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Gene Autry

Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998), nicknamed The Singing Cowboy, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, musician and rodeo performer who gained fame largely by singing in a crooning style on radio, in films, and on television for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s. Autry was the owner of a television station, several radio stations in Southern California, and the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997.

From 1934 to 1953, Autry appeared in 93 films, and between 1950 and 1956 hosted The Gene Autry Show television series. During the 1930s and 1940s, he personified the straight-shooting hero—honest, brave, and true—and profoundly touched the lives of millions of Americans. Autry was also one of the most important pioneering figures in the history of country music, considered the second major influential artist of the genre's development after Jimmie Rodgers. His singing cowboy films were the first vehicle to carry country music to a national audience. In addition to his signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again", and his hit "At Mail Call Today", Autry is still remembered for his Christmas holiday songs, most especially his biggest hit "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as well as "Frosty the Snowman", "Here Comes Santa Claus", and "Up on the House Top".

Autry is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is the only person to be awarded stars in all five categories on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for film, television, music, radio, and live performance. The town of Gene Autry, Oklahoma, was named in his honor, as was the Gene Autry precinct in Mesa, Arizona.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 29th, 1907 (Grayson County), Died Studio City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, composer, lyricist, songwriter, yodeling, arranger

Notes: Listed on some Columbia labels as "Gene Autry (The Yodeling Cowboy)."

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 93 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-56761 10-in. 10/9/1929 My dreaming of you Gene Autry ; Jimmy Long Male vocal duet, with 2 steel guitars and violin vocalist  
Victor BVE-56762 10-in. 10/9/1929 My Alabama home Gene Autry ; Jimmy Long Male vocal duet, with yodeling, 2 steel guitars, and violin vocalist  
Victor BVE-67455 10-in. 2/18/1931 Do right daddy blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar, lyricist  
Victor BVE-67456 10-in. 2/18/1931 Money ain't no use anyway Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar, lyricist  
Victor BVE-67457 10-in. 2/18/1931 That's how I got my start Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-67458 10-in. 2/18/1931 Bear cat papa blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, lyricist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BRC-68839 10-in. 3/31/1931 High steppin' mama blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BRC-68840 10-in. 3/31/1931 She wouldn't do it Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BRC-68841 10-in. 3/31/1931 Don't do me that way Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor ABRC-68842 10-in. 3/31/1931 High steppin' mama blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, vocalist, lyricist  
Victor ABRC-68843 10-in. 3/31/1931 She wouldn't do it Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor ABRC-68844 10-in. 3/31/1931 Do right daddy blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, vocalist, lyricist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor ABRC-68845 10-in. 3/31/1931 T. B. blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist  
Victor ABRC-68846 10-in. 3/31/1931 Jimmie the Kid Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist  
Victor ABRC-68847 10-in. 3/31/1931 Travellin' blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist  
Victor BRC-68848 10-in. 4/1/1931 There's a good gal in the mountains Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor ABRC-68849 10-in. 4/1/1931 There's a good gal in the mountains Jimmie Smith Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BRC-68850 10-in. 4/1/1931 She's a low down mama Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor ABRC-68851 10-in. 4/1/1931 She's a low down mama Jimmie Smith Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BRC-68852 10-in. 4/1/1931 The old woman and the cow Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar, harmonica, and jews harp vocalist, composer  
Victor ABRC-68853 10-in. 4/1/1931 The old woman and the cow Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar, harmonica, and jews harp vocalist, composer  
Victor ABRC-68854 10-in. 4/1/1931 Bear cat mama from Horner's Corners Jimmie Smith Male vocal solo, with steel guitar vocalist  
Victor ABRC-68855 10-in. 4/1/1931 She's a hum dum dinger Jimmie Smith Male vocal solo, with steel guitar vocalist  
Victor BRC-68856 10-in. 4/1/1931 Old Man Duff Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with harmonica and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor ABRC-68857 10-in. 4/1/1931 Old Man Duff Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with harmonica and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 93 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Autry, Gene," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103669.

Autry, Gene. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103669.

"Autry, Gene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103669

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