Texas Opry preserving Wild West history of silver screen

08/05/2014 9:56 AM

08/05/2014 9:57 AM

Just about the only place these days you can find a singing cowboy on horseback riding off into the sunset is on the Western Movie channel. It is sad that the heritage of our silver screen heroes is being lost to the youth of today. But at 3 p.m. on Saturday at The Texas Opry Theater, you will be able to see one of last remaining blood kins to one of those heroes.

Rex Allen, the country music singer and last of the Singing Cowboys of the Silver Screen, who scored seven country hits between 1949 and 1968 - the biggest of which was 1953's Crying in the Chapel which crossed over to No. 8 in the pop chart. Rex Allen Jr. was born in Chicago and traveled with his father from the age of 6. He took up the guitar and later worked as a rodeo clown. Moving to Nashville in the late 60s, he broke into the country charts himself with The Great Mail Robbery in 1973 and first reached the country Top Ten with Two Less Lonely People in 1977.

Rex Allen, Jr. as the namesake heir of Hollywood's last singing cowboy and a revered narrator, Rex the younger shares his father's greatest gift - his voice. Choosing to chart a new map for himself, however, he found his own ghost towns, broken hearts and unseen trails to illustrate for his loyal, decades long fan base.

The new millennium has well rewarded that loyalty. Building off his television successes in the 90's, including The Statler Brothers Show and Yesteryear, 2000's Me, Myself & Irene allows Allen to give a heart-felt homage to his father, narrating the beloved Jim Carrey/ Renee Zellweger feature. Allen has rekindled his musical flames as well: "I lost the music in me for about five years. I have been so disappointed in the current country music...I thought people weren't interested in hearing 'good' songs anymore."

Rex Allen, Jr. was honored in 2008 with induction into the Western Music Hall of Fame. Rex was again deeply affected when Arizona, his loving nod to his adopted homeland, was declared the alternate state song and official theme of Arizona's centennial celebrations by Arizona's State Legislature in 2012. Arizona continued to show it's love to Rex Allen, Jr. when in 2013 they inducted him to the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame, which follows on the heels of Allen receiving the 20th Annual Ernest Tubb Memorial Award from the Western Film Preservation Society in 2013.

Call 817-341-1000 to order your reserved seat tickets or go online to www.texasoprytheater.com to choose your seats, pay with your credit card and print out on your own printer.

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