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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 126-150 of 282 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia H522 10-in. 9/26/1941 I don't want to set the world on fire Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist  
Columbia H598 10-in. 12/13/1941 Take me back into your heart Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H599 10-in. 12/13/1941 Sweethearts or strangers Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H600 10-in. 12/13/1941 I hang my head and cry Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H601 10-in. 12/13/1941 You'll be sorry Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H676 10-in. 2/24/1942 Tweedle-o-twill Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H677 10-in. 2/24/1942 Deep in the heart of Texas Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus vocalist  
Columbia H678 10-in. 2/24/1942 I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist  
Columbia H679 10-in. 2/24/1942 Rainbow on the Rio Colorado Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H759 10-in. 3/26/1942 Private buckaroo Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist  
Columbia H760 10-in. 3/26/1942 Call for me and I'll be there Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H761 10-in. 3/26/1942 Yesterday's roses Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H831 10-in. 6/10/1942 Jingle jangle jingle Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist  
Columbia H832 10-in. 6/10/1942 I'm a cow poke pokin' along Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia H1143 10-in. 11/29/1944 Don't fence me in Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia H1144 10-in. 11/29/1944 I'll be back Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H1144 10-in. 11/29/1944 I'll be back Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H1145 10-in. 11/29/1944 Gonna build a big fence around Texas Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia H1146 10-in. 11/29/1944 Darlin' what more can I do Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H1162 10-in. 12/6/1944 I guess I've been asleep Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H1164 10-in. 12/6/1944 At mail call today Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia H1164 10-in. 12/6/1944 At mail call today Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia C1176 10-in. 12/5/1935 Don't waste your tears on me Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist, yodeling, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia C1194 10-in. 12/24/1935 Mexicali rose Gene Autry Male vocal, with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia H1424 10-in. 6/13/1945 Don't hang around me anymore Gene Autry String band, with male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
(Results 126-150 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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