Tex
Fletcher

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Camp Croft, South Carolina
US Army Infantry Replacement Training Center


"Tex" Fletcher was born Geremino 'Jerry' Bisceglia in Harrison, NY, one of 8 children of Italian immigrants.  He left home at age 15, joining the circus, and traveled  across the US and Canada, settling in South Dakota where he learned to handle horses and cattle, and became a 'real' cowboy.  He returned to New York in the early '30s and took a radio job as singing cowboy on WFAS in White Plains, NY where he became know as "The Lonely Cowboy." Tex eventually landed as Cowboy Answer Man on WWOR, New Jersey. In late 1938, he connected with the Arcadia Production company and Grand National Pictures, and a deal was cut for a new series of sagebrush musicals.  The initial film of the series, Six Gun Rhythm (Grand National, 1939) was released in early 1939, with Tex playing a college football hero who goes west to discover the killer of his father. Upon release of the film, Grand National went belly-up, leaving the only existing prints of the film unreleased. Tex literally 'took the bull by the horns' and set out on a one-man promotional tour for the film of the Northeast US. He personally booked and traveled to each movie house, opening the showing with a couple of songs, showing the film and then signing autographs for fans after the film was over. With that, Fletcher's career as a silver screen cowboy was over, after only one film, and he returned to New York and his radio show. He served in the Army during World War II, reaching the rank of Sergeant. At the end of the war, he married and started a family - 5 children: Robert, Jayne, Kathy, George, Michael. Returning to radio, night clubs, and television (ABC, NBC, WOR), his last album was released 1964. During his career, Tex recorded for London, Decca, Dakota, and others before his death in 1987.  His son George is also a musician. 

For more on Tex, you may visit http://www.texfletcher.com



Tex Promotional Photo from "Six Gun Rhythm"
A promotional photo from
the Republic picture "Six Gun Rhythm"


   








Article from Spartanburg Journal
A local article from the Spartanburg Herald


Article from an unknown newspaper, possibly from South Dakota. concerning Tex and his stay at Croft

Good Conduct Awarded
Here is the General Order where "Tex", AKA Geremano Bisceglia, was awarded a Good Conduct Medal



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