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Cowboy Songs Corral (CSC)

Honoring the B-Western Film Stars,
and Songwriters
from Yesteryear

R.L. Hall (top row in right corner) with The Sons of the Pioneers
(picture provided by Bill McCann)
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Cowboy Greeting

Top 5 B-western singers NEW!

Collection: "Back in the Saddle Again" - Cowboy Songs Corral Round-Up NEW!

Hopalong Cassidy Song Series

Hoppy's Song for Grace

CD: Bing Crosby and Hopalong Cassidy On Radio

CD: "The Last Round-Up" - Songs by Billy Hill

Albert Glasser, B-western composer

Greatest western film scores

CD Reviews

Help Keep Cowboy Songs Corral Online








Howdy Buckaroos!

Welcome to the CSC - celebrating vintage B-western film stars and music.

The CSC is set up to give you information about a few popular B-western film stars, singers and songwriters, but no claim to cover it all. That's too big a herd to round-up!

Scroll down this page for CDs and multimedia collections and other
B-western news.

Let's help to keep alive good ol' B-western songs!

-- R. L. Hall, Ranch Foreman of the CSC (Cowboy Songs Corral)

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Top 5 B-western singers

In a recent issue of Western Clippings issue (#130, March/April 2016), thirteen musicians and writers were asked to name their Top 5 B-western singers. Though he was not asked to name his picks, here are the singers CSC Foreman, R.L. Hall, considers the best B-western singers from the past:

1. Eddie Dean

2. Gene Autry

3. Tex Ritter

4. Jimmy Wakely

5. Roy Rogers

Hall adds, "I think that Eddie Dean had the smoothest voice of all and the other four had more country music qualities in their singing and because of that were more popular and had more hit records. One singer who had more formal training and sang with several Big Bands was Ken Curtis of The Sons of the Pioneers and he would follow the five I have selected."

All five of the above singers are included on this multi-media disc...

"Back in the Saddle Again" -
Cowboy Songs Corral Round-Up

A collection of songs and memories
prepared by CSC Foreman, R.L. Hall,
and playable on any computer,
and includeing B-western music albums, picture galleries,
and this Cowboy Song Corral Series:

  • 1. “Back In The Saddle Again” - Gene Autry
  • 2.  “Dust” - Roy Rogers
  • 3. “Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin” - Tex Ritter
  • 4. “My Kind Of Country” – Jimmy Wakely
  • 5. “The Last Round-Up”-  Billy Hill, songwriter
  • 6. “On The Banks Of The Sunny San Juan” - Eddie Dean
  • 7.  “River Of No Return” - Ken Darby, songwriter
  • 8. “Riders of Destiny” – John Wayne Sings?


This collection is only available
for a limited time.

The computer disc is available
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Cowboy Songs Corral Round-Up




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Cowboy Songs Corral Round-Up CD-ROM



Hopalong Cassidy Song Series

This series was written by R.L. Hall,
and published in the fan club newsletter, HOPPY TALK,
edited and produced by Laura Bates and Fred Romary:



title song from the Hopalong Cassidy film with the same title.
in HOPPY TALK (Summer 2012)


No. 2: "TWILIGHT ON THE TRAIL" - the title song
sung by Brad King with The Jimmy Wakely Trio
HOPPY TALK (Winter 2013)


sung in the Hoppy western, TWILIGHT ON THE TRAIL,
sung by Brad King with The Jimmy Wakely Trio
HOPPY TALK (Summer 2013)



sung by a studio soloist and chorus
in TRAIL DUST (1936)
HOPPY TALK (Autumn 2013)




(words by Foster Carling/ music by Phil Ohman)
sung by Eddie Dean with The King's Men
HOPPY TALK (Winter 2014)






(words by Frank Loesser/ music by Joseph J. Lilley)
sung by The Sportsmen Quartette
in LOST CANYON (1943)
HOPPY TALK (Spring 2014)



