Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Song History...Ghost Riders In The Sky...

Download our version of this song located in the sidebar under "FFS Audio Song List" and let it play softly in the background as you read this

This song is one of the best cowboy songs ever written. As kids, George Harvey and his wife, Phyllis Mae loved to hear this song on the radio. Phyllis Mae lived in Ajo, Arizona and George Harvey lived in Lubbock, Texas. However, they listened to the same radio station out of Del Rio, Texas!

Back in 1997 our family entertainment was singing old western songs. "Ghost Riders In The Sky" quickly became one of our favorite songs to sing when we performed out at the Senator's Restaurant located at the famous Terry Bison Ranch in southern Wyoming.

One particular memory of singing this song was when a tour group came in to the Senator's Restaurant after a ride across the ranch viewing the Buffalo herds. After we finished singing the song, one of the guys in the group told us that they were having the best time of their lives, because one of the bulls' had charged the wagon and then they walked into the restaurant with us singing one of his favorite cowboys songs! All the loading, setting up and tearing down of our equipment was worth it all!!!

Our 1997 version of "Ghost Riders In The Sky" is now active in our "FFS Audio Song List" in the sidebar. George Harvey, Travis Lee, and Anthony Wayne sing this western classic with Janey Loree playing the keyboard and TnT* playing acoustic guitars.

The "Buffalo Wallow" picture was painted by my mother, Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher in 1998. We found the piece of wood with the barbed wire already attached, the sun is painted over a knot in the wood, and the water in the wallow is accented by an area of rotted wood. This is one of TnT's favorite paintings.

Ghost Riders In The Sky was written in 1948 by Stan Jones.

Follow this link to read
the story behind the song!

Follow this link to read the legend behind the name!

*TnT is the nickname that was given to my sons Travis and Anthony (Tony).
Artwork Copyright 2007 by Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher (my mother!)
Photographs by Janey Loree (unless otherwise stated)


CyberCelt said...

You may want to read the legend behind the name:
Just checking all links for the carnival.

Janey Loree said...

Thanks cybercelt! I added your link to the post!! See ya at the carnival!!!

Janey Loree said...

BLOG VILLAGE Recreation Carnival Post #1 of 25...

Welcome everyone to The Fisher Family Singers entry. We hope that you enjoy yourselves!! I'll see you on your entries or blogs if you are just passing through!!!

Dirty Butter said...

What a talented family you belong to!! I love the picture, and your memories of singing this song. It happens to be one of my DH's favorite Western songs, sung by the Sons of the Pioneers. I'll have to get him to listen to your family's version.

Stopping by from the BLOG VILLAGE Recreation Carnival!!

Dirty Butter said...

PS. Why don't you have THIS blog on BLOG VILLAGE?????????????????????

Crystal said...

I loved this song as a kid - we learned it in music class, lol.

Naomi said...

Ghost Riders in the Sky is one of those classic country and western songs. It's one of my all-time favourites. You and your family are so talented. I will add your new website to my link list next time I log in. I'm visiting you from tbe Blog Village Carnival

Janey Loree said...

Thanks DB! I hope your DH likes our version. :) I don't think anyone would go wrong singing any of the songs by the Sons of the Pioneers. All three generations in our group love the old western songs!!!

Janey Loree said...

FFS is now an official BLOG VILLAGE blog!!! Thanks DB for suggesting we join!!!

Janey Loree said...

Hey Crystal, it sounds like you had a great music teacher!!!

Janey Loree said...

Thanks for the link Naomi! Music has been a wonderful part of my life and now that I have learned to turn our home recordings into mp3's I have a way to chronicle some of the memories!!!

I want to thank everyone that has visit FFS via the BLOG VILLAGE Recreation Carnival hosted by CyberCelt on her Texas RV Travel Blog.