This ode to the state of Texas was written by June Hershey with music by Don Swander. The song was first recorded by Perry Como with Ted Weems and his Orchestra on December 9, 1941 for Decca Records in Los Angeles, California. It spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hit Parade in 1942.
Bing Crosby recorded a version with Woody Herman & His Woodchoppers, which reached #3 on the Billboard charts in 1942.
The seemingly inoffensive song didn't contain any saucy lyrics, but the BBC banned it anyway. They deemed the song too catchy, with authorities in wartime Britain concerned that factory workers would be distracted if they heard it during a shift.
The song's title was borrowed for the name of a 1942 Western film, which featured Tex Ritter and the Jimmy Wakely Trio singing the title song. Gene Autry also sung a well-known version in the movie Heart of the Rio Grande, which was released the same year.
During a season 3 Muppet Show tribute to Western stars Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Evans sings this in a scene with the Muppet Babies, who provide animal noises.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 23rd 1962, Duane Eddy performed "Deep in the Heart of Texas" on ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'... Eight days earlier on April 15th, 1962 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #100; eventually it peaked at #76 and spent 5 weeks on the Top 100.
To the younger crowd, "A Little Less Conversation" is one of the most popular Elvis Presley songs. Peaking at #50 when it was released in 1968, it got new life in the '00s when it was used in the movies Lilo And Stitch and Ocean's Eleven.