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Jimmy Wakely (1914–1982)

He was one of filmdom's last dying breed of crooning cowpokes following WWII. Jimmy Wakely had many talents (singing, songwriting, guitar-playing) and performed in many venues (radio, film, TV, rodeos, clubs) over his career. He began life in Mineola, Arkansas in 1914, but was raised in Depression-era Oklahoma. He started off simply as a farmer ... See full bio »

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Partners of the Sunset Jimmy Wakely
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 2019 Happy! (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Tallahassee (2019) ... (performer: "Peter Cottontail")
 2017 Ingrid Goes West (performer: "My Heart Cries for You")
 2016 Grace and Frankie (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Party (2016) ... (performer: "I Love You a Bushel and a Peck")
 2007 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007) ... (performer: "You Are My Sunshine")
 2005 Shadowboxer (writer: "I Want To Ride That Glory Train")
 1998 Clay Pigeons (performer: "Moon Over Montana") / (writer: "Moon Over Montana")
 1996 Mars Attacks! (writer: "I'm Casting My Lasso Towards The Sky")
 1959 Country Style, U.S.A. (TV Series short) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.4 (1959) ... (writer: "I'll Never Let You Go")
 1957-1958 Ranch Party (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.21 (1958) ... (performer: "Life of the Party")
- Episode #1.1 (1957) ... (performer: "Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle" (introduced as Boots and Saddles), "You Are My Sunshine")
 1958 Money, Women and Guns (performer: "Lonely Is The Hunter") / (writer: "Lonely Is The Hunter")
 1957 Slim Carter (writer: "Cowboy", "Ride Cowboy, Ride")
 1956 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Tony Bennett/Mel Torme/Arthur & Kathryn Murray (1956) ... (performer: "His Name Was Dean")
 1956 A Day of Fury (writer: "Vote for Emily Morgan" - uncredited)
 1955 The Silver Star (performer: "The Silver Star") / (writer: "The Silver Star")
 1954 Dawn at Socorro (writer: "Vote for Emily Morgan" - uncredited)
 1954 Arrow in the Dust ("THE WEARY STRANGER")
 1954 Jimmy Wakely's Jamboree (Short) (performer: "Cattle Call", "Cimarron", "I've Had My Share of Sorrow")
 1953 The Marshal's Daughter (writer: "My Heart Has Room For You")
 1950 Twilight in the Sierras (writer: "Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy")
 1949 Lawless Code (performer: "I'll Be A Cowboy 'Till I Die", "Home On The Range")
 1949 Brand of Fear (performer: "Cool Water", "I Don't Care", "Rainbow Over the Range")
 1949 Across the Rio Grande (performer: "Across the Rio Grande", "I'm Lonely and Nobody Cares") / (writer: "Across the Rio Grande", "I'm Lonely and Nobody Cares")
 1949 Desert Vigilante (writer: "I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin'")
 1949 Gun Law Justice (performer: "Rose Of Old Santa Fe", "I Have Looked the Whole World Over") / (writer: "I Have Looked the Whole World Over")
 1949 Gun Runner (performer: "Paradise Trail", "Gonna Build A Little Home In Oklahoma")
 1948 Courtin' Trouble (performer: "Moon Over Montana", "A New Thrill From An Old Flame") / (writer: "Moon Over Montana")
 1948 Silver Trails (performer: "Silver Trails", "Serenade", "For the Sake of Days Gone By") / (writer: "Silver Trails", "Serenade")
 1948 Cowboy Cavalier (performer: "Night After Night", "Mine, All Mine") / (writer: "Night After Night")
 1948 Range Renegades (performer: "Easy To Please", "Arizona Sunset", "Hifalutin' Cowboy", "I'm An Old Cowpoke Just A-pokin' Along") / (writer: "Hifalutin' Cowboy")
 1948 Partners of the Sunset (performer: "It's a Beautiful Day", "Your Bouquet of Roses", "Telling My Troubles To My Old Guitar", "Press Along To the Home Corral") / (writer: "It's a Beautiful Day", "Your Bouquet of Roses")
 1948 The Rangers Ride (performer: "The Yodeling Ranger", "Are You Ashamed to Call Me Darlin?", "Casting My Lasso to the Sky") / (writer: "Are You Ashamed to Call Me Darlin?", "Casting My Lasso to the Sky")
 1948 Oklahoma Blues (performer: "Oklahoma Blues", "Judy", "On the Strings of My Lonesome Guitar") / (writer: "Oklahoma Blues", "On the Strings of My Lonesome Guitar")
 1948 Song of the Drifter (performer: "I'll Hold You In My Heart", "It's Been So Long, Darling", "Gonna Go Fishing (By the Riverside)") / (writer: "Gonna Go Fishing (By the Riverside)")
