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Gene Autry

Gene Autry was more than a musician. His music, coupled with his careers in movies and on radio and television, made him a part of the mythos that has made up the American identity for the past hundred years -- John Wayne with a little bit of Sam Houston and Davy Crockett all rolled into one, with a great singing voice and an ear for music added on. He defined country music for two generations of listeners, cowboy songs for much of the 20th century, and American music for much of the world. He was country music's first genuine "multimedia" star, the best-known country & western singer on records, in movies, on radio, and on television from the early '30s until the mid-'50s. His 300 songs cut between 1929 and 1964 include nine gold record awards and one platinum record; his 93 movies saved one big chunk of the movie industry, delighted millions, and made millionaires of several producers (as well as Autry himself); his radio and television shows were even more popular and successful; and a number of his songs outside of the country & western field have become American pop culture touchstones.

The biggest selling country & western singer of the middle of the 20th century was born Orvon Gene Autry on September 29, 1907, in the tiny Texas town of Tioga, the son of Delbert and Elnora Ozmont Autry. He was first taught to sing at age five by his grandfather, William T. Autry, a Baptist preacher and descendant of some of the earliest settlers in Texas, contemporaries of the Houstons and the Crocketts (an Autry had died at the Alamo). The boy's interest in music was encouraged by his mother, who taught him hymns and folk songs and read psalms to him at night. Autry got his first guitar at age 12, bought from the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog for eight dollars (saved from his work as a hired hand on his uncle's farm baling and stacking hay). By the time he was 15, he had played anyplace there was to perform in Tioga, including school plays and the local cafe, but made most of his living working for the railroad as an apprentice at $35 a month. Later on, as a proper telegraph operator, he was making $150 a month, which those days was a comfortable income in that part of Texas.

He was working the four-to-midnight shift at the local telegraph office in Chelsea, OK, one summer night in 1927 when, to break up the monotony, he began strumming a guitar and singing quietly to himself. A customer came into the office; rather than insisting upon immediate service, he motioned for Autry to continue singing, then sat down to watch and listen while he looked over the pages he was preparing to send. At one point, the visitor asked him to sing another. Finally, after dropping his copy on the counter, the customer told Autry that with some hard work, he might have a future on the radio, and should consider going to New York to pursue a singing career. The man, whom Autry had recognized instantly, was Will Rogers, the humorist, writer, and movie actor, and one of the most popular figures in the entertainment world of that era.

Autry didn't immediately give up his job, but just over a year later he was in New York auditioning for a representative of RCA Victor. The judgment was that he had a good voice, but should stay away from pop hits, find his own kind of songs and his own sound, and get some experience. He was back six months later, on October 9, 1929, cutting his first record, "My Dreaming of You"/"My Alabama Home," for Victor. Two weeks later, Autry was making a demo record for the Columbia label of Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel No. 5." Present that same day in the studio were two up-and-coming singers, Rudy Vallée and Kate Smith. Autry found himself being pressured to sign an exclusive contract with Victor, but chose instead to sign with the American Record Corporation. Their general manager, Arthur Sattherly (who would later record Leadbelly, among many other acts), persuaded Autry that while Victor was a large company and could offer more money and a better marketing apparatus, he would be lost at Victor amid its existing stable of stars, whereas ARC would treat him as their most important star. Additionally, Sattherly -- through a series of arrangements involving major retail and chain stores across the country -- now had the means to get Autry's records into peoples' hands as easily as Victor.

His first recordings had just been released when his mother, who'd been ill for months, died at the age of 45, apparently of cancer. Autry's father began drifting away soon afterward, and he became the head of the family and the main supporter of himself, two sisters, and a younger brother. In early December of 1929, Autry cut his first six sides for ARC. The music was a mix of hillbilly, blues, country, yodel songs, and cowboy ballads. His breakthrough record, "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine," co-written by Autry and his friend Jimmy Long one night at the railroad depot, was released in 1931. The song sold 30,000 copies within a month, and by the end of a year 500,000 had been sold, an occasion that American Records decided to mark with the public presentation of a gold-plated copy of the record. Autry received a second gold record when sales later broke one million. And that was where the notion of the Gold Record Award was born. The record also led him into a new career on the radio as Oklahoma's Yodeling Cowboy on the National Barn Dance show sponsored by WLS out of Chicago. It was there that Autry became a major national star -- his record sales rose assisted by his exposure on radio.

