Patsy Montana was a popular singing artist with the Prairie Ramblers
on WLS and the National Barn Dance back in the late 30's and 40's.
One of her most memorable recordings was her song, "I Wanna Be a Cowboy's
Patsy Montana was a native of Hope, Arkansas. Does that town sound familiar
to you? Think of a recent U.S. President. She was a versatile
entertainer. She could sing, play the violin and guitar. She was also
a prolific song writer. Her trademark song became, "I Want To Be a Cowboy's
She got her start by winning an amateur radio contest at a theatre
in Los Angeles, California. That led to a job with a local radio station
in Hollywood, KMTR. At that time, she was using her real name, Ruby
Blevins. She then joined a group of girl singers who called themselves
the Montana Cowgirls. That group stayed together a few years. They appeared
at such places as the Pendleton, Oregon Roundup, several Hoot Gibson rodeos,
a movie called "Lightning Express" and also appeared on KFI with Al Pearce
and His Gang.
In 1933, she visited the "Century of Progress" exposition in Chicago, Illinois
with her brothers. While there, Patsy auditioned with WLS and got their
immediate attention and joined the Prairie Ramblers group. But by 1944,
she was no longer with the group, but was doing free lance work while
tending to her family.
She appeared often on WLS and the National Barn Dance with the group,
the Prairie Ramblers. Her popularity led to her also doing a number
of movies with Republic.
At one time she had a ranch in Arkansas, "The Box R" as well as a home
in Oak Park, Illinois when she was appearing on the National Barn Dance
This is just the beginning of what we've found about Patsy. Stay tuned
as we add to this legendary artist's story as time goes by.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
- Patsy's real name was Ruby Blevens
- Married Paul Rose in 1934 (he was the secretary to Mac and Bob,
another famous WLS duo) and had two daughters, Beverly and Judy.
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 3; December 1949; Charlton Publishing Corp.;
- The Billboard Music Year Book 1944; Billboard Publishing Company, Inc.
- Photos from 1983 courtesy of Dick Hill, Country & Western Music
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