‘Red Wing’

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on October 22, 2006

Q Last week I saw John Wayne's movie The Comancheros. He sang a song with the words "the sun shines on pretty Red Wing." I can remember hearing that song when I was a boy. What can you tell me about it?
—Chuck Ramires, Hollister, Calif.

"Red Wing," a Tin Pan Alley song about a heartbroken Indian maiden, was written by Kerry Mills and Thurland Chattaway in 1907. It's been performed and recorded by numerous artists through the years, including Bob Wills and the band Asleep at the Wheel. (And, by the way, it's the moon—not the sun—that shines on the "shy little prairie maid" as she weeps through the night, mourning the loss of her beloved warrior brave.)