During the early years of his career, Autry took a number of important collaborators and musicians aboard. Among them were Fred Rose, the songwriter (later responsible for "Your Cheatin' Heart") with whom he collaborated on many of his hits, and fiddle player Carl Cotner (who also played sax, clarinet, and piano), who became his arranger. Autry had a knack for knowing a good song when he heard it (though he almost passed on the biggest hit of his career), and for knowing when a song needed something extra in its arrangement, but it was Cotner who was able to translate his sensibilities into musical notes and arrangements. Mary Ford, later of Les Paul fame, was in Autry's band at one time, and in 1936 Autry signed up a 17-year-old guitar player named Merle Travis, the future country star and songwriter.

By the early '30s, Autry became one of the most beloved singers in country & western music. By 1933, he was getting fan letters by the hundreds every week, and his record sales were only going up. Autry's career might've been made right there, but fate intervened again that year, in the form of the movie business. The Western -- especially the B Western, the bottom-of-the-bill, low-budget action oater -- had been hit very hard by the coming of sound in the years 1927 to 1929. Audiences expected dialogue in their movies, and most Western stars up to that time were a lot better at riding, roping, and shooting than reading lines. Not only did producers and directors need something to fill up the soundtracks of their movies, especially on the limited budgets of the B Westerns, but something to substitute for violent action, which was being increasingly criticized by citizen groups.

Cowboy star Ken Maynard, who was a great trick rider and stuntman but no singer, had tried singing songs in a few of his movies, and the producers noticed that the songs had gone over well despite his vocal limitations. Maynard was making another Western, In Old Santa Fe (1934), for Mascot Pictures, and producer Nat Levine decided to try an experiment, putting in a musical number sung by a professional. By sheer chance, the American Record Company and Mascot Pictures were locked together financially, though indirectly, and with the help from the president of ARC, Levine was steered toward Autry.

A phone call brought the young singer and another ARC performer -- multi-instrumentalist/comedian Smiley Burnette -- out to Hollywood, where, after a quick meeting and screen test, the two were put into In Old Santa Fe. Autry had only one scene, singing a song and calling a square dance, but that scene proved to be one of the most popular parts of the movie.

Levine next stuck Autry and Burnette into a Ken Maynard serial, Mystery Mountain, in minor supporting roles. But Autry's next appearance was much more important, as the star of the highly successful 12-chapter serial The Phantom Empire. Perhaps recognizing that Autry was no "actor," and that he had an audience of millions already, he, the writers, and the producer agreed that he should simply play "Gene Autry," a good-natured radio singer and sometime cowboy. The success of Autry's early films was not enough to save Mascot Pictures, which collapsed under the weight of debts held by Consolidated Film Laboratories, which did Mascot's film processing. In 1935, Consolidated forced a merger of Mascot and a handful of other small studios and formed Republic Pictures, with Consolidated's president, Herbert J. Yates, at the helm. Republic thrived in the B movie market, ultimately dominating the entire field for the next 20 years. And central to Republic's success were the Westerns of Gene Autry.

His first starring Western for the newly organized Republic Pictures, Tumbling Tumbleweeds (released on September 5, 1935), which also included the singing group the Sons of the Pioneers, was a huge hit, and was followed by Melody Trail, The Sagebrush Troubador, and The Singing Vagabond, all released during the final three months of 1935. Autry settled into a schedule of one movie every six weeks, or eight per year, at $5,000 per movie, and a formula was quickly established. The production values on these movies were modest, in keeping with their low budgets and tight shooting schedules, but within the framework of B Westerns and the context of their music, they were first-rate productions. By 1937 and for five years after -- a string that was only broken when he enlisted in the army during World War II -- Autry was rated in an industry survey of theater owners as one of the top ten box-office attractions in the country, alongside the likes of James Cagney and Clark Gable. Autry was the only cowboy star to make the list, and the only actor from B movies on the list.

