Ozie Waters was born on a farm in Fulton, Missouri. When World War II came
along he decided to join the U.S. Navy and see the world and his first stop
was Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. While there, he made his first radio appearance
over the local KGU station, just playing his guitar and singing. While
in the service, he played with his band, the Colorado Rangers. Their
entertainment brought them citations from the government.
The folks in Honolulu must have liked what they heard for after his tour
of duty in the armed forces, they asked him back to do some commercial shows.
He started off singing on a radio station and his career grew to include
being a popular singing cowboy and movie picture star. In 1950, he was
recording for the Coral record label. His debut on the label were two
self-penned tunes, "Iron Horse" and "Father Time Is Knocking At My Door".
Ozie had appeared in 16 pictures by 1950 with Columbia and United Artists.
One was "Riders Of the Black Mesa" as part of the Durango Kid series for
Columbia. Later on, he saw those movies being re-released for television,
especially those he made with Hopalong Cassidy.
Ozie also wrote a few tunes, including such songs as:
- There'll Be a Rodeo In Tokyo and A Roundup In Old Berlin
- Tie A Saddle String Around Your Troubles
- Kiss Your Mommy Goodnight
- If Memories Were Money
By 1950, Ozie had a wife named Evangeline and they had two daughters,
Darlene and Melody Kathleen.
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 9, December 1950, Charlton Publishing Corp.,