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Elton Britt

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Elton Britt (June 27, 1913 – June 22, 1972), was an American country music guitarist and singer-songwriter. He recorded over 600 sides and 60 albums for RCA and other labels in more than a 30-year span, and is best known for such hit songs (several of which he wrote or co-wrote) as “Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You),” “Detour,” “Chime Bells,” “Maybe I’ll Cry Over You,” “Pinto Pal,” and the million-selling wartime hit “There’s a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere”.

A singer, bandleader, radio and television performer, songwriter and standard-setting yodeler, he starred in at least two films in the late 1940s, and had hit records as late as 1968 with “The Jimmie Rodgers Blues”.

He died on June 23, 1972, five days before his 59th birthday, due to a heart attack.

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