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Original Texas Wranglers

About The Group

One of the outstanding hillbilly radio programs back in 1953 or so was on KCLW in Hamilton, Texas every weekday from 11:15 to 11:30am. It was the time for the Wranglers and they had been on KCLW for at least four years then.

Prior to their lengthy stay at KCLW, the group traveled through several different states for about two and a half years, performing at theatres and auditoriums.

Do you remember their "educated" horse, "Smoky boy," who, was the featured attraction on their stage shows?

One of their memories that remain was that while New Orleans the Wranglers did a benefit for the Charity Hospital and they put "Smoky Boy" was in the elevator and took him up to the 9th floor for their show for the patients.

The Original Texas Wranglers had a heavy schedule of dance and show dates that kept them moving all the time as was the case for many western swing bands. Back then, you might have found a copy of their release "Crying In My Beer" on the Dome record label.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group members included:

  • Murl Alexander, leader
  • Marshall Page
  • Fred Noland
  • Carroll "Pop" Troutt
  • Clyde Graham
Bobby Swinson

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup #22, April 1953, American Folk Publications, Inc. Derby, CT.

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