The Cattle Call

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"The Cattle Call"

"The Cattle Call" is a song written and recorded in 1934 by American songwriter and musician Tex Owens.[1] It became a signature song for Eddy Arnold. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[2]

Owens wrote the song in Kansas City while watching the snow fall. "Watching the snow, my sympathy went out to cattle everywhere, and I just wished I could call them all around me and break some corn over a wagon wheel and feed them. That's when the words 'cattle call' came to my mind. I picked up my guitar, and in thirty minutes I had wrote the music and four verses to the song," he said.[3] He recorded it again in 1936.

Cover versions[edit]

The song was recorded by Eddy Arnold in 1944, Tex Ritter (1947), Carolina Cotton (1951) and Slim Whitman (1954). Whitman's version peaked at #11 on the C&W Best Seller chart.[4]

In 1955, Eddy Arnold re-recorded the song, this version spending 26 weeks on the country chart, peaking at #1 for two weeks.[5]

Other versions were recorded by Billy Walker (1965), Donn Reynolds (1965), Elvis Presley (1970), Gilbert Harry Trythall (1971), Lenny Breau and Chet Atkins (Standard Brands, 1981), Boxcar Willie (1986), Don Edwards (1992), Emmylou Harris (1992), Skip Gorman (1994), Wylie Gustafson (1994), LeAnn Rimes (1996 with Arnold and on November 16, 1999 Arnold released the recording as a single[6]) and Dwight Yoakam (1998) for the motion picture soundtrack of The Horse Whisperer.[7] Also performed by the Sons of the Pioneers featuring Ken Curtis in the movie Rio Grande (1950).


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-02-12. Retrieved 2010-04-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 383.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 31.
  6. ^ "Album Search for "cattle call cd5 cassette single"". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  7. ^ "Cattle Call: from Tex Owens to People Like Us | Mademoiselle Montana's Yodel Heaven". Retrieved 2016-08-22.


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