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Ed Bruce

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One Ed Bruce 03:56
The Last Cowboy Song Ed Bruce 04:58
Girls, Women & Ladies Ed Bruce 03:15
This Old Hat Ed Bruce 03:08
Angeline Ed Bruce 03:05
Mama's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys Ed Bruce 03:21
My First Taste of Texas Ed Bruce 03:54
When I Die, Just Let Me Go To Texas Ed Bruce 03:11
You're The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had Ed Bruce 03:18
Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys Ed Bruce 02:00

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Mama's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
The Last Cowboy Song
Girls, Women & Ladies
You're The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had

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Biography

A country performer, songwriter,
and occasional actor, Ed Bruce was born William Edwin Bruce Jr. on December 29,
1939 in Keiser, Arkansas. As a teenager he was discovered by the legendary head
of Sun Records, Sam Phillips and had his first professional work at Sun as a
rockabilly artist on singles like “Rockin’ Boppin’ Baby” (1957). He continued
to record, and he found success as a songwriter when his “See the Big Man
Cry”
became a top 10 hit in 1965 for Charlie Louvin. His 1968 debut album, If
I Could Just Go Home
gave him his biggest chart success to that point with
the number 57 country single “Walker’s Woods”. He would establish
himself with his self-titled 1976 album that contained “Mamas Don’t Let Your
Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”
, a number 15 country hit for him that would
become an outlaw country standard when covered three years later by Willie
Nelson and Waylon Jennings. He went on to score a string of seventeen top 40
country hits throughout the 1980s including 1981’s “You’re the Best Break
This Old Heart Ever Had”
(his only number 1 as a performer), 1982’s “Ever,
Never Lovin’ You”
, 1983’s “After All”, 1984’s “You Turn Me On
(Like a Radio)”
, and 1986’s “Nights”. He switched his focus to
acting and became a TV host as well as the co-star in the short-lived western
series Bret Maverick. Bruce passed away on January 8, 2021.