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Dallas E. Turner
November 27, 1927 ~ April 4, 2014

Dallas E. Turner The Western Folklife Center has learned that Dallas Turner, aka Nevada Slim, passed away in early April at the age of 86. Nevada Slim was one of the last remaining radio singer, pitchman and songwriter- entertainers who broadcast on border radio from Del Rio, Texas in the 1930s. He performed at our Cowboy Music Gatherings in the early 1990s and attended the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for many years.

He was an invited artist at the 2006 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, where his published bio in our program book says, "Dallas 'Nevada Slim' Turner was adopted by a ranch family in Nevada as a young boy. He was raised as a cowboy and began playing the guitar and singing. As a teen, he was bucked off his horse and broke his back, which convinced him to retire as a working cowboy and instead he became a singing cowboy over the radio airwaves. Turner spent a large part of his career working on the Mexican border stations that could be heard all over the United States. He sold millions of dollars of merchandise as a pitchman, entertained such notable admirers as Burl Ives and Eleanor Roosevelt, and worked with famous radio personality Wolfman Jack. He once recorded 200 songs in six days."

Read the Reno Gazette Journal obituary for Dallas "Nevada Slim" Turner here.

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