America's Favorite Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry was already a popular radio star and movie icon when he recorded Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) in 1947, a song which he co-wrote with Oakley Haldeman. The record launched Gene into yet another field of stardom, that of the role of the Christmas Cowboy. Gene Autry's affiliation with Old Saint Nick would lead him to record numerous Christmas songs including the chart topping holiday hit, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Gene also participated in the Hollywood Christmas Parade in 1945, 1946, 1947, and was the Grand Marshal of the parade in 1980. Gene and his wife Jackie Autry rode in the parade in the early 1980s.
Half a century later, Gene is probably best known for his Christmas recordings of Here Comes Santa Claus and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Visit the Christmas Songs History section for the stories behind the songs. Rekindle that holiday feeling or create some new memories with the CDs and storybook below.
Christmas Song History
Gene Autry's association with Christmas began in 1947 with his classic Christmas song Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down anta Claus Lane). Inspired by the Hollywood Santa Claus Lane Parade, the song became a million seller for Gene and his recording remains popular today. You'll find information, photos, and Gene singing Here Comes Santa Claus in this special section.
"You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen..." but do you know the story behind the most famous reindeer of all? Learn more about Gene Autry's 1949 classic Christmas recording Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer in this special Rudolph section. You'll find information on songwriter Johnny Marks, song lyrics, Gene Autry singing Rudolph more here.
Gene Autry Christmas YouTube Clips
Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show was broadcast weekly from 1940 to 1956. During the holiday season Gene and his musical cast performed a variety of Christmas songs and holiday humor. Today you can enjoy these vintage radio moments via the Gene Autry Official YouTube Channel's special playlists:
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ASCAP's Top Holiday Songs
Every year ASCAP provides a list of the top holiday songs played on the airwaves across America. Find out where Gene Autry's performances and songs rank year to year. ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Photo Album: 2005 Founder's Day Exhibit
“Gene Autry, The Christmas Cowboy”
Each fall, the Autry National Center presents a cameo exhibit focused on one special aspect of its founder's life and career. Currently on display are artifacts from Gene Autry's Christmas history including the outfit he wore in the Hollywood Christmas Parade and also featured on the cover of his Christmas album “Gene Autry Sings Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Other Christmas Favorites.” Can't visit Los Angeles to see it for yourself? Lucky for you we photographed the installation of this special display and you can see it all in our photo album.
Gene Autry Christmas CDs & LPs
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
(2004) CD – Sold Out
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer is one of the most familiar songs in all American music and was first recorded by Gene Autry. This CD includes Gene's original hit plus versions by The Temptations, Spike Jones, Bing Crosby, and many more!
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Other Christmas Classics
(2003) – Sold Out
Here Comes Santa Claus
Gene Autry Christmas Stuff
The Gene Autry Christmas Book
Gene Autry Star Ornament
Gene Autry and Rudolph T-Shirt
(2009) – Sold Out
Gene Autry Centennial Artistry of Poland Glass Ornament
(2006) – Sold Out
Ladies' Limited Edition Holidaytime Handbag
(2005) – Sold Out
Commemorative 2002 Holiday Ornament
(2002) – Sold Out
Here Comes Santa Claus Illustrated Story Book
(2002) – Sold Out
Vintage Gene Autry Christmas Items
Christmas Sheet Music Set
Holidaytime with Gene Autry
To buy these items and much more, go to:
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