Elton Britt

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

Elton Britt (born James Elton Baker; June 27, 1913 – June 22, 1972) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician.


Britt was born James Elton Baker[1] on June 27, 1913 in Marshall, Arkansas. His father was James Baker, and he had two sisters, Gretta Sanders and Druse Baker, and a brother Arl Baker.

Britt 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". The recording had sold a million discs by 1944 and it was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.[2]

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 1968 with "The Jimmie Rodgers Blues".

He died on June 22, 1972, five days before his 59th birthday, due to a heart attack. He had at least four children (three sons and one daughter). He died in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania. He was interred at Broad Top IOOF Cemetery, Broad Top City, Pennsylvania.

In popular culture[edit]

His song "Uranium Fever" is featured in the 2015 video game Fallout 4 on the in-game radio.[3]



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 "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
1952 "The Rovin' Gambler"[4]
1956 "Cannonball Yodel" -
1966 "Homesweet Homesick Blues" -
1968 "The Jimmie Rodgers Blues" 26
1969 "The Bitter Taste" 71


  1. ^ "Elton Britt". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 27. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  3. ^ "The Full Diamond City Radio Playlist From Fallout 4"
  4. ^ "Elton Britt - The Rovin' Gambler (1952)". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-08-27.

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