Ruby Rose Blevins (October 30, 1908--May 3, 1996), known professionally as Patsy Montana, was an American country music singer-songwriter and the first female country performer to have a million-selling single ('I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart'). She is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Ruby Blevins (she added an 'e' to Ruby in her late teens) was born in Beaudry, Arkansas and grew up near Hope. She had ten siblings, all of them boys, However, two died before puberty from an accidental fire. In 1929, Blevins went to California to study violin at the University of the West. She won a local talent contest with her singing, yodelling, and playing the guitar and first prize was an opportunity to play on the Hollywood Breakfast Club radio program. In the summer of 1933, Blevins went with two of her brothers to the Chicago World's Fair.
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