Carl T. Sprague

Decades: 1970s 1980s 2000s


10 May 1895, near Houston, Texas, USA, d. 19 February 1979, Bryan, Texas, USA. Sprague, one of the first of the singing cowboys, was born on a ranch where he learned western songs around the camp fire. Although he attended college to study ranching, he accepted a coaching post in the college’s athletic department. In 1925, impressed by Vernon Dalhart’s success, he wrote to Victor Records and suggested that they record his cowboy songs. ‘When The Work’s All Done This Fall’, a story of a cowboy killed in a night stampede, sold nearly a million copies. Despite its success, he was unwilling to give up his college post, but he continued to make records, sometimes accompanied by two fiddle players from the college band. Among his recordings are ‘Following The Cow Trail’, ‘The Girl I Loved In Sunny Tennessee’, ‘Rounded Up In Glory’ and ‘Roll On Little Dogies’, as well as such familiar cowboy songs as...

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