"Deep in the Heart of Texas"
Single by Ted Weems and His Orchestra, vocal by Perry Como[2]
B-side"Ollie Ollie Outs in Free"
ReleasedJanuary 1942[1]
RecordedDecember 9, 1941, Los Angeles[3]
GenreCountry & western
Length2:42
LabelDecca
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.[4]

Notable recordings

1942 chart recordings

Other notable versions

Film appearances

Other usage

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,[21] San Antonio Missions, Rice Owls, Houston Cougars, and Baylor Bears 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. It is played before every Houston Texans game, 15 minutes before kickoff.

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.[22]

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

It was used along with two other songs in the second segment for the Audio-Animatronic, Dolly Dimples, in the original Chuck E Cheese Pizza Time Theatre (now called Chuck E in San Jose, California from 1977 to 1982

See also

References

  1. ^ 78 Record: Ted Weems - Deep In The Heart Of Texas (1942), retrieved 2021-07-19
  2. ^ 78 Record: Ted Weems - Deep In The Heart Of Texas (1942), retrieved 2021-07-19
  3. ^ Ted Weems And His Orchestra; Perry Como; Don Swander; June Hershey (1941-12-09), Deep in the Heart of Texas, Internet Archive, Decca, retrieved 2021-07-19
  4. ^ Smith, Kathleen E.R. (28 March 2003). God Bless America: Tin Pan Alley Goes to War. The University Press of Kentucky. p. 25. ISBN 0-8131-2256-2.
  5. ^ "THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  6. ^ 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.
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  8. ^ "THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  10. ^ Orodenker, M.H. (February 28, 1942). "On the Records". Billboard. p. 25.
  11. ^ a b "Pop Chronicles 1940s Program #6". 1972.
  12. ^ "THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT". 78discography.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  13. ^ Orodenker, M.H. (March 7, 1942). "On the Records". Billboard. p. 21.
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  19. ^ "Pee-wee Rocks".
  20. ^ "Whip It (Film)".
  21. ^ Pentis, Andrew (16 August 2012). "Stadium Songs-Houston Astros". ESPN.com. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  22. ^ 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.