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Al Dexter

Clarence Albert Poindexter (May 4, 1905 – January 28, 1984), known as Al Dexter, was an American country musician and songwriter. He is best known for "Pistol Packin' Mama," a 1944 hit that was one of the most popular recordings of the World War II years and later became a hit again with a cover by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 4th, 1905 (Jacksonville), Died January 28th, 1984 (Denton)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, songwriter, composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-056531 10-in. 10/12/1940 Blue eyed baby Cecil Campbell ; Tennessee Ramblers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Decca 84457 4/16/1953 Move over Rover Al Dexter vocalist  
Decca 84458 4/16/1953 That's how gossip gets around Al Dexter vocalist  
Decca 84459 4/16/1953 I got a guilty conscience Al Dexter vocalist  
Decca 84460 4/16/1953 My careless heart Al Dexter vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dexter, Al," accessed August 1, 2021,

Dexter, Al. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 1, 2021, from

"Dexter, Al." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 August 2021.

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