For Republic Pictures, his movies were such a cash cow, and so popular in the southern, border, and western states, that the tiny studio was able to use them as a way to force "block booking" on theater owners and chains -- that is, theaters only got access to the Autry movies scheduled each season if they bought all of Republic's titles for that season. It was Autry's discovery of this policy (which, in fairness, was practiced by every major studio at the time, and led to the anti-trust suit by the government that ultimately forced the studios to give up their theater chains) in early 1938 that led to his first break with Republic. The problems had been brewing for some time, over Autry's unhappiness at never having gotten a raise from his original Mascot-era $5,000-per-movie deal, and contractual clauses -- which had never been exercised, but worried him nonetheless -- giving Republic a share of his radio, personal appearance, and endorsement earnings. After trying unsuccessfully to work out the problems with Yates, Autry walked out of the studio chief's office and thereafter refused to report for the first day's shooting on a movie called Washington Cowboy, later retitled Under Western Stars when it became the debut of Roy Rogers.

After eight months of legal sparring, Autry was left enjoined from making live appearances. Republic, however, found itself with an uprising of theater owners and chains on its hands -- without a guarantee that it would have any Autry movies to release, the studio's entire annual distribution plans were jeopardized. By the fall of 1938 the two sides had come to terms, with raises for Autry and freedom from the most onerous clauses in his old contract. Despite his best efforts, however, he couldn't help the theater owners over the block-booking policy, for it was now entrenched in the industry and an integral part of Republic's business plan.

Meanwhile, his recording career continued, often in tandem with the movies. Whenever Republic could, the studio licensed the rights to whatever hit song Autry had most recently recorded to use it as the title of his newest picture -- when this was done, Republic always charged the theater owners somewhat more for the film, and they paid it, because the song had "pre-sold" the movie to the public. The songs kept coming, sometimes out of the movies themselves, and not always his own: Autry's friend Ray Whitley had written "Back in the Saddle Again" for a 1938 George O'Brien Western called Border G-Man, and when Autry was looking for a theme song for his own radio show, he went back to Whitley's song, made a few changes, and recorded it himself. Along with "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine," it was the song he would be most closely associated with.

Autry's career was interrupted by his service in the military during World War II, but when he returned to the recording and movie studios in 1945, he resumed both his singing and film careers without skipping a beat. He was still a name to be reckoned with at the box office, although he was never again ranked among the top ten money-making stars of movies. The cultural dislocations caused by World War II and their effect on rural and small-town America and on the movie business, as well as the impending arrival of television, had shrunk the B movie market to a shadow of its 1930s glory. His movies still made money, however, and he kept making them right into the beginning of the 1950s, after which he moved into television production -- Autry had already begun buying up radio stations before the war, and by the early '50s he was owner of several television stations, a studio, and his own production company, where he made his own television program as well as others that he owned.

His singing career was bigger than ever, however. Even before the war, Autry had occasionally moved away from country music and scored big, as with his 1940 hit version of "Blueberry Hill," which predated Fats Domino's recording by 16 years. After the war, he still did cowboy and country songs such as "Silver Spurs" and "Sioux City Sue," sprinkled with occasional folk songs and pop numbers. In 1949, however, Autry scored the biggest single hit of his career -- and possibly the second- or third-biggest hit song ever recorded up to that time -- with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," a song by Johnny Marks that Autry had recorded only reluctantly, in a single take at the end of a session. That same year, he cut "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky," a number by a former forest ranger named Stan Jones, which became both a country and pop music standard, cut by everyone from Vaughan Monroe to Johnny Cash.

By the mid-'50s, Autry's career had slowed. Rock & roll and R&B were attracting younger listeners, and a new generation of country music stars, heralded by Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins, was beginning to attract serious sales. Autry, then in his forties, still had his audience, but he gradually receded from the limelight to attend to his burgeoning business interests. He died October 2, 1998. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography


Track List: Playlist: The Very Best Of Gene Autry

1. Back In The Saddle Again (Original Version)

2. That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine

3. You're The Only Star (In My Blue Heaven) (78rpm Version)

4. South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way) (Original Version)

5. Mexicali Rose

6. Blueberry Hill

7. You Are My Sunshine

8. I Hang My Head And Cry

9. I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes (78rpm Version)

10. At Mail Call Today (78rpm Version)

11. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

12. Don't Fence Me In

13. Red River Valley (Original Version)

14. Home On The Range (Original Version)


Track List: Saddle, Boots And Spurs

1. Back In The Saddle Again

2. Deep In The Heart Of Texas

3. (I've Got Spurs That) Jingle, Jangle, Jingle

4. You Are My Sunshine

5. Red River Valley

6. Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle

8. Ole Faithful

9. It Makes No Difference Now

10. I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes

11. Blueberry Hill

13. The Call Of The Canyon

14. El Rancho Grande

16. Amapola


Track List: Sings Gene Autry And Other Favorites (Digitally Remastered)

