Gene Autry

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Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998) was an American performer who gained fame as a singing cowboy on the radio, in movies, and on television for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s. Autry was also 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 91 episodes of 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 figures in the history of country music, considered the second major influential artist of the genre's development after Jimmie Rodgers. His singing cowboy movies were the first vehicle to carry country music to a national audience. In addition to his signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again", Autry is still remembered for his Christmas holiday songs, "Here Comes Santa Claus", which he wrote, "Frosty the Snowman", and his biggest hit, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".

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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Blues Singer 1929-1931 Gene Autry 1
2006 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry 1
Christmas Favorites Gene Autry 1
His Christmas Album Gene Autry 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Columbia Historic Edition Gene Autry 1
1992 Greatest Hits Gene Autry 1
1992 The Christmas Cowboy Gene Autry 1
1992 The Essential Gene Autry 1933-1946 Gene Autry 1
1997 Sing Cowboy Sing: The Gene Autry Collection Gene Autry 1
1997 Always Your Pal, Gene Autry Gene Autry 1
1997 The Singing Cowboy, Chapter One Gene Autry 1
1998 Cowboy's Christmas Gene Autry 1
1998 The Ultimate Collection: Tumbling Tumbleweeds Gene Autry 1
1999 Here Comes Santa Claus Gene Autry 1
2004 Back in the Saddle Again Gene Autry 1
2005 The Essential Gene Autry Gene Autry 1
A Gene Autry Christmas Gene Autry 1
Back in the Saddle Again Gene Autry 1
His Christmas Album Gene Autry 1
His Greatest Hits Gene Autry 1
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Other Christmas Classics Gene Autry 1
The Best of Gene Autry Gene Autry 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1945 At Mail Call Today / I'll Be Back Gene Autry 1
1946 You Laughed and I Cried / Ages and Ages Ago Gene Autry 1
1947 An Old Fashioned Tree / Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane) Gene Autry 1
1948 Can't Shake the Sands of Texas From My Shoes / Buttons and Bows Gene Autry 1
1948 Darling What More Can I Do / I Guess I've Been Asleep Gene Autry 1
1949 If It Doesn't Snow on Christmas / Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry and The Pinafores 2
1950 Frosty the Snowman / When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter Gene Autry & The Cass County Boys 2
1950 Peter Cottontail / The Funny Little Bunny Gene Autry 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Deep in the Heart of Texas Gene Autry 1
Christmas With Gene Autry Gene Autry 1
Cowboy Hits Gene Autry 1
Love Songs Gene Autry 1

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