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Jim Lowe as Big Tex

Posted by Mark Ritchie 
Jim Lowe as Big Tex
September 28, 2017 10:00PM
I know about the WRR recordings, but does anyone know of a recording of Jim speaking as Big Tex? I thought I could find one on YouTube, but no luck. He was the true sound of Big Tex!
Re: Jim Lowe as Big Tex
September 29, 2017 09:20AM
There might be something here. i didn't look at each article. The 1968 film was pretty cool though!


Re: Jim Lowe as Big Tex
September 30, 2017 06:59AM
The 1962 movie, State Fair was filmed at the Fairgrounds during the Fair- probably the 1961 Fair.
I'll bet it features Lowe voicing Big Tex.
Re: Jim Lowe as Big Tex
September 30, 2017 12:00PM
Big Tex was in the movie. Jim Lowe? I don't know. Probably, since the film was made as you said, within the fair grounds during the fair. Now, who were the actors, beyond Pat Boone and Ann Margret (that is right isn't it).

Dave McNeely
Re: Jim Lowe as Big Tex
September 30, 2017 02:41PM
Bobby Daren was the other big star.

Here's a list of the cast:
Re: Jim Lowe as Big Tex
September 30, 2017 02:50PM
I'm not sure it was filmed during the fair. I know that some kids from Dan D. Rogers Elementary were picked for the merry-gp-round scene, because my god-mother's son was in it. Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney were going through a messy divorce at the time and it was a topic of keen interest to be so close to headlines like that.

Victoria Snyder Alvey
Re: Jim Lowe as Big Tex
May 07, 2018 05:54AM
When I was a Boy Scout about age 13, I was at the Fair and landed a day job working at a place where I would use letter templates and a router to carve the surnames of patrons into 1x4x12 cedar wood. I'd then paint the insides of the letters in their choice of color.

Right next door was the WRR broadcast trailer. Jim Lowe would come out a walk around a bit, and every 10-15 minutes he would go back inside. Then, you could hear his booming voice... "Howdy folks! Welcome to the State Fair of Texas!".
Re: Jim Lowe as Big Tex
May 07, 2018 09:21AM
FWIW at this late date, Jim Lowe is listed on the imdb page cited above as the Voice of Big Tex for the movie.

Dave McNeely
Re: Jim Lowe as Big Tex
June 13, 2018 02:55PM
That's so cool. I never did find another recording of him as Big Tex.

My parents were acquainted with him, so we would stop by with our kids every time we went to the fair. He would visit with us outside of his booth. One time when it was one of our kids' birthdays, he had Big Tex actually wish her a happy birthday. Great memories.
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