Music

Ed Bruce

Sample this concert
  1. 1Baby Let's Go01:58
  2. 2Fourteen Carat Mind02:52
  3. 3New Looks From An Old Lover02:50
  4. 4Tennessee Cowboy Band / The Man That Turned My Mama On05:57
  5. 5The Streets Of Laredo03:33
  6. 6Diane03:56
  7. 7Red Doggin' Again04:23
  8. 8(When You Fall in Love) Everything's a Waltz02:57
  9. 9Love Somebody To Death04:55
  10. 10Memories Can Stand To Be Alone04:16
  11. 11My First Taste Of Texas03:45
  12. 12Children Go Where I Send Thee03:01
  13. 13Head Over Heels In Love With You02:36
  14. 14Love's Found You And Me03:11
  15. 15Theme from Bret Maverick02:35
  16. 16Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys05:28
  17. 17Texas (When I Die)07:10
  18. 18After All03:31
  19. 19Last Cowboy Song03:49
  20. 20Instrumental Jam00:52
Liner Notes

Ed Bruce - vocals, guitars, mandolin; Randy Rich - lead guitar; Unknown - pedal steel; Dave Bowen - bass; Mike Houser - drums; Lou Sexton - keyboards

Ed Bruce never saw the commercial success that many of the country artists he wrote for did, but, he certainly has made a mark. As a songwriter, he has written hits for Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson, among others.

He began his career as a rockabilly artists at age 17, in 1956, when he cut his first sides for the legendary Sun Records (original home of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash). His career on that label fizzled quickly, and he re-emerged in the 1960s as a rock 'n' roll artist. In 1967, he signed with RCA, who re-shaped him as a country artist. Among his first minor hits was a country version of the current Monkees' hit, "The Last Train To Clarksville."

His career as a songwriter began to take off in the 1970s, and received a big boost in 1976 when Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson had a #1 hit with the Bruce song, "Mamma's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys." In 1980, Ed Bruce signed to MCA Records, who were finally successful in breaking him as a hit making country act, even if it was only for a few years. While at MCA (during the period this show was recorded for the Silver Eagle Cross Country Radio Concert Series), Bruce charted with a number of songs including, "Diane," "The Last Cowboy Song," "When You Fall In Love (Everything's A Waltz)," "Evil Angel," and "Love's Found You And Me." His biggest hit, "You're the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had" went as high as #5 on the country charts.

This show features most of Bruce's best known songs, both those he recorded and those he wrote for others. In addition to his music, Bruce has actively pursued an acting career and he had a leading role in the TV western series, Maverick starring James Garner.