Saturday, October 20, 2012

Little Texarena with Texas Roy Lucas and his Rangers



Little Texarena with Texas Roy Lucas and his Rangers

537-A - Jolly Old Fellow
(Lucy V. Penny) (Starrite BMI)

537-B - Oh Gee - Oh Gosh - Oh Golly
(Frances Rodgers / Roy Lucas) (Starrite BMI) 

4414 West Crest, Tampa, FL
 (Florida State Barn Dance address)

December 1955
 
(Record in the Starday Custom Series )



 Texas Roy (1947)
The tall cowboy with the white hat, I assume
 

The child (female?) singer is perhaps related to Texas Roy Lucas who ran a dance band in Salt Lake City before relocating to Tampa, Florida where is was a regular on the Florida State Barn Dance in the early fifties.




8 comments:

  1. Roy had a daughter, Rosemary. She went to Lois Ave. School in Drew Park and sometimes would sing for the class.

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  2. I'm his great granddaughter! Ive been looking for information on him since my granpa (Sonny Lucas) Told me stories about his music. Sadly, he wasnt a wonderful father, and granpa had little good memories of him. My fathers family has his pearl handled pistols! My grandfather passed away three years ago, but Im desperate to flesh out my family history.

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    1. Sam, I can tell you that he appeared on the Rockvale Tennessee High School stage, probably in the '40's. Dana, danapun@aol.com .

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    2. I went to the barn dance many times. I knew Roy and Rosebud she sang and played bass fiddle. There was another woman named Cherokee. Roy was a tough old guy. I heard he got shot in the parking lot at the barn dance.

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  3. Hey Anon, he was shot in the parking lot, by his second wife who was MUCH younger than him and cheating.The pearl handled pistoIs we own were the murder weapons that were sent to us from an uncle. I do not know who Rosemary was, she's not a relative of mine so she must have been one of his 'other' children. I will add this: his real name was Robert, and he was born and raised in Arkansas. He really emulated Roy Rogers and the cowboy image, so he claimed to be from Texas and used Roy as a stage name.

    Y'all have been some of the best personal information I've found anywhere. Thank you.

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    1. Roy Lucas was a monster! He used to beat his wife unmercifully. She was 8 months pregnant and he demanded she climb a ladder to repair some shingles on the rood od the Florida State Barn Dance building. She refused and he started beating her with a board. That is when she shot him. Self defense. She was beaten badly and her daughter, Rosemary, and son saw it all happen. How do I know all this? I am a relative. She is my cousin and I, as a child at the time, used to spend time out there with them. I was always scared to death of him. I could tell you some horrific things that he did but at this point it would serve no purpose.

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    2. It's Sam again. Thank you for that information, I knew he was an awful person by my grandpa's stories, he abandoned his first family and took all the money they had. I'm just repeating the stories I was told, and getting something fresh is amazing. Makes much more sense too. This has been the only in depth info I've ever found. Thank you for helping me with my history stranger, no matter how terrible the stories they clarify the past.

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  4. Roy Lucas was a monster! His wife is my cousin and their daughter, Rosemary, is my second cousin. His wife shot him in self defense. She was 8 months pregnant and he demanded she climb the ladder and repair some roof shingles on the roof of The Florida State Barn Dance. She refused and he started beating her with a board. That is when she shot him. She is lucky to be alive. I saw her after that and she was really messed up. As a child I spent a lot of time there and I was scared to death of him. I could tell you some of the horrific things he did but at this point it would serve no purpose. His wife suffered greatly throughout the years she was with him.

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