Stillwater, Oklahoma: Otto Gray, 1930. First Edition. Original Wraps. 43pp; 17 illus from photographs. Contains a one-page history, candid photos and portraits of the group, along with words and music to 36 songs from their repertoire, including: Adam and Eve; The Old Maid And The Burglar; Ozark Trail; The Convict And The Rose; I Had But Fifty Cents; and 31 more. 9" x 6" Very Good. Item #031301
Otto Gray and his Oklahoma Cowboys were the first nationally famous cowboy band.Formed in Ripley, Oklahoma in the early 1920s, the band was first known as McGinty's Oklahoma Cowboy Band, for the leader, Billy McGinty, a well-known cowboy, former Rough Rider, and World Championship Rider with Buffalo Bill's show. Otto Gray (1884-1967) took over the band in the mid-1920s when McGinty retired to his ranch. The band members were authentic cowboys from ranches in and around Ripley. Their history and discography can be found readily on the internet, although this songbook is rare.