Cowboy Copas

Cowboy Copas

Cowboy Copas, 1913-1963

Born Lloyd Estel Copas in 1913, Cowboy Copas was a popular country and western singer in the 1940s and 1950s. He performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry throughout his career. He died on March 5, 1963, in the plane crash that also took the lives of Patsy Cline and Hawshank Hawkins. His biggest hits included “Filipino Baby,” “Signed Sealed and Delivered,” and “The Tennessee Waltz.” Learn more about this prolific performer at Wikipedia. You’ll also find a page dedicated to him on the Patsy Cline tribute website.

The Recordings

Tennessee Waltz

 record label Group: Cowboy Copas
Label: King Matrix Number: King (696)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: April 1947
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This is the second of many, many recordings made of this song. It was written in 1947 by Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart of the Golden West Cowboys after they heard Bill Monroe’s Kentucky Waltz.

My favorite version of this heart-breaking song is Eva Cassidy’s, which you can listen to (and absolutely should listen to) courtesy of YouTube:

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How Much Do I Owe You

 record label Group: Cowboy Copas
Label: King Matrix Number: King (696)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: October 1947
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