Jimmy Wakely, Grace Bradley Boyd, William Boyd

In celebration of the Jimmy Wakley Centennial

(words by Frank Loesser/ music by Joseph J. Lilley)
sung by The Jimmy Wakely Trio
HOPPY TALK (Autumn 2014)


In memory of Dick Jones (1927-2014)

(words by Dr. Brewster Higley/music by Daniel E. Kelley)
sung by St. Brendan's Boy Choir
HOPPY TALK (Winter 2015)





from BAR 20 RIDES AGAIN (1935)
words by Dave Franklin/music by Sam H. Stept)
sung by Chill Wills and His Avalon Boys
HOPPY TALK (Spring 2015)


Final song in the series

(Television Theme Song)
words by L. Wolfe Gilbert/music by Nacio Herb Brown)
sung by Studio Chorus
HOPPY TALK (Summer 2015)



Read more about this song series
with sheet music covers and rare pictures

Hopalong Cassidy Songs




New song

An instrumental version of the western song,
"The Angels handed me a rose"
(Hoppy's Song For Grace)
written in memory of William Boyd and
Grace Bradley Boyd
with lyrics by Susie Coffman and
music by Roger Lee Hall
is available on this CD,

Read more - click here

Revised Edition

"Following the Stars" -
Music & Memories of Hopalong Cassidy

(PineTree Press, 3rd edition, 2015)


"A nice supplement to the two current HC [Hopalong Cassidy] books
with material not contained in either."
-- Boyd Magers, Western Clippings (July/August 2009)

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the first Hopalong Cassidy western in 1935, the new 3rd edition of this special collection is now available.

The CD-ROM is playable on any computer's CD/DVD drive with Microsoft Word and mp3 audio program.

It includes the illustrated book, music examples of Hoppy music, a picture gallery, and information about songs and film scores featured in Hopalong Cassidy westerns.

CSC Ranch Foreman, R.L. Hall, standing next to
an original Hopalong Cassidy shirt
and wearing Hoppy's original white hat (thanks to Susie C)

To order the book, "Following the Stars," on
computer disc,

Click here

Hopalong Cassidy on Radio


Shown in picture: Hopalong Cassidy, Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby


Get your copy of three enjoyable
Bing Crosby radio programs (1949-1951)
featuring guests Peggy Lee
and William Boyd (as Hopalong Cassidy)

Order your copy while supplies last
by clicking the "Add to Cart" button.

CD: Bing and Hoppy On Radio


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Bing and Hoppy on Radio








"The Last Round-Up" - Songs by Billy Hill

Read more about this CD

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Albert Glasser, B-western composer


Albert Glasser with Duncan Renaldo (left), star of THE CISCO KID,
at Renaldo's Ranch in 1974 (picture courtesy of David Fuller)

One of the unsung composers of B-westerns in the 1940s and 1950s is Albert Glasser (1916-1998). His first assignments in westerns were with THE CISCO KID and THE CISCO KID IN OLD NEW MEXICO (both in 1945), starring Duncan Renaldo. Other B-westerns he worked on include: ABILENE TOWN (1946) with Randolph Scott, LAW OF THE LASH (1947) with Lash La Rue, and THE GAY AMIGO (1949), another Cisco Kid adventure with Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carillo as Pancho. In the 1950s there was THE BANDIT QUEEN (1950) with Barbara Britton, and THE BUSHWACKERS starring John Ireland and Dorothy Malone, and THE HIRED GUN (1957) with Rory Calhoun. He also wrote the theme for the radio series of Hoplaong Cassidy in the early 1950s. Later, Glasser became known for his scoring of B-monster movies, like THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN (1957)

--thanks to David Fuller for his information about Albert Glasser.



