Randy Boone

Co-Star of the Television Series "Cimmaron Strip"

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Television actor Randy Boone parlayed his appearances on the television series The Virginian and Cimmaron Strip into a recording career that resulted in several albums in the 1960s. Boone has a better than serviceable voice and performs mostly country ballads on his fourth album, Co-Star of the Television Series "Cimmaron Strip." Boone's recording of Jimmie Driftwood's "Tennessee Stud" is his second pass at the song; he also cut it for Decca in 1964. Boone seems to prefer sentimental slow songs, but "Old Dolores" is a Western tale that ties in with his reputation as an actor in Western shows. Don Law's production eschews oppressive pop flourishes -- he doesn't take as hard a country approach as his Carl Smith productions, but doesn't push Boone toward pop, either. Boone actually wrote three of the songs on the album, including "Old Delores" and the excellent "Nothing but Time," which is a strong candidate for best cut after "Tennessee Stud." Boone closes with "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," wrapping up a respectable celebrity vocal record that follows well-established country music traditions.