An American country Singer, Songwriter, Actor.
He grew up on his family's farm in Panola County and attended grade school in Carthage. He then attended South Park High School in Beaumont.
Ritter, one of the early pioneers of country music, soon became interested in show business. In 1928, he sang on KPRC Radio in Houston, a thirty minute show featuring cowboy songs.
In that same year, he moved to New York City.
He sang songs and told tales of the Old West. Ritter wrote and starred in Cowboy Tom's Roundup on WINS Radio in New York in 1933.He appeared in several radio dramas.
In 1942, Ritter signed with the newly formed Capitol Records as their first Western singer and their first artist signed.
In 1952, Ritter recorded the movie title-track song "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin')", which became a hit. He sang "High Noon" at the first-ever televised Academy Awards ceremony in 1953.
The song received an Oscar for Best Song in 1953.
In 1953, he began performing on Town Hall Party on radio and television in Los Angeles.
He starred in his own TV music series, Ranch Party, in 1959, which was televised for four years. This also went National throughout Australia.
A founding member of the Country Music Association in Nashville, Tennessee.
He moved to Nashville in 1965 and began working for WSM Radio and the Grand Ole Opry. He also received a lifetime membership to the Opry.
His biggest selling hit was ’A DECK OF CARDS’and also ’HIGH NOON’.
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame - 1964
In 1974, he had a heart attack and died in Nashville.
Sing a Country Song (1973)
The Marshal of Windy Hollow (1972)
The Girl from Tobacco Row (1966)
Tom and Jerry (1965) TV
Ranch Party (1958) TV
Down Liberty Road (1956)
The First Bad Man (1955)
Apache Ambush (1955)
Wichita (1955) - Singer
Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory (1952)
Holiday Rhythm (1950)
Flaming Bullets (1945)
Frontier Fugitives (1945)
Three in the Saddle (1945)
Enemy of the Law (1945)
Marked for Murder (1945)
The Whispering Skull (1944)
Dead or Alive (1944)
Gangsters of the Frontier (1944)
Oklahoma Raiders (1944)
Cowboy Canteen (1944)
Marshal of Gunsmoke (1944)
Arizona Trail (1943)
Frontier Badmen (1943)
Lone Star Trail (1943)
Raiders of San Joaquin (1943)
Cheyenne Roundup (1943)
Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground (1943)
The Old Chisholm Trail (1942)
Little Joe, the Wrangler (1942)
Deep in the Heart of Texas (1942)
Vengeance of the West (1942)
Prairie Gunsmoke (1942)
The Devil's Trail (1942)
North of the Rockies (1942)
Bullets for Bandits (1942)
Lone Star Vigilantes (1942)
Roaring Frontiers (1941)
King of Dodge City (1941)
The Pioneers (1941)
Ridin' the Cherokee Trail (1941)
Rolling Home to Texas (1940)
Take Me Back to Oklahoma (1940)
Arizona Frontier (1940)
Roll, Wagons, Roll (1940)
Rainbow Over the Range (1940)
The Golden Trail (1940)
Cowboy from Sundown (1940)
Pals of the Silver Sage (1940)
Rhythm of the Rio Grande (1940)
Westbound Stage (1939)
Riders of the Frontier (1939)
Down the Wyoming Trail (1939)
The Man from Texas (1939)
Rollin' Westward (1939)
Sundown on the Prairie (1939)
Song of the Buckaroo (1938)
Where the Buffalo Roam (1938)
Starlight Over Texas (1938)
The Utah Trail (1938)
Rollin' Plains (1938)
Frontier Town (1938)
Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts (1937)
The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen (1937)
Riders of the Rockies (1937)
Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937)
Hittin' the Trail (1937)
Trouble in Texas (1937)
Arizona Days (1937)
Headin' for the Rio Grande (1936)
Song of the Gringo (1936)
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