B-western Music News

Greatest Western Songs

As reported in the Sep/Oct 2010 issue of Western Clippings, here are the Top Ten Greatest Western Songs of All Time, as selected by the Western Writers of America at their annual convention in Knoxville, Tennessee:

1. "Ghost Riders in the Sky"
2. "El Paso"
3. "Cool Water"
4. "Streets of Laredo"
5. "Back in the Saddle Again"
6. "High Noon"
7. "Oh Shenandoah" [a sea chantey, not really a western song]
8. "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"
9. "Home on the Range"
10. "Red River Valley"





Are you looking for an informative publication about cowboy films and stars?

Then you should subscribe to Western Clippings, the newsletter edited and published by Boyd Magers, with Donna Magers as Associate Editor.

Boyd has also written several respected books, including this great one with many fine illustrations and listing all Gene' songs and titled...


Gene Autry Westerns

Gene Autry Westerns:
America's Favorite Cowboy

(Empire Publishing, 2007)


Western Clippings is chock full of interesting articles and news about vintage cowboy films and people. There are also regular columnists, including a music review section by O.J. Sikes.

To order the Gene Autry book or subscribe to the fascinating and fact-filled newsletter, click on this link for Western Clippings





CD Reviews

Music and Songs From Classic Westerns (2 CDs)


Western Movie Songs


The Silver Screen Cowboy Project - a great collection!




Are you a fan of early movie serials and B-westerns?

Here are two CD recommended collections with that music...


Cliffhangers: Music From The Classic Republic Serials


Shoot 'Em Ups! Music From The Classic Republic Westerns





Greatest Western Film Scores


What are the Greatest Western Films and Scores?

In the October/November 2008 issue of American Cowboy, there were lists of 10 or 20 greatest western movies as selected by film critic Leonard Maltin, the Western Writers of America, academic Paul Hutton, and Jesse Mullins Jr, Editor-in-Chief of American Cowboy.

Well, how about the Best Western Film Scores?

Here is a list of western movies with 10 of the greatest western film scores, selected by Roger Hall, Foreman of Cowboy Songs Corral:


Ten Great Western Film Scores
(arranged in alphabetical order)


The numbers in brackets are from
the 100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century


-- music by Dimitri Tiomkin [No. 31]





-- music by Jerome Moross [No. 18]






HIGH NOON -- music by Dimitri Tiomkin [ No. 7]
(No. 1 in the WILD WESTmagazine's Special Collector's Edition:
100 Greatest Westerns)



HOW THE WEST WAS WON -- music by Alfred Newman & Ken Darby [No. 29]

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN -- music by Elmer Bernstein [No. 15]






RED RIVER -- music by Dimitri Tiomkin [No. 31]


RIO BRAVO -- music by Dimitri Tiomkin [No. 46]

THE SEARCHERS -- music by Max Steiner [No. 33]


SHANE -- music by Victor Young [No. 59]

TRUE GRIT -- music by Elmer Bernstein [No. 86]


What are your 10 favorite western scores?

Send your list to:

Cowboy Songs Corral




Here is a very useful sheet music collection...

Cowboy Songs: 62 Classic Saddle Songs


Cowboy Songs: 62 Classic Saddle Songs




Book Reviews

Follow Your Stars by Susie Coffman

The Hollywood Book of Death by James Robert Parrish

Hopalong Cassidy: An American Legend by Grace Bradley Boyd
and Michael Cochran

Jingle of the Silver Spurs: The Hopalong Cassidy Radio Program (1950-1952)
by Bernard A. Drew


Related Links


Singers and Songwriter

"Back in the Saddle" - A Centennial Tribute to Gene Autry

"Happy Trails" - A Centennial Tribute to Roy Rogers

"On the Banks of the Sunny San Juan"
A Centennial Tribute to Eddie Dean

"The Last Round-Up" - A Tribute to songwriter, Billy Hill

Hopalong Cassidy Music

Hopalong Cassidy Music

Hopalong Cassidy Songs

Other Online Sites

The Old Corral -- Chuck Anderson's website on B-western stars and music

Western Clippings -- Boyd Mager's informative online site

Western Music Association

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