America's singing cowboy who sang "Sam Hall" and "Get Along Little Dogie" and is a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. He was the first artist signed to Capitol Records.
He grew up as a farm boy in Panola County. He went on to perform on a radio station in 1928.
He released the hit "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You" with Capitol Records.
He is the father of actor John Ritter.