The following poem was read at The Phelps Brothers Tribute on May 3, 2003 at the South Norfolk Moose Lodge. This special evening included dinner, dancing
and a film tribute that included footage of highlights of over 60 years of entertainment.
The Legend of the Phelps Brothers
Who are these
local legends we honor here tonight,
life-time full of stories, I could easily recite.
But to keep
it plain and simple for all to hear,
a few highlights to give you an idea!
winter of '36, New York was their first stop,
booked them on his show and they came out on top.
was the Texas Centennial and so they headed west,
& sang Home on the Range at FDR's request.
the Six Bar Cowboys during their stay in San Antone,
the Trail" to Hollywood, to make the town their own.
they spotted Tom Mix one day, the famous cowboy star,
He made them
members of his gang at the famous "Brown Derby Bar".
their cowboy heroes, Tex & Roy & Gene,
Whitley and Norman Phelps wrote Back in the Saddle
And the song
became Gene's theme.
quite well in the movies; in the 20 films they were seen,
music back home with family
Willie and Earl came home,
Fernwood, Records, Radio & TV
Now its all
on display at the Library of Congress
For all the
World to see.
Sherry Phelps Dennis
Judy Phelps Riggs
Bobbie Phelps Beard
(May 1, 2003)