Red River Dave

Red River Dave McEnery (born David Largus McEnery) (December 15, 1914 – January 15, 2002) was an American artist, musician, and writer of topical songs. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, United States. He got the nickname "Red River Dave" because he enjoyed singing "Red River Valley" in high school. He was the leader of The Swift Cowboys.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 15th, 1914 (San Antonio), Died January 15th, 2002

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, narrator, composer, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-036631 10-in. 5/1/1939 Johnnie darlin' Big Cypress Boys ; Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-056518 10-in. 10/11/1940 I won't care The Pine Ridge Boys Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and yodeling composer  
Victor D9VB-0404 10-in. 3/8/1949 The blind boy's dog Rainbow Ranch Boys ; Hank Snow Male vocal solo, with string band composer  
Decca 67071 10-in. 1/18/1940 When they [changed] my name to a number Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67072 10-in. 1/18/1940 Down Del Rio way Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67073 10-in. 1/18/1940 Where is my Mama Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67074 10-in. 1/18/1940 When you're a long, long way from home Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67690 10-in. 5/8/1940 When it's Springtime in the Rockies Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67691 10-in. 5/8/1940 Things that might have been Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67692 10-in. 5/8/1940 Stars over Laredo Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67693 10-in. 5/8/1940 My Red River Valley home Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67881 10-in. 6/24/1940 Goodbye, little darlin', goodbye Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67882 10-in. 6/24/1940 Would you care Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67883 10-in. 6/24/1940 Sierra Sue Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67884 10-in. 6/24/1940 Her name was Rosita Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67942 10-in. 7/22/1940 Daddy and home Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 67943 10-in. 7/22/1940 My old pal Red River Dave vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 85588 12/22/1953 The red deck of cards Red River Dave vocalist  
Decca 85589 12/22/1953 Searching for you buddy Red River Dave vocalist  
Decca NA 9169 8/30/1955 When Davy Crockett met the San Antonio rose Red River Dave vocalist, narrator  
Decca NA 9170 8/30/1955 The night before Christmas, Caramba! Red River Dave vocalist, narrator  
Decca NA 9171 8/30/1955 Promises Red River Dave vocalist, narrator  
Decca NA 9172 8/30/1955 Oh, oh, oh how I love you Red River Dave vocalist, narrator  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Red River Dave," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109969.

Red River Dave. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109969.

"Red River Dave." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109969

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