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Al Dexter







Born: May 4, 1902 - Jacksonville, Texas - Clarence Albert Poindexter - more commonly known as Al Dexter
Died - January 28, 1984 (age 78) - Lewisville, Texas


Al Dexter While working as a house painter, Dexter began performing in local bars and clubs. In the early 1930s he put together a band to perform in the outskirts of Longview, Texas. He signed a recording contract on November 28, 1936 with American Record Corporation (ARC). Dexter's "Honky Tonk Blues," which he wrote with James B. Paris, was the first country song to use the term honky-tonk. In the late 1930s Dexter owned a honky tonk himself, the Roundup Club in Turnertown, Texas.

Through his experiences there and in other roadhouses, Dexter developed the idea for his future hit, "Pistol Packin' Mama." Art Satherley, Dexter's producer, helped him by arranging a recording session with Gene Autry's backup band, for which Dexter had expressed admiration. Dexter wrote and then recorded "Pistol Packin' Mama" and "Rosalita" with them at Columbia's Hollywood studios. The record was released in 1943 and in its first six months sold a million copies. The song "Pistol Packin' Mama," a controversial number due to its lyrics, "drinkin' beer in a cabaret"; publisher had radio version prepared after rejection (lyric changed to "singin' songs in a cabaret") remained at Number One on Billboard Magazine's best sellers chart for eight weeks and became the 1943 marching chorus of the New York Yankees. Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters recorded the song on September 27, 1943, and proved there were still a few bullets left in Ma's pistol. Their version landed for 4 weeks in the No. 2 position of the pop charts and sold more than a million copies, earning Bing yet another gold record.

The 1943 movie of the same name, made by the Republic Pictures, gave Dexter close to $250,000 in royalties.

In 1944, when Billboard started its "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records" chart for country music, "Pistol Packin' Mama" was still at the top. "Rosalita" also had a week at Number One, and Dexter received such widespread recognition that he launched national tours. Another hit from the 1940s was "Guitar Polka", which entered Billboard's list as the "Most Played Juke Box Folk Record" for 16 weeks running in 1946.

From 1944 through 1948 Dexter recorded other country hits, including "Too Late to Worry," "Wine, Women and Song," and "Calico Rag", "So Long Pal", "Triflin' Gal", and "I'm Losing My Mind Over You". However, the popularity of his honky tonk sound decreased over time. Although he recorded other songs with King, Decca, and Capitol, he never had another hit like that of "Pistol Packin' Mama".

Dexter was reported to be the first country singer to perform on Broadway (?)

Al Dexter was not a selfish nor a not self-serving man. His motivations from the very start were quite simple … to make and perform music that would bring pleasure and enjoyment to others. Certainly. He had invested in Savings and Loan, motel, and real estate businesses in Texas before succumbing to a heart attack at his home on Lake Lewisville in Lewisville, Texas.

Al was clearly one of the biggest Country Music recording artists of the entire 1940s decade.
In later years, Al Dexter attached his name to the Al Dexter and ALDEX record labels, all to be a part of continuing the promotion of Country Music tp as far and wide-reaching an audience as he could. Al Dexter pretty much “did it all”.

Over the years Dexter received these awards:
All told, Dexter received 12 gold records for million-sellers in the five-year period from 1943 to 1948
1943 - Mademoiselle Magazine\Mille Merit Award\Pistol Packin' Mama
1943 - BMI Citation of Achievement\Pistol Packin' Mama
1946 - Billboard\Top Country Artist\Guitar Polka
1946 - Automatic Music Industry of America\Best Western Record\Guitar Polka
1948 - KRLD - The Midnight Jamboree\Most Popular Recording Artist
1971 - inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
1976 - BMI Citation of Achievement\Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry
On August 21, 2010, Dexter was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame, located in Carthage, TX





Recordings

Al Dexter 45s
120 Old Long Tongue (2:40)// Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry (1966)
121 Darlin' Say You'll Be Mine // Nobody's Baby but My Own

ALDEX 45s
116 Wheels Of Love // Sittin' By The Jukebox (Playin' Number 10)
117 Bye Bye Blue Eyes // Don't You Love Me Anymore

Allstar
7306 Country Guitar // My Careless Heart

Capitol 45s
4724 I Won't Be Number Two // My Little Heartache

Capitol Starline 45
6171 Pistol Packin' Mama // Rosalita (1971)

