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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 October 2nd, 1998 (Studio City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1950

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 26-50 of 105 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BRC-68858 10-in. 4/1/1931 I'm a truthful fellow Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with harmonica and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor ABRC-68859 10-in. 4/1/1931 I'm a truthful fellow (True blue Bill) Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with harmonica and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor ABRC-68860 10-in. 4/1/1931 Valley in the hills Frankie Marvin ; Jimmie Smith Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BRC-68861 10-in. 4/1/1931 Valley in the hills Gene Autry ; Frankie Marvin Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor ABRC-68863 10-in. 4/1/1931 She's always on my mind Frankie Marvin ; Jimmie Smith Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor ABRC-68864 10-in. 4/1/1931 I'm blue and lonesome Frankie Marvin ; Jimmie Smith Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BRC-70924 10-in. 10/30/1931 Mississippi Valley Long Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Victor BRC-70925 10-in. 10/30/1931 My old pal of yesterday Long Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Victor BRC-70926 10-in. 10/30/1931 Missouri is calling Long Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Victor BRC-70927 10-in. 10/30/1931 Cross-eyed gal that lived upon the hill Long Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Victor BRC-70928 10-in. 10/30/1931 I'm always dreaming of you Long Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Victor BRC-70929 10-in. 10/30/1931 Come back to me Long Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Victor BRC-70930 10-in. 10/30/1931 Jail house blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BRC-70931 10-in. 10/30/1931 Rheumatism blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BRC-70932 10-in. 10/30/1931 I'm Atlanta bound Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BRC-70933 10-in. 10/30/1931 Wild cat mama Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BSHQ-73046 10-in. 6/30/1932 Gangster's warning Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BSHQ-73047 10-in. 6/30/1932 Back to old Smoky Mountains Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BSHQ-73048 10-in. 6/30/1932 Back home in the Blue Ridge Mountains Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BSHQ-73049 10-in. 6/30/1932 That ramshackle shack Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BSHQ-73054 10-in. 6/30/1932 Black bottom blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, vocalist  
Victor BSHQ-73055 10-in. 6/30/1932 Kentucky lullaby Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-74897 10-in. 1/27/1933 Cowboy's heaven Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and yodeling composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-74898 10-in. 1/27/1933 The little ranch house on old Circle B Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-74899 10-in. 1/27/1933 Yellow Rose of Texas Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
(Results 26-50 of 105 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Autry, Gene," accessed December 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103669.

Autry, Gene. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103669.

"Autry, Gene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 December 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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