In 1945 Jenny Lou wrote “You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often” and performed by Tex Ritter. It was the first number one country music hit written by a woman. On the other hand, it was Ritter’s second number one on the Juke Box Folk chart, and it spent eleven weeks at the top and a total of twenty weeks on the chart.
It was consequently recorded by the Hoosier Hot Shots, Walt Shrum, Doc Denning, Helen O’Connell, Sue Thompson, Jimmie Dale, Wesley Tuttle, Doc Watson, Harley Huggins, Red Foley, Durwood Haddock, and Johnny Carroll.
Though Ritter was an early pioneer of country music, and he soon became interested in show business. In 1928, he sang on KPRC-AM in Houston, Texas, a 30-minute program of mostly cowboy songs. That same year, he moved to New York City and landed a job in the men’s chorus of the Broadway show The New Moon (1928). He appeared as cowboy Cord Elam in the Broadway production Green Grow the Lilacs (1931),the basis for the musical Oklahoma! He also played the part of Sagebrush Charlie in The Round Up (1932) and Mother Lode (1934).
In 1932, he starred in New York City’s first broadcast Western, The Lone Star Rangers on WOR-AM, where he sang and told tales of the Old West. Ritter wrote and starred in Cowboy Tom’s Roundup on WINS-AM in 1933, a daily children’s cowboy program aired over two other East Coast stations for three years. He also performed on the radio show WHN Barndance and sang on NBC Radio shows; and appeared in several radio dramas, including CBS’s Bobby Benson’s Adventures.
From 1933 to 1939, He recorded with several recording companies and recorded several songs. Ritter was also cast in guest-starring roles on the syndicated television series, Death Valley Days, and the ABC Western The Rebel, starring Nick Adams as a wandering former Confederate.
Ritter has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6631 Hollywood Boulevard for his contribution to the recording industry. He and John Ritter were the first father-and-son pair to be so honored in different categories. In 1980, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There is Museum named for him in Carthage, Panola County, Texas and he was a member of the charter group of inductees into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, also in Carthage, in 1998.
In 1986, Ritter was honored posthumously with a Golden Boot Award for his work in Western films.
Other than that, Ritter can be heard as the voice of Big Al, an audio-animatronic bear at the Country Bear Jamboree attraction in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. His character sings “Blood on the Saddle” and continues through the finale as the rest of the cast attempts to drown him out.
The song “You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often” talks about a very sad message to the person who cheated again and again and like in most relationships, finding it out the hard way. More to that, coming to a realization that apology won’t matter and it’s all too late. Sometimes, it really is difficult to say if the love has gone but is honesty better than cheating?
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