Patsy Montana was born Ruby Blevins in Garland County, Arkansas in Oct. 30, 1908. She began her musical career working on western music radio shows in Chicago and California. In 1935, her song, “I Wanna Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” was so successful, she became one the first and most successful female western singers and songwriters of that period. She would continue to be popular through the 40s and 50s. and often came home to Arkansas from the 1970s till her death in 1996 to perform at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. After her death, the staff continues to perform her songs at western music concerts and tributes to Patsy Montana. She was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1987 and in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1996.
Soft cover Patsy Montana songbook with 84 songs and sheet music. There are also 6 pages of black and white photos of her family and shots of her work on radio and movies.
Songbook, 96 pages, 9" x 12"
Music; Women; Singers; Sheet music covers; Songs; Songs & music;
Patsy Montana is an idol of mine. Not only was she a fearless performer who took off from Arkansas to be one of the first female western singer/ songwriters at a time when most singers did not write their own songs, but she kept performing right up to the end of her life with a magical energy and a joyous giggle that makes me smile whenever I hear it. -Jeff Lewellen
Goughler Collection Sheet Music, No. 1935
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Arkansas State Archives
Patsy Montana Songbook, Goughler Collection Sheet Music, No. 1935, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock Arkansas
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