Disc 1

1. Back In The Saddle Again

2. I Hang My Head And Cry

3. Tears On My Pillow

4. Be Honest With Me

5. Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye

6. Lonely River

7. Tweedle-O-Twill

8. Under Fiesta Stars

9. Let Me Cry On Your Shoulder

10. Blue Canadian Rockies

11. (I Was) Just Walking Out The Door

12. Cowboy's Trademarks

13. Can't Shake The Sands Of Texas From My Shoes

14. The Last Mile Home

15. Dixie Cannonball

16. Cowboy Blues

17. You're The Only Good Thing

18. A Voice In The Choir

19. The Angel Song

20. A New Star Is Shining In Heaven

21. Silver Spurs

22. Keep Rollin' Lazy Longhorns

Disc 2

1. Twenty Twenty Vision

2. Old November Moon

3. When The Silvery Colorado Turns To Gold

4. I'll Wait For You

5. Texans Never Cry

6. Yankee Doodle Dandy

7. I Guess I've Been Asleep

8. Kentucky Babe

9. My Old Kentucky Home

10. Home On The Range

11. Red River Valley

12. Battle Hymn Of The Republic

13. Brahms Lullaby

14. America The Beautiful

15. Jingle Bells

16. Here Comes Santa Claus

17. Sleigh Bells

18. Nine Little Reindeer

19. Silent Night


Track List: His Greatest Hits (Digitally Remastered)

1. Back In The Saddle Again

2. I Hang My Head And Cry

3. Tears On My Pillow

4. Be Honest With Me

5. Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye

6. Lonely River

7. Tweedle-O-Twill

8. Under Fiesta Stars

9. Let Me Cry On Your Shoulder

10. Blue Canadian Rockies

11. (I Was) Just Walking Out The Door

12. Cowboy's Trademarks

13. Can't Shake The Sands Of Texas From My Shoes

14. The Last Mile Home

15. Dixie Cannonball

16. Cowboy Blues

17. You're The Only Good Thing

18. A Voice In The Choir

19. The Angel Song

20. A New Star Is Shining In Heaven

21. Silver Spurs

22. Keep Rollin' Lazy Longhorns


Track List: Cowboy Hymns & Songs Of Inspiration

1. Silver Spurs On The Golden Stairs (Feat. The Three Pinafores & The Johnny Bond Trio)

2. When It's Round-Up Time In Heaven (Feat. The "Melody Ranch Choir")

3. When Mother Played The Organ (And Daddy Sang A Hymn) (Feat. The Cass County Boys, The Kettle Sisters, Johnny Bond & Carl Cotner's Orchestra)

4. Rounded Up In Glory (Feat. The Cass County Boys, The Kettle Sisters, Johnny Bond & Carl Cotner's Orchestra)

5. Little Old Church In The Valley (Feat. The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond & Carl Cotner's Orchestra)

6. When It's Prayer Meeting Time In The Hollow (Feat. The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond & Carl Cotner's Orchestra)

7. Bless This House (Feat. The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond & Carl Cotner's Orchestra)

8. The Bible On The Table And The Flag Upon The Wall (Feat. The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond & Carl Cotner's Orchestra)

9. Let's Go To Church (Next Sunday Morning) (Feat. The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond & Carl Cotner's Orchestra)

10. The Old Rugged Cross (Feat. Dinah Shore)

11. In The Garden (Feat. Dinah Shore)

12. Dear Hearts And Gentle People (Feat. The Cass County Boys)

13. May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You (Feat. The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond & Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra)

14. Cowboy's Heaven

15. Peace In The Valley (Feat. The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond & Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra)

16. Somebody Bigger Than You And I (Feat. The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond & Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra)

