Riders in the Sky - Professional moniker for a
group of country western singers that starred on the Saturday morning
children's program RIDERS IN THE SKY/CBS/1991-92.
Harmony Ranch Album
The Riders in the Sky included:
- Paul Woodrow Chrisman as Woody
Paul, a dimwitted King of the Cowboy fiddlers
known as the man with the "eight-gallon head
and in a ten-gallon hat."
- Douglas Bruce Green as Ranger Doug
Ranger Doug, the Idol of American Youth, a
yodeling, old fashioned cowboy hero who plays
- Fred LaBour as Too Slim, the
mustachioed Too Slim, the comical Man of Many
Hats who plays the bass fiddle.
Harmony Ranch in the Tumbleweed Valley, their program combined
live-action, puppets, cartoons, films and guest stars. The Riders popular
catchphrase was "It may be the easy way, but it's not...the Cowboy way."
The talented trio of singer musicians originally met in the late 1970s at a
Nashville softball field. Before their big break, each worked at all sorts
of odd jobs. Ranger Doug who was a country-music historian with a Master's
in literature from Vandervilt University sold freelanced stories and chopped
wood; Too Slim who earned a wildlife management degree at University of
Michigan was a Nashville songwriter, storyteller, and singer; and Woody Paul
who had earned a doctorate in physics from MIT repaired Volkswagen engines.
However, their mutual love of the old cowboy tunes inspired by the cool,
classic harmonies of the likes of the Sons of the Pioneers, soon fused them
into the Riders in the Sky. The group's successful National Public Radio
program "Riders Radio Theater" was the inspiration for their CBS children's
television program and later RIDER'S RADIO THEATER: THE TELEVISION SHOW on
the TNT Network.
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