Movieland Mystery Photo — The TCM Singing Cowboy … SOLVED!

Credit to Mike Hawks. This is Joe Morrison in “La Fiesta de Santa Barbara.”


I know everybody who reads the Daily Mirror has seen our friend the TCM Singing Cowboy. Whoever does the introductions for “TCM Extras” loves the singing cowboy and always sneaks him in. Here he is in the current introduction. He’s also in the previous version, and I’ll root around in the archives to see if I can find it.

TCM Singing Cowboy

He even appeared in the special “TCM Extras” introduction for the 31 Days of Oscar, 2012.

As everyone knows, I’m not a huge enthusiast of Westerns. How about a little help? Who is this guy?

Note: Because I don’t know who this is, I’m going to post answers as they come in rather than waiting until later.


I found the previous version of the “TCM Extras” introduction (from 2011) and our singing cowboy isn’t there. I’m sure I’ve seen him pop up somewhere else, though…. Hm.

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11 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo — The TCM Singing Cowboy … SOLVED!

  1. Don Danard says:

    Tempting to say it’s young Dennis Morgan from one of the 2 reel western shorts he did for Warner Brothers.


  2. Mary Mallory says:

    I think it’s Ken Maynard.


  3. Charles Kjelland says:

    Charles Starrett?


  4. Jenny M says:

    Johnny Mack Brown?


  5. Anthony says:

    Dennis Morgan


  6. Mike Hawks says:

    This is Joe Morrison. most likely from LA FIESTA DE SANTA BARBARA 1935.


  7. Megan, Lee Ann and Thom says:

    Mr. Harnisch, we don’t know who this singing cowboy is, but we’d like to pay tribute to another singing cowboy, the late Herb Jeffries, the Bronze Buckaroo. Saw his obit on the splash page of the Washington Post this morning–he was 100 years old. We’ve enjoyed his work to the extent that we once put on a film festival in his honor. He could sing, ride, do his own stunts, and had a sense of humor about himself and show business. And, he had the good luck to father Fran Jeffries, also a fine singer. All in all, an interesting and enjoyable performer.


    • aryedirect says:

      Had the pleasure of spending some time with Herb Jeffries in the early eighties. Knew of him and his long collaboration with Oscar Micheaux. He was a true pioneer, and so much more than a singing cowboy.


      • Lee Ann says:

        You are completely right, Mr. Jeffires was much more than a singing cowboy. I didn’t mean to imply that was the extent of his talent. I only wished to pay tribute to him while the subject was singing cowboys.


  8. Megan, Lee Ann and Thom says:

    Mr. Harnisch, I stand corrected. I thought Fran Jeffries was Herb Jeffries’s daughter but nooooooo. Oh well, it made a good story. He’s still a singing cowboy!


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