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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 76-100 of 105 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W149203 10-in. 10/21/1929 My Alabama home Jack Jackson Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling lyricist  
Columbia [W]149661 10-in. 12/3/1929 Why don't you come back to me? Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Columbia [W]149662 10-in. 12/3/1929 Hobo yodel Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia [W]149663 10-in. 12/3/1929 Dust pan blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia [W]149664 10-in. 12/3/1929 No one to call me darling Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling vocalist, lyricist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Columbia W149667 10-in. 12/3/1929 Yodeling them blues away Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia [W]149668 10-in. 12/3/1929 Frankie and Johnny Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W149678 10-in. 12/5/1929 My dreaming of you Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W149679 10-in. 12/5/1929 The railroad boomer Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia [W]149680 10-in. 12/5/1929 My Alabama home Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, lyricist, vocalist  
Columbia [W]149686 10-in. 12/5/1929 Slue-foot Lou Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia [W]149687 10-in. 12/5/1929 Stay away from my chicken house Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar, vocal effects, and yodeling vocalist  
Columbia [W]149689 10-in. 12/5/1929 Lullaby yodel Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia [W]149692 10-in. 12/6/1929 California blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W149693 10-in. 12/6/1929 I'm sorry we met Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia [W]149694 10-in. 12/6/1929 Daddy and home Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia [W]150048 10-in. 3/3/1930 That's why I left the mountains Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar and steel guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia [W]150049 10-in. 3/3/1930 Cowboy yodel Gene Autry Male vocal solo and yodeling, with guitar vocalist, yodeling, instrumentalist, guitar, lyricist, composer  
Columbia [W]150064 10-in. 3/5/1930 I'll be thinking of you, little girl Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, lyricist, composer  
Columbia [W]150065 10-in. 3/5/1930 My rough and rowdy ways Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia [W]151321 10-in. 2/17/1931 A gangster's warning Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist, vocalist  
Columbia [W]151322 10-in. 2/17/1931 Pictures of my mother Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, lyricist, vocalist, composer  
Columbia [W]151323 10-in. 2/17/1931 That's how I got my start Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, composer, vocalist  
Columbia [W]151324 10-in. 2/17/1931 True blue Bill Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist, vocalist  
Brunswick C2700 10-in. 12/21/1928 Darling The Tune Peddlers Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist  
(Results 76-100 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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