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Douglas B. Green

father of well-known actor John Ritter ( 1948–2003 ). Bibliography J. Bond : The Tex Ritter Story (New York, 1976) L. Adams and B. Rainey : Shoot-em-ups: the Complete Guide to Westerns of the Sound Era (New Rochelle, NY, 1978) P. Stanfield : Horse Opera: the Strange History of the 1930s Singing Cowboy (Urbana, IL, 2002)


John C. MacInnis

Show , 1955 ). She often styled herself as a mock-music appreciation teacher; for example, she instructed audiences on “How to Write your own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera,” comically explained the plots of famous works like Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen , and described instruments of the orchestra as in her routine “Wind Instruments I have Known.” As a musical parodist, Russell jested with all musical genres. For example, she composed and sang “I’m only a faded rose” (English music-hall song), “Je n’ai pas la plume de ma tante” (French art song), and “I gave my love