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Our Town Dumas: Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas

"It used to be quite a thing that people long and lanky would dress up with cowboy hats, spurs and boots," Sam Cartwright said.

A song that received a lot of attention in its day, and still does to this day, Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas.

The song, created by singer and song writer Phil Baxter, was inspired trip he made to the Texas Panhandle. Less than a year after his trip to Dumas, Baxter created the tune.

"I think Ding Dong Daddy has become symbolic of people who live in Dumas because we are proud of our home town," Darrell Wait said.

Wait is one of the current Co-Owners of KDDD. The radio station, also named after the song, is a reason many people stop into town to visit.

"We play it frequently here at the radio station," Wait said. "Especially these two weeks in June."

But a snappy tune and catchy lyrics weren't enough, KDDD owner then, Ken Duke, had an Amarillo artist work up a character.

"It used to be quite a thing that people long and lanky would dress up with cowboy hats, spurs and boots," Sam Cartwright said.

Then in the last 26 years the city had to add in a Dolly.

"He was getting lonely," Cartwright said. "We had to give him a companion."

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