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Foy Willing


Vocalist, songwriter, and professional Foy Ready was most widely known as the creator from the Riders from the Crimson Sage, a favorite cowboy music group known for his or her harmonies and looks in low-budget Westerns through the ’40s and ’50s. Created Foy Willingham in Bosque Region, TX, he started like a soloist and person in a gospel group on regional radio. In 1933 he started appearing on the radio display in NEW YORK but remaining in 1935 to are a radio announcer back Tx. In 1940 Ready shifted to California and got established a edition from the Riders there (the music group had in fact been founded in 1936 by Buck Web page and some others). Willing’s Riders included Patti Web page on vocals, fiddler Johnny Paul, and accordionist Ken Coopern. Globe Battle II call ups triggered the lineup to fluctuate during this time period, however the group do involve some success within the charts, like the nation Best Tens “Tx Blues” (1944) and “Possess I Informed You Recently That I REALLY LIKE You” and “Detour,” both from 1946. Ready and his music group also made an appearance on radio displays and also dabbled in film. In 1944, they produced their feature film debut in Cowboy From Lonesome River, a Traditional western offering Charles Starrett. The next year, the music group began appearing frequently within the All Celebrity Western Theatre. They continued showing up in films with the 10 years and in 1948 became Roy Rogers’ fresh backup music group following the Sons from the Pioneers remaining. The Willing-led Riders disbanded in 1952, though he continuing to utilize the name for several years after his semiretirement from carrying out. During the past due ’50s and early ’60s, the group sometimes reunited to record and perform, and Ready went on to seem at Western celebrations through the 1970s. Willing passed away July 24th, 1978, in Nashville, TN. He was 63.

Quick Facts

Date Of Birth May 14, 1914
Died July 14, 1978, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Sharon Lee
Music Songs Holiday For The Blues, Texas Blues, Prairie Echoes, Blue Shadows On The Trail, Ridin' Down To Santa Fe, My Heart Is Blind, A Cowboy Has To Sing, Beautiful Moon Over Texas, Someone Won Your Heart, Cool, Cool Water, Cowboys And Indians, No One To Cry To, Soft Winds, The Old Chisholm Trail, Hang Your Head In Shame, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, Dreary Black Hills, Columbus Stockade, Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie, Wanderer's Dream, Rose Of San Antone, What A Fool, Fire Ball Mail, Detour, Blue Shadows, Red River Valley, Just Because, Caffeine And Nicotine, Cowboy
Albums Tumbling Tumbleweeds (10 Timeless Western Songs), More Riders of the Purple Sage, Cowboy
Movies Trigger, Jr.

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1 Leader of the Riders of the Purple Sage.



