Greetings from Asheville! Today’s Classic 45 is actually a classic 78. 1944 the year, Tex Ritter the artist. Tex is one of country music’s legendary western stars. He was a movie star, making 85 movies. But his forte’ was singing. Something he did extremely well. Tex made his first recordings in 1932 for the ARC group of labels (Melotone, Oriole, and Banner, among others). Tex kept recording until his death in 1973.
Today’s Classic 78 features two of Tex’s standards. “Jealous Heart” is a country classic. “We Live in Two Different Worlds” is one of Tex’s popular performances. Both sides were recorded at Capitol Records’ studios in Hollywood, California in September. Merle Travis was one of the session players. Released in October, “Jealous Heart” would debut on the Billboard Country Chart (called Folk, then) in December. The record would be one of Tex’s biggest hits, as it peaked at #2, while spending 23 weeks on the chart.
While “We Live in Two Different Worlds” didn’t chart, it still became one of the most popular songs among Tex Ritter’s fans. Popular enough that it’s often included on various Greatest Hits compilations.
Like many artists of his generation, Tex Ritter later remade both songs in more contemporary sounds, after the advent of stereo recordings. Yet, the originals still rank among the best of Tex Ritter.
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Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, and focuses on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.