Country performer. Born May 27, 1921. Died August 4, 2003. Singer, songwriter, and fiddle player. Full name: Henry Redd Stewart. Career most active late 1930s-1950s. Longtime member of Pee Wee King’s Golden West Cowboys. Successful songwriter, his credits include the classic “Tennessee Waltz,” co-written with Pee Wee King, and “Soldier’s Last Letter” (recorded by Ernest Tubb, 1944).
1995 September 14
Country musician Redd Stewart discusses his career. Topics include his background; his first band, the Kentucky Wildcats; joining Pee Wee King in the late 1930’s; playing on the Grand Ole Opry before joining the army; writing “Soldier’s Last Letter”; touring with Pee Wee King; memories of Eddy Arnold; playing at army camps with the Camel Caravan; writing “Tennessee Waltz”; other songs he’s written including “Slow Poke,” “You Belong to Me,” and “Bonaparte’s Retreat”; recording with Pee Wee King; and his television work.