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Deep in the Heart of Texas

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Donald Swander (arr. Richard Hayman and R. Mark Rogers)

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General Info

Year: 1941 /
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Song
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

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.

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.

In the 21st century, this Texas-pride work is regularly played at many sporting events in Texas.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

The song's title was borrowed for the name of a 1942 Western film starring Johnny Mack Brown as a man instrumental in restoring Texas to the United States following the American Civil War. It featured Tex Ritter and the Jimmy Wakely Trio singing the title song.

- Program Note from Texas Chamber of Commerce

"I wrote a lot of songs that were better," Swander said in a 1982 interview. "I am ashamed of 'Texas.' It's a two-chord song."

- Program Note from Las Vegas Sun


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