Patsy Montana: The Cowboy's Sweetheart

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McFarland, Feb 15, 2002 - Music - 304 pages
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Born Ruby Rebecca Blevins in a log cabin nestled among the Arkansas Ozarks in 1908, Patsy Montana began her musical career performing in the 1920s with the California-based Montana Cowgirls trio. She went solo and in 1936 became the first female country and western singer to sell one million records with her self-penned "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart." Her career spanned eight decades, and in 1996 (also the year of her death) she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Here is the story of a tiny, blue-eyed woman who had a pioneering spirit and a big voice. Patsy Montana describes in her own words and in vivid detail her life, career, and success at a time in music history when women did not cut gold records, gold records were not even given, and Billboard did not even have a chart for western music.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
The Roaring Twenties
21
The Great Depression
37
The War Years
86
Rock and Roll
138
Folk Music
162
The Nostalgic Seventies
182
A Revival of Country and Western
190
Country Fades as Western Gains
212
Epilogue
261
Discography
267
Index
277
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Patsy Montana lives on as one of country and western's ground-breaking female artists. Jane Frost serves as the Director of The Patsy Montana Museum in Pineville, Missouri. She lives in Pineville.

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