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Ruby Allmond
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Birth: May 2, 1923
Death: Jan. 23, 2006

Country Musician. She was a talented, songwriter, fiddler, and guitarist.

Ruby Allmond played fiddle and guitar, but is best remembered for her songwriting. Texas songwriter Cindy Walker introduced Ruby Allmond to Chet Atkins in Nashville starting Allmond's association with RCA Records. She wrote " I Mustn't Pass This Way Again" for Ferlin Husky and Dottie West took Allmond's song "Reno" into the Top 10. Ruby Allmond performed in fiddle bands in the 1940s when most female entertainers were regulated to vocals and provided the musical accompaniment to fellow Bonham resident Sam Rayburn's campaigns for Congress.

There's nothing like home cooking and for people that appreciate the music of Ruby Allmond, there's nothing like "A Little Home Cooking," a select collection of fiddle and guitar instrumentals Ruby loved.

The album included her stage arrangement of "Listen To The Mockingbird," "OrangeBlossom Special" and "Cottoneyed Joe" with some great bow work on it. The recording also features some different types of guitar songs, including some that Allmond wrote.

Ruby is best known for penning "Reno," a top-ten song on the charts when Dottie West recorded the tune in 1968.

Ruby had always enjoyed writing, but her career as a noted songwriter began in 1953 after the purchase of some recording equipment gave Allmond a glimpse of her songs' potential.

"Recording inspired her," longtime friend and co-worker Audra Brock recalls, "and the possibilities inspired her more."

In her late teens and early 20s, Ruby was fortunate to play in some of the same shows as Howdy Forrester and Georgia Slim Rutland, two of the nation's best fiddlers.

At that time, Ruby was primarily a fiddler playing in a band that consisted of her brothers, Roy and Raymond, on guitar and Gober native Harold Carder on bass. It was an era when women played second fiddle in most people's minds, but Allmond was driven to prove women could play with the very best. She displayed an uncanny versatility, equally at home on a swing tune or racing through traditional fiddle breakdowns.

People had asked about a collection of Allmond's favorite instrumentals and that led to the compilation of "A Little Home Cooking" by Ruby Allmond, 22 songs that Ruby always enjoyed playing. Eleven songs feature her on fiddle and 11 songs have Ruby playing guitar. The recording was released June 1, 2007.

Arledge Ridge Cemetery-Bonham
Fannin County
Texas, USA
Created by: K
Record added: Aug 31, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21273761
Ruby Allmond
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Ruby Allmond
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Ruby Allmond
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 Added: Aug. 1, 2009

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