17. God's Little Candles

18. A Cowboy's Prayer (Feat. Carl Cotner's Orchestra)


Track List: The Essential Gene Autry

Disc 1

1. Back In The Saddle Again

2. South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)

3. The Life Of Jimmie Rodgers

4. Tumbling Tumbleweeds

5. The Convict's Dream

6. Dallas County Jail Blues

7. Dear Old Western Skies

8. The Yellow Rose Of Texas

9. Mexicali Rose

10. T.B. Blues

11. I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes (78rpm Version)

12. Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)

13. Listen To The Rhythm Of The Range

14. That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine

15. When It's Springtime In The Rockies

16. Be Honest With Me

17. It Makes No Difference Now

18. Deep In The Heart Of Texas

19. Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle

20. You Are My Sunshine

Disc 2

1. Jingle Jangle Jingle

2. Don't Fence Me In

3. Oklahoma Hills

4. Gallivantin' Galveston Gal

5. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

6. Goodnight Irene

7. Sioux City Sue

8. Home On The Range

9. Roly Poly

10. I Hang My Head And Cry

11. God Bless America

12. Ghost Riders In The Sky

13. On Top Of Old Smokey

14. Buttons And Bows

15. Old Chisholm Trail

16. Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away

17. Dixie Cannonball

18. Peter Cottontail

19. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)

20. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (78rpm Version)


Track List: The Cowboy Is A Patriot

1. Announcement: "Scrap Rubber Drive"

2. Any Bonds Today?

3. Doublemint Gum Commerical: "Peak Efficiency"

4. I'll Wait For You

5. Doublemint Gum Announcement: Sgt. Gene Autry

6. There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere

8. Annoucement: "Army Air Forces Recruitment"

9. Silver Wings In The Moonlight

10. Doublemint Gum Commerical: "Chewing Gum Is In Demand"

11. It's A Long Way To Tipperary

12. I Sent A Letter To Santa (To Watch Over Daddy For Me)

13. Annoucement: "WAAC Recruitment"

14. When They Sound The Last All Clear

15. Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition

16. Doublemint Gum Commerical: "Rationing"

17. Annoucement: "Don't Spill American Blood"

18. With A Pack On His Back (And A Girl On His Mind)

19. When The Lights Go On Again (All Over The World)

20. This Is The Army, Mr. Jones

21. Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer

22. Annoucement: "Aviation Cadet Recruitment"

23. There'll Be Jubilation Bye And Bye

24. Annoucement: "Voluntary Induction"

25. Doublemint Gum Commerical: "Feel Better, Work Better"

26. I'm Comin' Home Darlin'

27. No Letter Today

28. Military Medley: The Marines' Hymn / The Caisson Song / Anchors Away / U.S. Air Force

29. Don't Bite The Hand That's Feeding You

30. My Buddy

31. Yankee Doodle Boy

32. The Bible On The Table And The Flag Upon The Wall

33. America, The Beautiful

34. God Bless America

35. Opening Theme: Back In The Saddle Again

36. Let Me Ride Down In Rocky Canyon

37. Sktech: "Going Away Present"

39. Doublemint Gum Commerical: "Alert At Our Work"

40. Tears On My Pillow

42. Drama: "Why Gene Enlisted"

43. Gene Autry Is Sworn Into The United States Army Air Forces By Col. Edward F. Shaffer

44. Private Buckaroo

45. Doublemint Gum Commerical: "Helps You Feel Better"

46. God Must Have Loved America

47. End Theme: Back In The Saddle Again


Track List: The Western Collection: 25 Cowboy Classics

1. Tumbling Tumbleweeds

2. Call Of The Canyon

3. Red River Valley

4. Purple Sage In The Twilight

5. Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddles

6. Twilight On The Trail

7. There's A Rainbow On The Rio Colorado

8. Oklahoma Hills

9. Sioux City Sue

10. South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)

11. The Last Roundup

12. Rounded Up In Glory

13. Ridin' Down The Canyon

14. The Singing Hills

15. Ole Faithful

16. Blue Shadows On The Trail

17. Ghost Riders In The Sky

18. Mule Train

19. Sing Me A Song Of The Saddle

20. The Old Chisholm Trail

21. There's A Goldmine In The Sky

22. Home On The Range

23. Back In The Saddle Again

24. Rim Of The Canyon

25. The Hills Of Wyoming


Track List: Love Songs

1. Ridin' Double

2. We Never Dream The Same Dream Twice (Feat. Ann Miller)

3. The Girl In The Middle Of My Heart

4. I'm Mad About You

5. You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven

6. You Belong To My Heart

7. Forgive Me

8. Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Feat. Smiley Burnette)

