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Gene Autry

Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998), nicknamed the Singing Cowboy, was an American actor, musician, singer, composer, rodeo performer, and baseball owner 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 and several radio stations in Southern California. He was the founding owner of the California Angels franchise of Major League Baseball (MLB) 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. 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 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 the 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 29, 1907 (Grayson County), Died October 2, 1998 (Studio City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1950

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

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

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 251-275 of 282 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick LA1472 10-in. 10/18/1937 I want a pardon for Daddy Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick LA1473 10-in. 10/18/1937 Take me back to my boots and saddle Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist  
Brunswick LA1672 10-in. 6/23/1938 If today were the end of the world Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick LA1855 10-in. 4/14/1939 Little old band of gold Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick LA1865 10-in. 4/18/1939 Back in the saddle again (theme song) Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick LA2175 10-in. 3/12/1940 Goodbye little darlin' goodbye Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick LA2179 10-in. 3/12/1940 When I'm gone you'll soon forget Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist  
Brunswick LA2311 10-in. 8/20/1940 Blueberry Hill Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist  
Brunswick LA2312 10-in. 8/20/1940 A face I see at evening Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick LA2313 10-in. 8/20/1940 Be honest with me Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick LA2314 10-in. 8/20/1940 The call of the canyon Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick LA2315 10-in. 8/21/1940 There'll never be another pal like you Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick LA2316 10-in. 8/21/1940 Broomstick buckaroo Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick LA2317 10-in. 8/21/1940 Sycamore Lane Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick LA2318 10-in. 8/21/1940 There ain't no use in crying now Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick LA2319 10-in. 8/22/1940 You waited too long Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick LA2320 10-in. 8/22/1940 That little kid sister of mine Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick LA2321 10-in. 8/22/1940 What's gonna happen to me Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick LA2322 10-in. 8/22/1940 Tears on my pillow Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick LA2339 10-in. 8/27/1940 The cowboy's trademarks Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick LA2340 10-in. 8/27/1940 The last letter Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist  
Vocalion 16629 10-in. 1/11/1935 Tumbling tumbleweeds Gene Autry Trio Male vocal trio, with string band vocalist  
Gennett 16712 10-in. 6/5/1930 Whisper your mother's name Gene Autry Male vocal solo and yodeling, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, yodeling  
Gennett 16714 10-in. 6/5/1930 The girl I left behind Gene Autry Male vocal solo and yodeling, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Gennett 16715 10-in. 6/5/1930 I'll be thinking of you little gal Gene Autry Male vocal solo and yodeling, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, yodeling  
(Results 251-275 of 282 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Autry, Gene," accessed April 16, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103669.

Autry, Gene. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 16, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103669.

"Autry, Gene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 16 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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