Al Dexter was a popular American country musician and songwriter, best known for his 1943 hit Pistol Packin' Mama, which became one of the most popular recordings of World War II. Dexter helped popularize the style of country music known as honky-tonk and was probably the first artist to use the term in a country song. He also had other hits in the 1940s, including Guitar Polka and Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry. Dexter was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971 and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. He was the first country singer to perform on Broadway. Dexter passed away in 1984, and his family discovered 50 master tapes of his studio recordings, which were later released as the CD box set, Al Dexter's Found Masters.