Columbia
2-129 Calamity Jane // A Good Man Is Hard To Find
2-271 There'll Come A Time // Saturday Night Boogie
2-459 Each Night I Cry Over Your Picture // I Don't Suppose
2-640 New Pistol Packin' Mama // Barrel House Polka
Columbia 78s
20010 Honey, Do You Think It's Wrong? // Guitar Polka 20062 I'll Wait For You, Dear // I'm Losing My Mind Over You 20065 I'm Lost Without You // Wine, Women And Song 20073 It's Up To You // Wine, Women And Song 20088 I Learned About Love //Kokomo Island 20108 My Love Goes With You // Down At The Road Side Inn 20121 Who's Gonna Love You When I'm Gone? // Am I To Blame? 20131 So Long Pal // Too Late To Worry
20144 Honky Tonk Chinese Dive // Sundown Polka
20161 Meet Me Down In Honky Tonk Town // All I Want Is You
20168 Who's Been Here? // Darling, It's All Over Now
20184 Maybe Baby, It's Me // Love Lanes Of Yesterday
20194 Remember You're Mine // New Broom Boogie
20240 Sunshine Special // Jelly Roll Special
20267 Rosalita // Pistol Packin' Mama
20365 I Waited Too Long // Why Did It Have To Be Me
20366 Texas Waltz // Two Broken Hearts
20367 I Told My Heart // Can This Be Real Love
20395 Barrel House Boogie // Texas Rose
20422 Rock And Rye Rag // I'm Leaving My Troubles Behind
20438 Calico Rag // Rose Of Mexico
20461 It's Just Because Of You // I Cry When I'm Blue
20492 High Price For Love // Just Take A Little Time
20518 Is That The Way To Treat A Friend // I'll Always Be Lovin You
20540 Good Man Is Hard To Find // Calamity Jane
20569 New Guitar Polka // At The End Of Each Day
20593 There'll Come A Time // Saturday Night Boogie
20640 Always In My Heart // I'm Startin' Sweethartin' Again
20661 Each Night I Cry Over Your Picture // I Don't Suppose
20696 New Pistol Packin' Mama // Barrell House Polka
36898 Guitar Polka // Honey, Do You Think It's Wrong
37037 I'll Wait For You, Dear // I'm Losing My Mind Over You
37042 I'm Lost Without You // Triflin' Gal
37062 It's Up To You // Wine, Women And Song
37200 Kokomo Island // I Learned About Love
37303 My Love Goes Without You // Down At The Roadside Inn
37352 Am I To Blame // Who's Gonna Love You When I'm Gone
37404 Too Late To Worry // So Long Pal
37417 Honky Tonk Chinese Dome // Sundown Polka
37434 All I Want Is You // Meet Me Down In Honky Tonk Town
37441 Darling It's All Over Now // Who's Been Here
37538 Love Lanes Of Yesterday // Maybe Baby, It's Me
37543B What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
37538 Love Lanes Of Yesterday // Maybe Baby, It's Me
37594 New Broom Boogie //Remember You're Mine
37641 Jelly Roll Special // Sunshine
37668 Pistol Packin' Mama // Rosalita
37880 Why Did It Have To Be // I Waited Too Long
37881 Two Broken Hearts // Texas Waltz
37882 Can This Love Be Real // I Told My Heart
38038 Texas Rose // Barrelhouse Boogie
38168 Rock And Rye Rag // I'm Leaving My Trouble Behind
36898 Guitar Polka // Honey Do You Think It's Wrong

Columbia LPs
1949 Songs Of The Southwest
I Waited Too Long / Why Do I Have To Be / Pistol Packin' Mama / Rosalita //
Texas Waltz / Two Broken Hearts / I Told My Heart / Can This Love Be Real

Conqueror 78s
9330 Bar Hotel // Daddy's In The Doghouse Now
9731 Wine, Women And Song // When We Go A Honky Tonkin'
9732 Come Back To Me My Darling // You May Be Sorry

Decca 45s
9-28739 Move Over Rover // My Careless Heart

Decca 78s
28137 Hotfoot Shuffle // Fisherman's Boogie
28345 Counting My Teardrops // Honeymoon Waltz
28508 Rosa // Guitar Polka
28739 Move Over Rover // My Careless Heart

Dot
16977A Down At The Roadside Inn Ekko 45s
1020 Pistol Packin' Mama // I Won't Be Number Two

King 78s
875 Blow That Lonesome Whistle, Casey // I'm Setting You Free
884 Hi Dee Ho Boogie // Walking With The Blues
899 Merry Christmas To All // Santa Is On His Way
913 Diddy Wah Boogie // You've Been Cheating Baby

Okeh 78s
5680 Walking In My Sleep // There's No Use In Loving You
5783 You May Be Sorry // Come Back To Me My Darling
5906 Let Me Join The C.C.C. // Poor Little Honky Tonk Girl
6127 Down At The Roadside Inn // New Soldier's Farewell
6206 Alimony Blues // The Money You Spent Was Mine
6287 You Will Always Be My Darling // It's Too Late To Say You're Sorry Now
6397 Darling, It's All Over Now // Who's Been Here
6483 Meet Me Down In Honky Tonk Town // All I Want Is You
6604 Honky Tonk Chinese Dime //Sundown Polka
6708 Pistol Packin' Mama // Rosalita
6718 Too Late To Worry // So Long Pal
6727 I'll Wait For You, Dear // I'm Losing My Mind Over You
6740 Triflin' Gal // I'm Lost Without You

Vocalion 78s
3435 Honky Tonk Blues // New Jelly Roll Blues
3461 Little Sod Shanty // Mother Mine
3569 Whisper Again That You Love Me // If We Can't Be Sweethearts Why Can't We Be Pals
3636 Car Hoppin' Mama // Broken Hearted Blues
3676 Calico Rag // Sweet Lips, Kiss My Blues Away
3719 Honky Tonk Baby // Don't Cry For Me When I'm Gone
3927 I'm Leaving My Troubles Behind // You've Got Love In Your Heart
3988 In A Little Green Valley // Dusty Road
4174 Answer To Honky Tonk Blues // In Days Of Yesterday
4277 My Baby Loves Me // Gypsy Swing
4327 She's The Sunshine Of Moonshine Valley // Bring It On Home To Me
4405 I'm Happy When You're Happy // One More Day In Prison
4988 Sunshine Special // Jelly Roll Special
5042 My Blue Eyes Are Not My Eyes Now // My Troubles Don't Trouble Me No More
5121 Bar Hotel // Daddy's In The Doghouse Now
5255 Diddy Wah Diddy With A Blah Wah // Why Do I Think Of Someone
5572 Wine, Women And Song // When We Go A Honky Tonkin'


Source:
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