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Oldie Country Romance, Musical/Vocal, 2010 Album Release
ROSE OF CHEROKEE Gold ~ 13 Track CD released Jan 2010 ~ A very pleasant and special one of a kind oldie carousel/festive dance and country romance mood with various Polka Musicals and a Country Vocal mix. In memory of creator and Label Owner.
The Star of this "one of a kind" oldie Country/Polka mix is the 1967 Gold Label earner, hit song and Writer Award Winning Musical "Rose of Cherokee" written, composed and recorded by Esther Casteel (Western Ranch Music) and performed by Artist Cecil Ziebart. It also contains several musicals and the 1995 "Rose of Cherokee" vocal version performed by Virge Brown.
Virge Brown has recorded a number of Tommy Barri songs as well, around 1981, including:
Song For Reunited Lovers; She (Is The One); Intruder; The Maid Called Lorelei; I Forgive You But I Can’t Forget You; You Are The One; One Wish To Make and I Search The Years.
A Veteran Country Music Artist, Virge Brown had his own radio program “One Wish To Make” and TV show “The Virge Brown Show” (the original SADDLE-MATES group) who will long be remembered for their songs of the “Old West”. Virge is also well known for his songwriting, and as a top Disc Jockey.
Esther Casteel started writing songs and composing music circa 1930. She designed her Western Ranch Music Record Label, around 1950, while living in New Mexico and then moved to California where she obtained her recording license in 1952..
Some Bands and Artists under her label and/or who performed her songs from the 1950’s to 1995, were Cecil Ziebart and The Polka Pals, Ked Killen and The Western All Stars,Lee Felts and The Feltons, John York, Virge Brown and The Saddle Pals, Gordon Harris and Western Four. The Pell Brothers performed Esther’s song “Big Earl” under the Western Ranch Music Record Label and the Elliot Brothers Ork, recorded under Esther’s Label at the same time. Tex Ritter once performed Esther’s “Hey Pretty Mama” song.
In a Billboard Article dated June 12, 1954 "Esther Casteel's Western Ranch Music bowed with the new label and a flock of C&W artists .... 'Grand Ole Opry' troup headlining Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Marty Robins, Rusty Gabbard, Danny Dill, and The Drifting Cowboys and The Texas Troubadors and Bill Myrick of KECK, Odessa, TX., slated for the 'Permian Basin Jamboree' in Odessa." On September 18, 1954 "The firms prexy was recording such artists as Baby Darlene, Cowboy Dallas Turner, Cherokee Rocky Rose and His Trail Dusters, Jim Hall and his Texas Ramblers, and Bob Wesley".
Some of Esther's first releases listed in Billboards Sept 12, 1953 issue are "Deep In The Rockies, WRM-3-A; In My Garden of Dreams, WRM-3-B; Don't be Jealous Honey, WRM-8-A; My Heart's The Symbol of Loves Sorrow WRM-8-B; Lest You Forget, WRM-10-A; and Blue Sunshine, WRM-10-B". On December 5, 1953, Esther Casteel is listed as personal manager of Auto-harp and guitar player, Harvey Fink. And on January 30, 1954 Esther releases two more recordings "There’s a Tear on The Roses Tonight, WRM-12-A and Cowtown Ball, WRM-12-B".
Around 1952 and into the late 1950’s, Esther managed three additional recording bands; The Westernairs, Old Westerners and Rhythumaires. Esther recorded previously under White Label in New Mexico and Colorado, circa 1940-51. (Not to be mistaken for the European White Label). The Sun Valley Boys were one of her earlier recording bands when she lived in New Mexico. In the early 50’s she had her own band called Cimmeron Sun Valley Boys. At one point in time, there were thirteen bands and seven singers contracted to Esther Casteel, including Canadian groups. She was a busy lady. Esther had already raised a family of seven children and was forty-one years old when she obtained her recording license. She started her family and writing music in about 1926.
By 2006 Esther Casteel was a 47-year member of The National Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1973 Esther Casteel, was voted to become one of 21 Grammy Governors to serve from 1973-1974 out of the San Francisco, Ca., Chapter. The only woman at that time. Something to be proud of in that day and time. She was a voting member of NARAS, Los Angeles, Ca., Chapter for 38 years. She also became an ASCAP NY member shortly after she obtained her Western Ranch Music Record Label License in 1952. Western Ranch Music remains an ASCAP Member and now with Publisher status as well.
Releases of vinyl records and reissues of vinyl 45's, Collector Mono LP's and Cassettes were produced with Esther's works as late as 1995, and still are. Esther Casteel was an Author/Composer and Recording Pioneer of circa 1940’s-50's Country, Western, Blues, Cowboy and Polka music; keeping that unique clean crisp sound which carried over into her 1960’s-70's Country and Western Blues, Folk & Rockabilly Retro.
These unique works continue to be available under her original WRM label and more are returning to the market due to demand from collectors and fans.
The May 27, 1967 issue of Billboard, International News, Toronto, Canada, states "The Western Ranch Label in the U.S. has released it's second single by Cecil Ziebart and The Polka Pals old time and Western music group from Medicine Hat, Alta. Their "Rose of Cherokee" backed with "Be Sure Dear" is making charts in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, and negotiations are under way for Canadian distribution."
Esther received an award/trophy for her "Rose of Cherokee" Song. She was named Best Country and Western Music Writer and was listed in Who's Who in Country Music. Rose of Cherokee was the first song ever 'written and composed' solely by Esther in 1930. Rose of Cherokee earned a gold label by running 16 weeks as a top of the charts Musical Hit in 1967-68. Not long after the “Rose of Cherokee” Hit “Hey Pretty Mama” climbed the charts circa 1968-69 to earn Author Esther Casteel and shared Composer Ked Killen, a Red Hot Label Hit.
Esther wrote and recorded over 200 songs starting circa 1930 and by the year 1995. Most were recorded on vinyl records (78 and 45 rpm). After that, songs were available on Cassette and now on CD & MP3. Western Ranch Music is in the process of digitally remastering many of these works. Some of her best songs are now available on popular music download sites worldwide, like Amazon, iTunes, etc.. Some physical CD's are currently available for sale on Amazon.com. (Search by the Artist name). Visit our myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/
Information and historical events were gathered from physical news and articles collected over the many years by WRM and/or information is WRM history; and/or information was shared by and/or published previously for/with/by permission of WRM Record Label.
Written by Douglas Deason
© Western Ranch Music™ Record Label and Pub 2009
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Western Ranch Music™ ~ Since 1952 ~ By 2006 Esther Casteel was a 47-year member of The National Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1973 Esther Casteel, was voted to become one of 21 Grammy Governors to serve from 1973-1974 out of the San Francisco, Ca., Chapter. The only woman at that time. Something to be proud of in that day and time. She was a voting member of NARAS, Los Angeles, Ca., Chapter for 38 years. She also became an ASCAP NY member shortly after she obtained her Western Ranch Music Record Label License in 1952. Western Ranch Music remains an ASCAP Member and now with Publisher status as well. Esther received an award/trophy for her "Rose of Cherokee" Song. She was named Best Country and Western Music Writer and was listed in Who's Who in Country Music. Rose of Cherokee was the first song ever 'written and composed' solely by Esther in 1930. Rose of Cherokee earned a gold label by running 16 weeks as a top of the charts Musical Hit in 1967-68.