 1947 Ridin' Down the Trail (performer: "I'm Out to See Texas", "Ridin' Down the Trail With You", "Cowtown, U.S. A") / (writer: "I'm Out to See Texas", "Ridin' Down the Trail With You", "Cowtown, U.S. A")
 1947 Song of the Wasteland (performer: "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie", "Cimarron", "Hi Lo, Hi O", "I Hear You Talking", "Somebody's Rose") / (writer: "I Hear You Talking", "Somebody's Rose")
 1947 Six-Gun Serenade (performer: "You Are Always On My Mind", "Blue, Blue Eyes", "Headin' Up the Santa Fe Trail")
 1947 Rainbow Over the Rockies (performer: "Lonesome Trail", "A Song To Remember You By", "Rainbow Over the Rockies", "Git Along Little Dogies (Whoopie Ti Yi Yo)", "Cowboy's Dream") / (writer: "Lonesome Trail", "Rainbow Over the Rockies")
 1947 Last Frontier Uprising (writer: "You're the Sweetest Rose in Texas")
 1946 Song of the Sierras (performer: "Detour", "Song of the Sierras", "Texas Tornado") / (writer: "Song of the Sierras", "Texas Tornado")
 1946 Rustler's Round-Up (writer: "Vote For Cal Dixon")
 1946 Trail to Mexico (performer: "Trail To Mexico", "Little Rose of the Rancho")
 1946 Moon Over Montana (writer: "Rose of the Prairie", "Moon Over Montana")
 1945 Lonesome Trail (performer: "Lonesome Trail", "Goodbye, Good Luck My Darling", "Too Bad, Little Girl, Too Bad" - uncredited) / (writer: "Strings of My Lonesome Guitar" - uncredited)
 1945 Riders of the Dawn (performer: "Shame on You", "Tomorrow Never Comes", "I'll Never Let You Go Little Darling", "Sleep, Baby, Sleep", "Saddle Pals") / (writer: "I'll Never Let You Go Little Darling")
 1945 Saddle Serenade (performer: "Cool Water", "Stay Away From My Door", "Saddle Serenade", "I've Got Nuggets In My Pocket", "Saddle Pals") / (writer: "Stay Away From My Door", "Saddle Serenade", "Saddle Pals")
 1945 Springtime in Texas (performer: "Saddle Pals", "You're the Sweetest Rose in Texas", "Good Bye, Good Bye")
 1944 Song of the Range (performer: "Saddle Pals", "Keep Rolling One", "When the Sunset Bids the Desert Goodnight", "Too Bad, Little Girl, Too Bad", "Good Morning Mr. Sunshine", "Goodbye, Old Pal") / (writer: "Saddle Pals")
 1944 I'm from Arkansas (performer: "You Are My Sunshine", "Don't Turn Me Down Little Darlin'", "Whistlin' Down the Lane With You") / (writer: "Whistlin' Down the Lane With You", "If You Can't Go Right, Don't Go Wrong")
 1944 Riders of the Santa Fe (lyrics: "Little Sweetheart of the Rio Grande")
 1944 Trigger Trail (writer: "Trail Dreamin'")
 1944 Cowboy Canteen (writer: "Walking Down the Lane With You" - uncredited)
 1943 Rhythm Serenade (writer: "Bye and Bye" - uncredited)
 1943 The Lone Star Trail (writer: "I Gotta See Texas Just Once More")
 1943 Raiders of San Joaquin (writer: "A Carefree Cowboy")
 1943 Cheyenne Roundup (writer: "Ain't Got Nothin' and Nothin' Worries Me")
 1942 The Old Chisholm Trail (writer: "Little Sweetheart of the Rio Grande")
 1942 Little Joe, the Wrangler (writer: "I'll Saddle My Pony")
 1942 Deep in the Heart of Texas (writer: "Out On The Lone Star Trail")
 1942 Boss of Hangtown Mesa (writer: "Ain't Got Nothin'" (uncredited), "Trail Dream" (uncredited), "Nothin' Worries Me")
 1942 The Silver Bullet (writer: "My Gal, She Works In A Laundry", "Sweetheart of the Rio Grande", "Vote For Emily Morgan")
 1942 Stardust on the Sage (lyrics: "I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin'" (1943?) - uncredited) / (music: "I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin'" (1943?) - uncredited)
 1941 Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga (lyrics: "Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy") / (music: "Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy") / (performer: "Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy")
 1940 Give Us Wings (performer: "Happy Jubilee", "On a Blue Ridge Mountain Trail" - uncredited)
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The Jimmy Wakely Trio | Jimmy Wakely Trio | James Wakely

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His numerous couplings with singer Margaret Whiting at post-war Capitol Records proved memorable with "Slipping Around," "Broken Down Merry-Go-Round" and the Christmas classic "Silver Bells." See more »

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