Deep in the Heart of Texas

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"Deep in the Heart of Texas"
Single by Perry Como with Ted Weems and His Orchestra
B-side "Ollie Ollie Outs in Free"
Released 1942 (1942)
Format 78 rpm record
Recorded December 1941, Los Angeles
Genre Country & western
Length 2:42
Label Decca
Composer(s) Don Swander
Lyricist(s) June Hershey

"Deep in the Heart of Texas" is an American popular song about Texas.

The 1941 song features lyrics by June Hershey and music by Don Swander. There were no fewer than five versions in the Billboard charts in 1942. "Deep in the Heart of Texas" spent five weeks at the top of Your Hit Parade in 1942 during its twelve weeks stay.[1]

It is considered to be a de facto state song of Texas.

Notable recordings[edit]

1942 chart recordings[edit]

Other notable versions[edit]

Film appearances[edit]

Other usage[edit]

The Kidsongs Kids' ancestors sing this song on Sing Out, America!.

The University of Texas Longhorn Band performs the song during each football pregame at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium;[citation needed] The Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band often performs the tune for home football games and the Texas Christian University Horned Frog Marching Band performs an arrangement before each game at Amon G. Carter Stadium.[citation needed] Fans sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", followed by "Deep In the Heart of Texas" during the seventh-inning stretch of Houston Astros,[15] San Antonio Missions, Rice Owls, and Houston Cougars baseball games, and in the middle of the fifth inning at Texas Rangers games.[citation needed] It is also played after every victorious San Antonio Spurs game. It is also played in the middle of a water break at Houston Dynamo games.

In 1942, the BBC banned the song during working hours on the grounds that its infectious melody might cause wartime factory-hands to neglect their tools while they clapped in time with the song.[16]

Country music singer and native Texan George Strait has the song played before he gets on stage.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Kathleen E.R. God Bless America: Tin Pan Alley Goes to War. The University Press of Kentucky. p. 25. ISBN 0-8131-2256-2. 
  2. ^ "THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 491. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  4. ^ "Perry Como Discography". kokomo.ca. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ "THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ Orodenker, M.H. (February 28, 1942). "On the Records". Billboard. p. 25. 
  8. ^ "THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ Orodenker, M.H. (March 7, 1942). "On the Records". Billboard. p. 21. 
  10. ^ "THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  13. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  15. ^ Pentis, Andrew. "Stadium Songs-Houston Astros". ESPN.com. ESPN.com. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  16. ^ French, Philip (August 9, 2008). "The golden age of BBC censorship; Ex-radio producer Philip French recalls Auntie's strangest strictures". The Guardian. Retrieved August 5, 2012.