9. You Stole My Heart

10. The One Rose (That's Left In My Heart)

11. I'm Beginning To Care

12. I Just Want You

13. Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)

14. I'll Wait For You

15. You're The Moment Of A Lifetime

16. Girl Of My Dreams

17. Rocky Mountain Rose

18. I'd Love To Wed (On The Prairie)


Track List: The Singing Cowboy, Chapter One

1. Tumbling Tumbleweeds

2. Guns And Guitars

3. Ride, Ranger, Ride

4. Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle

5. Colorado Sunset

6. Gaucho Serenade

7. Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride

8. Melody Ranch

9. Back In The Saddle Again

10. Down Mexico Way

11. Call Of The Canyon

12. In Old Capistrano

13. Sioux City Sue

14. (Down The) Trail To San Antone

15. Loaded Pistols

16. Ghost Riders In The Sky


Track List: Gene Autry With The Legendary Singing Groups Of The West

1. Silent Trails

2. Wild And Wooley West

3. Yours

4. That's My Home

5. Rancho Pillow

6. The Martins And The Coys

7. Old Pinto

8. The Cowboy

9. The Dude Ranch Cowhands

10. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place

11. Great Grand Dad

12. The Old Home Place

13. Shame On You

14. Cowboy Blues

15. Roll, Wagon, Roll

16. Nobody's Darlin' But Mine


Track List: Blues Singer 1929-1931

1. Birmingham Daddy

2. The Rheumatism Blues

3. Dallas County Jail Blues

4. Jail-House Blues

5. I'm Atlanta Bound

6. In The Jailhouse Now No. 2

7. Bear Cat Papa Blues

8. Wildcat Mama Blues

9. High Steppin' Mama Blues

10. A Yodeling Hobo

11. T.B. Blues

12. California Blues (Blue Yodel #4)

13. Slu-Foot Lou

14. Stay Away From My Chicken House

15. Waiting For A Train

16. Frankie And Johnny

17. Do Right Daddy Blues

18. Blue Yodel No. 5

19. My Rought And Rowdy Ways

20. Left My Gal In The Mountains

21. I've Always Been A Rambler

22. Dust Pan Blues

23. That's Why I Left The Mountains


Track List: The Essential Gene Autry 1933-1946

1. The Yellow Rose Of Texas

2. The Last Round-Up

3. Tumbling Tumbleweeds

4. Mexicali Rose

5. Take Me Back To My Boots & Saddle

6. Back In The Saddle Again

7. El Rancho Grande

8. Blueberry Hill

9. The Call Of The Canyon

10. You Are My Sunshine

11. It Makes No Difference Now

12. Amapola

14. Deep In The Heart Of Texas

15. I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes

16. (I've Got Spurs That) Jingle, Jangle, Jingle

17. Ole Faithful

18. Red River Valley


Track List: Columbia Historic Edition

1. Tumbling Tumbleweeds

2. I'll Go Ridin' Down That Old Texas Trail

3. It Makes No Difference Now

4. There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder

5. Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)

