Celebrate the Heart of Country, Americana, and Roots Music!

Drop Us A Line, Y'all

Y'all interested in advertising, partnering up, contributing stories, joining our team, or just got a question? Well, don't be shy, drop us a line!

Follow Us

Al Dexter: Honky Tonk Pioneer’s Legacy After Death

Al Dexter Death
by

American country musician and songwriter Al Dexter has written and recorded numerous Western country songs like Pistol Packin’ Mama, which have become big hits. That is why the world was devastated when the country legend’s death was announced in 1984.

Born in 1905, Clarence Albert Poindexter, known best as Al Dexter, was considered one of the first country singers to popularize the honky-tonk style in country music and the first country singer to perform on Broadway. He made his debut in 1936, but it took years before he had his first-ever massive global hit. 

Al Dexter Cause of Death

According to the New York Times, Al Dexter died of a heart attack at the age of 78 in his home in Lake Lewisville on January 28, 1984. 

There’s little to no information about his death, the hospital where he was taken, and what brought about his condition since Al Dexter was rather known as a private person throughout his career. 

Al Dexter – His Legacy

During his career, Dexter has released numerous hits, including “Pistol Packin’ Mama,” “Rosalita,” and “I’m Losing My Mind Over You.” 

Released in 1943, Pistol Packin’ Mama is widely known as Al Dexter’s greatest hit. With over 10 million copies sold, it is now considered one of the best-selling country songs of all time. During the darkest time in American history, Pistol Packin’ Mama became the anthem of hope and strength to move forward. 

Rosalita, also released in 1943, is considered one of his most famous songs. It was such a hit to many that it remained at the number one spot in the “Most Played Jukebox Folk Records” charts for six months. 

“I’m Losing My Mind Over You,” released in 1945, also instantly became a hit and peaked at no. 1 on the Folk/Juke Box charts, making it one of Al Dexter’s most listened songs.

Because of his amazing contribution to the music industry, Al Dexter was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971 and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. 

Years after his death, his son, Carl Wayne Poindexter, discovered his father’s 50 unreleased master tapes. As a commemoration to his late father, Carl decided to release the three-disc CD box set entitled Al Dexter’s Found Masters Volume 1-3 on his own music label, Al Dexter Estate Productions. 

Even after his death, Al Dexter’s spirit continues to live through his songs, which have now become his legacy.

Latest Stories

Merle Haggard’s “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” Says Alcohol Can’t Heal Wounds

Merle Haggard’s “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” Says Alcohol Can’t Heal Wounds

Still not feeling numb after five drinks? If you’re trying to move on from a heartbreak, we hate to break it to you, but Merle Haggard’s lyrics in “Tonight the ...

5 Ashley Cooke Facts You Need to Know

5 Ashley Cooke Facts You Need to Know

On the road to becoming a country breakout star, Ashley Cooke is an up-and-coming artist who is known for her smash hit “Your Place” in 2023. She brings down-to-earth vibes ...

Huercasa Country Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Huercasa Country Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Huercasa Country Festival 2024Festival Duration: July 5-7, 2024Venue: Las Delicias Municipal Soccer Field in Riaza, Segovia, SpainPerformers Include: Kaitlin Butts,  Myron Elkins, A Thousand Horses, The Wonder Women ...

Under The Big Sky 2024: What You Need To Know

Under The Big Sky 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Under The Big Sky 2024Festival Duration:July 12-14, 2024Venue:Big Mountain Ranch in Whitefish, MontanaPerformers Include:Billy Strings, Miranda Lambert, Turnpike Troubadours, and moreTicket Information: Get Your Tickets Here It’s that time ...

Country Jam USA 2024: What You Need To Know

Country Jam USA 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Country Jam USA 2024Festival Duration: July 18-20, 2024Venue:Eau Claire Event District in Eau Claire, WisconsinPerformers Include:HARDY, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, and moreTicket Information:Ticket Information: Get Your Tickets Here ...

Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2024: What You Need To Know

Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2024Festival Duration:July 11-14, 2024Venue:Craven World Campground in Craven, Saskatchewan, CanadaPerformers Include:Luke Combs, Nickelback, Dallas Smith, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Country Thunder Saskatchewan is ...

Windy City Smokeout 2024: What You Need To Know

Windy City Smokeout 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Windy City Smokeout 2024Festival Duration: July 11-14, 2024Venue: United Centre Parking Lot in Chicago, IllinoisPerformers Include: Thomas Rhett, Parker McCollum, Cody Johnson, Carrie Underwood, and moreTicket Information: Get ...

Over 100,000 Fans Join George Strait As He Sang “Amarillo by Morning”

Over 100,000 Fans Join George Strait As He Sang “Amarillo by Morning”

George Strait bested both his indoor and outdoor record – and the fifty-year record of the largest attendance in the US – at his annual series of one-off performances during ...

Country Concert 2024: What You Need To Know

Country Concert 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Country Concert 2024Festival Duration: July 11-13, 2024Venue: Hickory Hill Lakes in Fort Laramie, OhioPerformers Include:Cody Johnson, Lainey Wilson, HARDY, and moreTicket Information: Get Your Tickets Here The Midwest’s ...

Norsk Countrytreff 2024: What You Need To Know

Norsk Countrytreff 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Norsk Countrytreff 2024Festival Duration: July 10-14, 2024Venue: Fjordhest Garden på Breim in Breim in Gloppen, Nordfjord, Norway Performers Include: Asleep at the Wheel, Jade Eagleson, Hellbillies, and moreTicket Information:Get ...