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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)."

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 101-125 of 282 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia [W]151322 10-in. 2/17/1931 Pictures of my mother Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Columbia [W]151323 10-in. 2/17/1931 That's how I got my start Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia [W]151324 10-in. 2/17/1931 True blue Bill Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia H315 10-in. 6/18/1941 You are my sunshine Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia H316 10-in. 6/18/1941 It makes no difference now Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia H318 10-in. 6/18/1941 A year ago tonight Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia H384 10-in. 7/28/1941 I'll never let you go (little darlin') Gene Autry Male vocal with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H385 10-in. 7/28/1941 I'll be true while you're gone Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia H386 10-in. 7/28/1941 Under fiesta stars Gene Autry Male vocal with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H387 10-in. 7/28/1941 Spend a night in argentina Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H392 10-in. 7/30/1941 I'll wait for you Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H393 10-in. 7/30/1941 Too late Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist  
Columbia H394 10-in. 7/30/1941 Don't bite the hand that's feeding you Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia H395 10-in. 7/30/1941 After tomorrow Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H399 10-in. 8/1/1941 God must have loved America Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H400 10-in. 8/1/1941 You are the light of my life Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H401 10-in. 8/1/1941 Lonely river Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H402 10-in. 8/1/1941 Dear little dream girl of mine Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H423 10-in. 8/11/1941 Purple sage in the twilight Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H424 10-in. 8/11/1941 I wish all my children were babies again Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist  
Columbia H425 10-in. 8/11/1941 Dear old dad of mine Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H426 10-in. 8/11/1941 I'm comin' home, darlin' Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H486 10-in. 8/27/1941 If you only believed in me Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia H487 10-in. 8/27/1941 Keep rollin' lazy longhorns Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H488 10-in. 8/27/1941 Blue-eyed Elaine Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 101-125 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.

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

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