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 Peggy Malone, "The Little Girl with the Big Voice," is a regular participant in the "Chief Joseph Trail Ride" and at Cowboy poetry and Western music events across the country.

She was one the Top Five Western Music Association nominees for "Best Female Vocalist of 2001" and her award-winning song from her recent album of the same name, "Singin' A Cowboy Song," is also heard on the PBS Special, "A Night At The Rodeo."


photo by Lori Faith Merritt, www.photographybyfaith.com

Below you'll find the words to Peggy's award-winning song, another lyric, a poem, her biography, information about her recordings, and contact information.

About Peggy Malone

Selected Lyrics and Poetry

Recordings

Contact Information

  


 

About Peggy Malone

Peggy Malone first got her start in Denver, Colorado in the early 70s on the KLAK Radio station's version of the "Grand Ol' Opry," called "The Rocky Mountain Jamboree," where she was nicknamed, "The Little Girl With The Big Voice." She worked with folks, such as Little Jimmy Dickens, Tom T. Hall, Claud King, and Sammy Smith.

When the P.R.C.A. Convention was held in Denver (during the Stock Show), she was hired by all the top hotels for the Cowboy crowd (Brown Palace Hotel, Raddison, Stoeffer's Denver Inn). There isn't a nightclub in the Denver area, that she hasn't worked.  She was pre-show for Larry Mahan, LeRoy Van Dyke, and once for "Asleep At The Wheel," while doubling at her "regular" singing engagement, at "Maxie's" in the Cherry Creek Inn, where she had a seven and half year continuing lounge act.

Peggy also had her own live bi-weekly radio show for two years, based out of Castle Rock, Colorado.  Just Peggy and her guitar!

About ten years ago, Peggy won the "Patsy Cline Sing Alike Contest," out of 30 contestants, and got a trip to Nashville sponsored by KYGO 98.5/Denver.

For 15 years, Peggy has entertained on the famous "Chief Joseph Tail Ride" sponsored by the Appaloosa Horse Club, which takes place every year up in the Northwest states of Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming.  It includes six nights of dance music, under the stars, for the weary riders.  They do 100 miles per year, retracing the retreat of Chief Joseph, the famous Nez Perce warrior, who said "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever." Her song, "Appaloosa Running Through my Mind," was adopted as the "Club Song."

She is a member of the Western Music Associacation (WMA) and deeply involved in preserving Western Music.  She has been a featured performer at numerous Cowboy and Poetry Gatherings/Western Music shows throughout the U.S.A. In 2000 she sang at the "World's Fair/Expo" in Hanover, Germany.

Peggy was one of the 5 Top nominees for "Best Female Vocalist of 2001" by the WMA.  Her song, "Singin' A Cowboy Song" won an Emmy for Performer/Songwriter in 2001.  It is also heard on the PBS Special, "A Night At The Rodeo," available on video.


Selected Lyrics

 

Peggy tells us that the audience often joins in on the last verse of this song:

SINGIN' A COWBOY SONG

        GIVE ME MOUNTAINS....GIVE ME PRAIRIES
         THE SMELL OF SAGEBRUSH...IN THE DAWN
           GIVE ME RIVERS....FLOWING FREELY
              AND GIVE ME A COWBOY SONG...

    I'VE GOT MY HORSE...I'VE GOT MY SADDLE..
       I'VE GOT A SONG...DOWN IN MY HEART
          I'VE GOT THE GOOD LORD...WHO RIDES WITH ME
            AND I'VE THANKED HIM FROM THE START..

       HE GAVE ME MOUNTAINS..HE GAVE ME PRAIRIES
           THE SMELL OF SAGEBRUSH..IN THE DAWN
               HE GAVE ME RIVERS...FLOWIN' FREELY
                 AND HE GAVE ME THIS COWBOY SONG

         I LOVE THE MOUNTAINS...I LOVE THE PRAIRIES
            THE SMELL OF SAGEBRUSH IN THE DAWN
               I LOVE THE RIVERS...FLOWIN' FREELY
                 AND I LOVE TO SING A COWBOY SONG...
              YES...HE...GAVE ME THIS COWBOY...SONG

© Peggy Malone
These lyrics may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.



 

This is "Club Song" of the Appaloosa Horse Club


APPALOOSA RUNNING THROUGH MY MIND


   APPALOOSA RUNNING THROUGH MY MIND...
      APPALOOSA, FROM ANOTHER TIME
         ONCE YOU WORE WARPAINT,
           WHEN AMERICA WAS YOUNG
             AND THE BUFFALO WERE MANY,
              AND MAN WORSHIPPED THE SUN

    NOW, TIMES HAVE CHANGED, BUT THE PAST LIVES ON
    YOU'RE PART OF AMERICA...AS THE LAND WE STAND ON
    YOUR COLOR, AND YOUR PRIDE...FROM THE PRAIRIES TO THE SEA
    YOU'RE SUCH A NOBLE BEING...YOU'RE AMERICA TO ME.