Down in the Valley 2005 writer: "No One To Cry To"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Last Musketeer 1952 writer: "I Still Love the West"
Texas Carnival 1951 performer: "Whoa, Emma!"
Disc Jockey 1951 writer: "Peaceful Country"
In Old Amarillo 1951 writer: "Wasteland"
Heart of the Rockies 1951 writer: "Prairie Country"
Spoilers of the Plains 1951 writer: "Happy Trails in Sunshine Valley" - uncredited
Trail of Robin Hood 1950 : uncredited" - writer: "Home Town Jubilee", uncredited
Sunset in the West 1950 writer: "Sunset In The West"
Trigger, Jr. 1950 writer: "Stampede", "The Big Rodeo" - uncredited
Twilight in the Sierras 1950 writer: "Pancho's Rancho", "Twilight in the Sierras", "It's One Wonderful Day"
Bells of Coronado 1950 writer: "Save a Smile For a Rainy Day", "Got No Time For the Blues", "Bells of Coronado"
Lawless Code 1949 writer: "I'll Be A Cowboy 'Till I Die"
The Golden Stallion 1949 writer: "The Golden Stallion", "There's Always Time For A Song"
Down Dakota Way 1949 writer: "The ABC Song"
Susanna Pass 1949 performer: "Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes", "A Good, Good Mornin'", "Susanna Pass" / writer: "A Good, Good Mornin'"
Gun Law Justice 1949 writer: "Rose Of Old Santa Fe"
The Far Frontier 1948 writer: "I Still Love the West" - uncredited
Grand Canyon Trail 1948 performer: "Everything's Going My Way" / writer: "Everything's Going My Way"
The Timber Trail 1948 performer: "The Timber Trail", "Nelly Bly" uncredited, "When Your Heart's on Easy Street" uncredited
California Firebrand 1948 lyrics: "Cindy" / performer: "Trail To California", "Gonna Have a Big Time Tonight", "Cindy", "When the Work is all Done This Fall", "Cowboy Jack", "All Day on the Prairie" / writer: "Trail To California", "Gonna Have a Big Time Tonight"
Lightnin' in the Forest 1948 lyrics: "Cindy" / writer: "Trail to California", "Gonna Have a Big Time Tonight"
Under Colorado Skies 1947 writer: "Holiday for the Blues"
Along the Oregon Trail 1947 writer: "Oregon", "Along the Wagon Trail"
Last Frontier Uprising 1947 performer: "The Song of the Trail", "That's Why I Love Texas", "Press Along Cowboy To the Big Corral", "So Long to the Red River Valley"
Out California Way 1946 performer: "Hello, Monte" / writer: "Hello, Monte", "Rose of Santa Fe"
Throw a Saddle on a Star 1946 "The Strawberry Blonde on the Strawberry Roan" / performer: "The Strawberry Blonde on the Strawberry Roan", "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" uncredited, "There's a Rainbow Over the Range"
Saddle Serenade 1945 writer: "I'll Be A Cowboy 'Till I Die'
Sing Me a Song of Texas 1945 performer: "Purple on the Hills", "She Never Said a Solitary Word" / writer: "Purple on the Hills"
Twilight on the Prairie 1944 performer: "No Letter Today", "Song of the Prairie" / writer: "Song of the Prairie"
Oklahoma Raiders 1944 writer: "I'll Be a Cowboy 'Till I Die"
Prairie Stranger 1941 writer: "I'll Be A Cowboy 'till I Die", "Doin' It Right", "It's Just a Small Town" - as Lopez Willingham
Billy the Kid Returns 1938 writer: "Save a Smile for a Rainy Day"



Texas Carnival 1951 Band Leader Foy Willing (as Foy Willing and His Orchestra)
Disc Jockey 1951 Foy Willing
Heart of the Rockies 1951 Fiddle Player
Spoilers of the Plains 1951 Singer, Oil Co. Worker
Trail of Robin Hood 1950 Foy
North of the Great Divide 1950 Singing Cowhand
Sunset in the West 1950 Foy
Trigger, Jr. 1950 Foy
Twilight in the Sierras 1950 Foy
Bells of Coronado 1950 Foy
The Golden Stallion 1949 Foy
Down Dakota Way 1949 Foy
Susanna Pass 1949 Foy - Guitar Player
The Far Frontier 1948 Foy
Grand Canyon Trail 1948 Singer, Rancher
The Timber Trail 1948 Guitar Player Foy - Riders of the Purple Sage
California Firebrand 1948 Guitar Player Foy Willing
Under Colorado Skies 1947 Guitar Player Foy Willing
Along the Oregon Trail 1947 Guitar Player / Singer
Last Frontier Uprising 1947 Singing Ranch Hand
Out California Way 1946 Foy
Throw a Saddle on a Star 1946 Foy Willing
Saddle Serenade 1945 Guitar Player
Sing Me a Song of Texas 1945 Western Band Leader
Cyclone Prairie Rangers 1944 Guitar Player (uncredited)
Cowboy from Lonesome River 1944 Musician Red (as Foy Willingham)
Swing in the Saddle 1944 Member Jimmy Wakely and His Oklahoma Cowboys (uncredited)
Twilight on the Prairie 1944 Foy
Sundown Valley 1944 Guitarist / Denton Cowhand (uncredited)
Cowboy Canteen 1944 Guitar Player, Saddle Pal (uncredited)
Cowboy in the Clouds 1943 Foy, Musician with Jimmy Wakely's Saddle Pals
The Royal Mounted Patrol 1941 RCMP Mountie / Singer (uncredited)

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Saddle Serenade 1945 composer: song "A Cowboy's Life is the Life For Me"



The Red Skelton Hour 1951 TV Series Himself -Musician

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