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Tex Ritter never appeared in the movie High Noon, but his name has long been associated with the classic 1952 Western. Tex performed the movie's haunting theme song, "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')," which ran throughout the film. "It was used instead of [instrumental] music to create the mood," Tex explained in the book Tex Ritter: America's Most Beloved Cowboy. The title tune and the film picked up Oscar nominations.
On Oscar night, March 19, 1953, Tex performed "High Noon" before the first nationwide audience to watch the Academy Awards on television. "High Noon" took home the Oscar for Best Original Song, which went to composers Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington.
With the award came a slice of film history-" High Noon" is considered the first country song to win an Oscar.