Say
  5864 B Wonder
 
MGM
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  11510 A Brass Ring Love
  11510 B Other Side By Ken Curtis
 
National
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5001 A Broken Heart
  5001 B You Never Loved Me
  5002 A San Antonio Serenade
  5002 B Cowboy In Khaki
  5003 A If Memories Were Money
  5003 B Down In Old Wyomin'
  5004 A Send This Purple Heart To My Sweetheart
  5004 B They'll Never Take Texas Out Of Me
  5005 A As Long As I Live I Will Love You
  5005 B I Don't Want A Million Sweethearts
  5007 A Tumblin' Tumbleweeds
  5007 B Sioux City Sue
  5008 A Half-Way To Montana
  5008 B Honestly
  5009 A Ridin' 'Neath The Arizona Moon
  5009 B Weary Nights And Broken Dreams
  5010 A Sioux City Sue
  5010 B Someday Darlin'
  5011 A Moanin' In The Mornin' Blues
  5011 B (I Can't Get Back) Too Soon To Tucson
  5012 A Ragtime Cowboy From Santa Fe
  5012 B Sleepyhead
  5013 A I've Got A Gal In Laramie
  5013 B I'm Going To Dry Up My Tears
  5014 A Rose Of The Alamo
  5014 B A Lonely Cowboy's Dream
 
Rita
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  R 113 A Side Tracked
  R 113 B Don't Keep It A Secret
 
Jubilee
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  4026 A Stolen Waltz
  4026 B Raindrops
 
Polo Records
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  7000 A Tiny Baby Shoes
  7000 B Making Excuses


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