Patsy Montana – I Wanna Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart, is a country and Western song written and first recorded in 1935 by Ruby Blevins, who performed as Patsy Montana. It was the first country song by a female artist to sell more than one million copies.
Montana wrote the song in 1934 when she was feeling lonely and missing her boyfriend; it was recorded a year later when producer Art Satherley, of ARC Records, needed one more song at a Prairie Ramblers recording session. Montana was the group’s soloist at the time. Her song is based on Stuart Hamblen’s western song Texas Plains: he is therefore credited as a cowriter. Patsy Montana embellished the simpler musical pattern of the original, especially with her yodeling. Patsy also used a lot of the original words: the song is somewhat of a feminine answer to its precursor.
Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. In 2012 her record was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” American sound recordings.
Patsy Montana – I Wanna Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart
B-side “Ridin’ Old Paint”
Released November 1935
Recorded August 16, 1935
Studio ARC Studios, New York City
Genre Country (Hillbilly), Western
Label Melotone 51156
Songwriter(s) Patsy Montana
Producer(s) Art Satherley