  (REPEAT CHORUS:)

© Peggy Malone
These lyrics may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 

 

Peggy says this poem is based in truth:


MY CHEYENNE COWBOY...  

WELL, I MET HIM DURING STOCK SHOW ABOUT 10 YRS. AGO
HE WAS A COUNTRY GENTLEMAN, AS MANY PEOPLE KNOW

I WAS SINGIN' IN THIS LOUNGE, WHEN I SPOT HIS COWBOY HAT
HE WAS KINDA SHY, BUT I WAS USE TO THAT..

I SIZED UP HIS AGE, AND THOUGHT OF SONGS HE'D KNOW
I SANG SOME OLD BOB WILLS, AND A LITTLE .. HANK SNOW.

HE SAID, HE CAME FROM CHEYENNE, & HIS ROOTS, THEY SURE RAN DEEP
HE SAID, 'I RAISE BLACK ANGUS, HAVE NO USE FOR SHEEP!'

WELL, WE BECAME FRIENDS, THIS OLD GENT AND I
SOMETIMES WHEN I'D SING, I THOUGHT I'D SEE  HIM CRY

FOR IT WASN'T JUST THE STOCK SHOW, THAT BROUGHT THIS COWBOY HERE
HE WAS COMIN' FROM FITZSIMONS, HAD AN OPERATION THERE.

SOMETIMES HE BROUGHT ME FLOWERS, BUT HE ALWAYS BROUGHT A SMILE
COMIN' DOWN FROM CHEYENNE, HE WORE OUT MANY A MILE

HE BELIEVED IN COWBOY LOGIC, AS MICHAEL MURPHY WROTE
"IF IT HURTS, DON'T SHOW IT" KINDA PUTS A LUMP DOWN IN MY THROAT

I GOT TO SEE HIS RANCH, DOWN BY MEDICINE BOW
THEY WERE HAVIN' THIS BRANDIN', AND I TOLD HIM I WOULD GO

EVEN TOWARDS THE END, OLD SMOKEY HE DID RIDE
SOMETIMES HE USED THE TRACTOR, TO HELP HIM GET ASTRIDE

BUT...NOW HIS SADDLE'S EMPTY, AND THINGS DON'T SEEM THE SAME
BUT...HE STILL BRINGS ME A SMILE, WHEN SOMEONE SPEAKS HIS NAME.

© Peggy Malone
These lyrics may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 


Some of Peggy Malone's Recordings

 

  Singin' a Cowboy Song

Peggy Malone and the title song from this album won a 2001 Heartland Regional Emmy Award for its inclusion in the PBS special, "A Night At The Rodeo," available on video.  Tracks include:

The Çowboy's Waltz by Joyce Woodson
Little Joe the Wrangler by Jack Thorp
Prairie Lullaby by Stephanie Davis
Old Chisholm Trail anonymous
Washtub Jerry and Rodeo Kate by Peggy Malone
Adios Colorado by Peggy Malone
Strawberry Roan by Curly Fletcher
Forgotten by Bruce Kiskaddon, music by Ed Stabler
Armadillo, by Peggy Malone/Kaye Johnson
I Love a Song With A Yodel, by Peggy Malone
A Cowboy Song, by Peggy Malone

You can purchase this CD directly from Peggy Malone, P.O.Box 482, Fruita, CO 81521
for $17.50 (15.00 plus 2.50 postage).


 

  A Night at the Rodeo

Peggy Malone's "Singin' a Cowboy Song" is featured in "A Night at the Rodeo," the only behind-the-scenes program to bring the sights and sounds of the rodeo to national television. Bareback, saddle bronc, bullriding, calf roping, team roping and barrel racing are all covered with great detail in this program. The top athletes of each event give viewers a "how-to" while
sharing some of their best secrets in a great ride."

You can read more about the video and order it directly from the Malone Media Group/Rodeo

 


  

Peggy and husband Bill celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on May 27, 2007. Peggy sent this photo of "the clan," and wrote. "That's me...second from the right and my crazy cowboy husband Billy boy is next to me...my Billy boy had me sing at our wedding.. The band just happened to have a  guitar...and he insisted that I get up and sing his favorite song, at the time, "The Riddle Song," and also "Wreck of the Ol' 97." It was one of my first "captive audiences."


 

 

 Peggy Malone was inducted into the 
Colorado Country Music Association Hall of Fame
on August 20, 2006.

 

Read Peggy Malone's "The Ol' Gully Ranch" in Western Memories and Picture the West.


Contact Information

You can contact Peggy Malone:

P.O. Box 482
Fruita, CO 81521

PIKINPEGGY@aol.com

And visit Peggy's daughter's site:

www.bethmalone.com 

 

 

 

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