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John Frederick Tex Roe Robarge, Sr
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Birth: Sep. 14, 1922, USA
Death: Feb. 25, 2001
Frederick County
Maryland, USA

Let me begin by saying that my father's musical career fits in every way the criteria on this site for what is determined to be "famous". Just because one person is not well versed in my father's career does not make his opinion to be sufficiently knowledgeable on what determines fame. Well known in the Northeast,WWVA,Nashville,TN and worlwide recognition (His single,"John The Babptist was distributed from New York to California,overseas including London,Italy,Bermuda,Hawaii and the Bahamas and reached #number 10 on the Billboard Charts)for his country music and unique sound. He was a father,husband and loved his Marine Veteran's organization to which he devoted much time and care. He had a military burial. Tex Roe also earned numerous awards,including many for his financial contributions to various charitable organizations. He was inducted into the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame on May 24th,1981. That day was declared "Tex Roe Day." In 1951, he shared the Syracuse War Memorial Building stage with Hank Williams,Sr. He has performed and was close friends with PeeWee King,(whose show he also toured with)the composer of "Tennesee Waltz". He was officially considered to be a pioneer of country music. His name appears as one of the country music artists in the 1969 WWVA Jamboree Tribute Book to Hall of Famers and other special country music legends. He performed regularly with his own show (The StarMaker Show) on the Ernest Tubb Jamboree Radio Show. He was for over twenty years, a disc jockey with his own morning show on WKRT in Cortland,NY. He had four songs on the national charts. His music was distributed and played nationally. He shared the stage with Loretta Lynn,Eddie Arnold,Roy Drusky,Tex Ritter,Wanda Jackson,Sons of the Pioneers (with whom he and my mother did shows with in Florida and elsewhere),Ferlin Husky,Roy Clark,many others.In Cortland,NY, there is a museum that holds many of Tex's musical pieces and special items. He also had his own television show. Oh! I forgot to mention that Roy Rogers personally asked my father to perform for the Grand Opening of the World Finals Rodeo in Phiadelphia,Pennsylvania in 1949. His recording of "What Love Have I" reached #11 on the charts. Songs do not reach at those numbers without fans purchasing them from more than just the local town the artist came from. Tex Roe's accomplishments with his musical career are many, as are the accolade's from far outside his local residency. These words are from his family,friends and fans from across the world. The great and legendary late Link Wray produced the album,"Fire Shootin' Pony" for Tex on Mark IV Records around 1970 at his studio in Accokeek,MD. This appears on the bio of that album: "A versatile writer,composer and masterof ceremonnies,Tex has already had one record in the Top 10 and several on the Most Popular lists. He is best remembered for "Rocketship To The Moon","John The Baptist" and "Treasure Chest Of Love." All were original compositions,"John The Baptist",being written by Tex's good friend and partner, John Tobin. 
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  Clarence William Robarge (____ - 1958)
  Alice May Parker Hay (1902 - 1974)
  Leona Mae Baker Robarge (1924 - 1993)
  Cynthia Jo Taylor (1951 - 2016)*
*Calculated relationship
Virgil Rural Cemetery
Cortland County
New York, USA
Created by: Cindi Taylor
Record added: May 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19229232
John Frederick <i>Tex Roe</i> Robarge, Sr
Added by: Cindi Taylor
John Frederick <i>Tex Roe</i> Robarge, Sr
Added by: Cindi Taylor
John Frederick <i>Tex Roe</i> Robarge, Sr
Added by: Cindi Taylor
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- the Jeans
 Added: Sep. 28, 2015
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 Added: Sep. 27, 2015
The great Tex Roe everyone knows.
- Madelynn Robarge
 Added: Oct. 9, 2010
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