The Hee Haw Cowboy Quartet performs “Red River Valley” Live Video On Hee Haw.

The Hee Haw Cowboy Quartet - This group, patterned after the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet, was short-lived, having formed near the end of the series' run. Like the group name suggests; the quartet, dressed in cowboy costumes, would perform a western song in the style of the Sons of the Pioneers on a western-style stage setting.

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Red River Valley:

Hugh Cross and Riley Puckett(Cover Single)
Hugh Cross and Riley Puckett(Cover Single)

Just as there are many Red Rivers across the US and Canada, from the Northwest Territory to NY state, and from Texas to Manitoba, there are many possible origins of what has become an American cowboy song. Originally, it was a folk song, with many variations as it moved from one area to another during the 1800’s, but after it was recorded in 1925 and 1929 as “The Cowboy Love Song,” it became firmly established as a cowboy song.

The Hee Haw Cowboy Quartet – This group, patterned after the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet, was short-lived, having formed near the end of the series’ run. Like the group name suggests; the quartet, dressed in cowboy costumes, would perform a western song in the style of the Sons of the Pioneers on a western-style stage setting.



Michael Martin Murphey (Single)
Michael Martin Murphey (Single)

Some versions:
Hugh Cross and Riley Puckett 1927 First release
The Beverly Hill Billies 1930
“Texas” Jim Robertson 1941
Sons of the Pioneers November 1949
Eddy Arnold September 1955
The Blue Ridge Mountain Boys 1963
Stonewall Jackson October 1968
Don Edwards featuring The Reinsmen 1980
Riders in the Sky 1981
Michael Martin Murphey 1990
Wylie & The Wild West 1996
Reg Poole 2001
Carolyn Martin 2018
…and many more !!!

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Gene Autry – Red River Valley Lyrics

From this valley they say you are goin’
I will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile
For they say you are takin’ the sunshine
That has brightened our pathway the while

Do you think of the valley you’re leavin’
Oh how lonely and dreary it will be
Do you think of the fond heart you’re breakin’
And the sadness you’ve cast over me

For a long time my dear, I’ve been waiting
For the words that you never would say
And alas my poor heart you are breakin’
For they tell me you’re goin’ away

As you go to your home by the ocean
May you never forget those sweet hours
That we spent in the Red River Valley
And the love we exchanged mid the flowers

Come and sit by my side if you love me
Do not hasten to bid me adieu
But remember the Red River Valley
And the one that has loved you so true

Gene Autry Red River Valley (Single)
Gene Autry Red River Valley (Single)