Elton Britt

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Elton Britt
Elton Britt 1950.JPG
Britt in 1950.
Background information
Birth name James Elton Baker
Born (1913-06-27)June 27, 1913
Origin Marshall, Arkansas, U.S.
Died June 22, 1972(1972-06-22) (aged 58)
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1942–1970
Listen to the Mocking Bird

Elton Britt (June 27, 1913–June 22, 1972),[1] born James Elton Baker, was a country music guitarist and singer-songwriter.


Elton Britt was born in Marshall, Arkansas, a small town in Searcy County. He recorded over 600 sides and 60 albums for RCA and other labels in more than a 30-year span, and is best known for such hit songs (several of which he wrote or co-wrote) as "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)," "Detour," "Chime Bells," "Maybe I'll Cry Over You," "Pinto Pal," and the million-selling wartime hit There's a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere.

A singer, bandleader, radio and television performer, songwriter and standard-setting yodeler, he starred in at least two films in the late 1940s and had hit records as late as "The Jimmie Rodgers Blues" in 1968.

He died June 23, 1972, five days before his 59th birthday, due to heart attack.

He had at least four children, at least three boys and one daughter. His father was James Baker and he had two sisters, Gretta Sanders and Druse Baker, who was known for her strange random clogging. He also had several brothers.



Year Album US Country Label
1956 Yodel Songs RCA Victor
1959 The Wandering Cowboy ABC
1960 Beyond the Sunset
I Heard a Forest Praying
1963 The Best 1 RCA Victor
1965 Singing Hills ABC
1966 Somethin' for Everyone 31
1968 The Jimmie Rodgers Blues RCA Victor
1970 Sings Modern Country Certron
1972 The Best 2 RCA Victor
16 Great Country Performances ABC
1983 Days of the Yodeling Cowboys Cowgirlboy
1984 More Days of the Yodeling Cowboys
1986 Star Spangled Stardust


Year Single Chart Positions
US Country US
1942 "There's a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere" 7
1945 "I'm a Convict with Old Glory in My Heart" 7
1946 "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)" 2
"Wave to Me, My Lady" 3 19
"Blueberry Lane" 4
"Detour" 5
"Blue Texas Moonlight" (w/ The Skytoppers) 6
"Gotta Get Together with My Gal" 4
1948 "Chime Bells" (w/ The Skytoppers) 6
1949 "Candy Kisses" (w/ The Skytoppers) 4
1950 "Beyond the Sunset" (w/ The Three Suns & Rosalie Allen) 7
"Quicksilver" (w/ Rosalie Allen) 3
1956 "Cannonball Yodel" -
1968 "The Jimmie Rodgers Blues" 26
1969 "The Bitter Taste" 71


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