6. Ridin' Down The Canyon

7. Deep In The Heart Of Texas

8. Same Old Fashioned Girl

9. (There's Nothing Like A) Good Old-Fashioned Hoedown

10. Don't Fence Me In


Track List: Back In The Saddle Again


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My mom's favorite .
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Name that tune!
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Did not want Western on the tract of BillyDaniels
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just want to hear Billy Daniels
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I watched Gene on tv during the 50's, discovering him on that medium like many of my baby boomer generation. Always a fan of cowboy films I loved Gene Autry 9films. The children of the 50's were cowboy crazy loving western films. Gene was a huge part of that.
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Love gene autry
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he alwsys had a soft swinging voice!!
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Gene my hero along with Roy when I was growing up in Knox, IN during the 1950's. My favorite song was Don't Fence Me In playing on the front porch of our Chicago home when I was 5 years old. For some reason that song stuck in my memory. At age 21 after serving as a radioman in the Navy I was a radio/TV broadcaster for 18 years. Oh for the good ol'e days.
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Sing it Gene Autry Great Song .
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Gene Autry a real Cowboy
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I like the hymns
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I don't like the country western like tex ritter
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Lets Go Angels !
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Gene Autry is the best of the best he is truly amazing ive seen all of his movies and know almost all of his songs by heart im only 17 and i want to go into movies to bring back his style of movies and music maybe save the future generations of kids from the horrible music there is today
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My Grandmother told me a story about Gene. My grandparents were at a movie showing of one of his movies in Carnegie, Oklahoma. Someone was about to back shoot Gene from hiding. A man in the audience who was just a little to caught up in the story jumped up and pulled a gun and shot the bad guy on the screen. this was in the 1920's y'all.
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There is a town in Oklahoma renamed Gene Autry. I believe he was born there. There is a fine museum for there too.
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wanted used time machine cheep( no more than a old song ) by roy gene or patsy oh and bob and sops
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I believe if we had more music like Gene Autry's we'd be a happier and healthier country today. JimD
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I grew up in the 40's and the 50s with Gene ,if I could go back in time I'd do it in a minute there will never be times like that again. Love his music and movies.
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Gene Autry one of the giants of country music his warm singing voice made him "Americas Favorite Singing Cowboy" my favorite song is "Ridin Down the Canyon" written by Smiley Burnette, may the angels always sing to you Gene.
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Gene was and still is my favorite singing cowboy. When I was a child back in the early fifties,my cousin, who was a Roy Rogers fan, and I had a fight over who was the better cowboy...wel l I guess I won because I hit him over the head with a hammer. He survived but with numerous stitches. Gene Autry would not have approved since I violated his code BUT Gene Autry rocks. I love the original Champion (1935-1942).
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I knew Gene fought robots, but I never knew he made a song about having tuberculosis !
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Where has all the good music gone? You can hear a tune and understand the words. Bring back good music.
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stephanie_ma r r s
I dont know if it is normal for a 23 year old to listen to Gene Autry you dont her that much but i LOVE his music!
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I would like to hear the song "Pretty Mary" by Gene Autry
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Gene Autry is simply the best there ever was. Many actors/singe r s / m u s i c i a n s all owe a debt of gratitude to this man who paved many trails for them. I still listen ans watch "Gene" as well as my 9 year ols son, so his work lives on forever as it should. Long Live Gene Autry. GOD Bless!
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As a kid in the late 40's and early 50's I recall that there was a schism between the Roy Rogers fans and us Gene Autry fans (we incesently played "cowboys" at school recess). Then, I didn't understand the criticisms of Roy Rogers, but (after reading the excellent profile of Gene Autry on Pandora) Gene was a "war hero" to us and our parents and Roy was an interloper who stole Gene's claim to be "king of the cowboys." How many kids like me grew up never knowing that this was not true?
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i want to hear the song Silver Haired Dadd of mine MORE and MORE
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gene aurty hoilday
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Our family were weekly listeners to Gene Autry's Melody Ranch radio show on CBS. We would sing along with him. His movies were always great and I had the chance to meet him through his fan club and at a radio broadcast in New York City. A real gentlemen, he was simply great. His appearance at Madison Square Garden became a family outing too. Nothing but the best. Gene was the best. A super hero and a super star in every way. He'll always be loved and always be remembered. Gene, Champ, and Frog!
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I had the greatest pleasue of knowing Gene personaly. Was with acountry band and worked two Radio station's and had access to seeing many of the shows that came into Worcester Auditorium. This was many years ago for today I am 72 years old and have many wonderful memories. Gene was a wonderful, quiet down to earth country boy with much class. He will be remembered always. The many pictures that were taken at different times with Gene will pass down to my own children someday.
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Gene was my favorite cowboy. As a 7-8 year old I was convinced he Joined the Army Air Corp so he could go fast like when he rode his horse Champion. Saturday was special when a Gene Autry movie was playing at the Jewel Theater. After the movie (sometimes we would see it twice and get in trouble) we would run the five or so blocks home slapping our hips like we were on a horse. The kid from Ohio now lives in Texas, humm I wonder why?
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