Texas Ruby

Texas Ruby ( * June 4, 1908 near Decatur in Wise County, Texas, as Ruby Agnes Owens, † March 29, 1963 ) was an American country musician. Together with her husband Curly Fox Texas Ruby was one of the most successful radio personalities 1941-1948 in the area of the Country.

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Childhood and youth

Texas grew up in a very musical family; two of her siblings would later also start a career as a musician. Sister Laura Lee worked with Bob Wills and brother Tex Owens wrote the later hit Cattle Call.


1930 Ruby's professional career began when she was discovered by the owner of a radio station in Kansas City, while she was with her two brothers and her father in the city. Quickly, she worked at KMBC and 1933, she joined the band Zeke Clements. With Clements she appeared several times on the Grand Ole Opry before the two mid -1930s for WHOs popular Iowa Barn Dance Frolic acted out, where they stayed for the next two years. While Ruby's time with WHO she met a young radio host named Ronald Reagan, whom later President of the United States. Texas Ruby was known as a hard-drinking woman in her private life. Her masculine appearance was supported by its deep, masculine voice and the fact that she was a heavy smoker.

1937 Texas Ruby also played one of their first records for Decca Records, including a cover of Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel No.1 hits. However, all her singles sold only moderately.

The collaboration with Clements ended in 1937, after Ruby had several times appeared drunk on some dates. In the same year, she met fiddler Curly Fox, whom she married two years later. The couple quickly developed her own show, and toured the United States. On the radio, she went on to become extremely popular among artists and 1944-1948 the famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, on.

1948 Ruby and her husband left Nashville to move to Texas, where she joined the ensemble of the Louisiana Hayrides on KWKH. But shortly after leaving Nashville took off her popularity and development of the music scene in the 1950s also contributed to this. Their records for Columbia Records and King Records had the time of her career never sold well and attracted so Ruby and Fox to California in 1960, where she had some appearances in the Town Hall Party.

Shortly thereafter subjected to Ruby and her husband back to Nashville in order to bring themselves into the limelight again. They were once members of the Opry, but Texas Ruby's career came to a quick end in March 1963, when she in the Opry had fallen asleep with a cigarette in their motor home after a gig. In the ensuing fire, she lost her life. Texas Ruby was 55 years old.

Texas Ruby is often seen as a link between the Old- Time Music, the traditional music of the mountain people, and the then much more modern honky tonk. However, despite its certain and emancipated occurrence in a conservative country era they never achieved a star status, as other musicians of their time. Their plates were not even on the charts.