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Rudolph, the
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60th Anniversary

 

Fun Autry Fact:
Gene Autry's Cowboy Christmas

America's Favorite Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry was already a popular radio star and movie icon when he recorded Here Comes Santa Claus 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.

Gene and Rudolph





"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? This year is the 60th Anniversary of Gene Autry's classic Christmas recording Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and to celebrate Gene Autry Entertainment presents this special Rudolph section. You'll find information on songwriter Johnny Marks, song lyrics, Gene Autry singing Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and more here. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" 60th Anniversary



Gene Autry Entertainment celebrated the Gene Autry Centennial in 2007 and we also saluted the 60th anniversary of Gene Autry's classic Christmas song Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane). Inspired by the Hollywood Santa Claus Lane Parade, the song became a million seller for Gene Autry and his recording remains popular today. You'll find information, photos, and Gene singing Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) in this special section. Here Comes Santa Claus: 60th Anniversary



ASCAP's Top 25 Holiday Songs

Gene Autry's Christmas songs show up on ASCAP's Top 25 Holiday Song lists year after year, proving that even in the 21st Century, Gene Autry is still the Christmas Cowboy. Read more at the links below:

2011 ASCAP Holiday Song List
2009 ASCAP Holiday Song List
2008 ASCAP Holiday Song List
2007 ASCAP Holiday Song List


Christmas Song History

Christmas for Your Computer

Books



Did the the legendary Hollywood Christmas Parade inspire the creation of the song Here Comes Santa Claus? If Gene Autry didn't write the beloved Christmas tune Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, then who did? Learn the stories behind Gene's classic songs in the section. Click here!

Just in time for the holiday-season, we have a few brand new Gene Autry Christmas Wallpapers for your desktop enjoyment. Head on over to the wallpapers section to download them.



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

Cover Art The Original: Gene Autry Sings Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Other Christmas Favorites
Originally released in 1957, this fondly remembered Gene Autry album features “America’s Favorite Signing Cowboy” performing his classic Christmas songs. Gene’s spoken introductions to his holiday hits make this unique Christmas album a very personal listening experience.
 
Cover Art A Gene Autry Christmas CD
A delightful compilation of Gene Autry’s original 1940s and ’50s Christmas recordings for Columbia Records.
 
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer And Other Christmas Classics CD
Your favorite Christmas songs by your favorite cowboy, Gene Autry, are a must for your holiday soundtrack.
 

Gene Autry: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings CD
For the very first time, all of Gene Autry’s original Columbia Records Christmas songs are available on one CD, digitally remastered for the highest quality and best listening experience.
 
Cover Art Here Comes Santa Claus CD
Gene Autry recorded new versions of his greatest Christmas songs in the 1950s and ’60s and for the first time ever they are together on one CD, Here Comes Santa Claus.
 
Cover Art Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer CD
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!
 




Gene Autry Christmas Stuff

Gene Autry and Rudolph T-Shirt Gene Autry Star Ornament
New this year, Gene Autry Entertainment and the Autry National Center are pleased to present the limited edition Gene Autry Star Ornament designed and created by artist Tandy Wilson.
 
Gene Autry and Rudolph T-Shirt Gene Autry and Rudolph T-Shirt
Exclusive to the Autry National Center's Museum Store! Celebrate your favorite Singing Cowboy and your favorite flying reindeer with this Gene Autry and Rudolph T-shirt.
 
Cover Art Here Comes Santa Claus Book
Illustrator Bruce Whatley uses his artistry to bring to life the song’s lyrics of hope and goodwill in his tale of a curious North Pole puppy that stows away on Santa’s sleigh for an unforgettable Christmas adventure.
 
Ladies' Limited Addition Handbag Holidaytime
Take our favorite "Christmas Cowboy" with you everywhere you go! Seasonless and timeless, this unique handbag is made from an authentic Gene Autry Christmas record album, Holidaytime.
 
Centennnial Holiday Ornament Gene Autry Centennial
Artistry of Poland Glass Ornament

Celebrate the Gene Autry Centennial with this special handmade glass ornament! Lovingly reproduced from a 1940s photograph of Gene Autry and Champion, this new and elaborate glass ornament will be cherished by Gene Autry fans for years to come.

2002 Holiday Ornament Commemorative 2002 Holiday Ornament
The 2002 Gene Autry ornament is Gene and Champion riding along and roping. On the side is Gene's Martin D-45 guitar and all are surrounded by stars.
 
2001 Holiday Ornament Commemorative 2001 Holiday Ornament
The 2001 Gene Autry ornament is Gene's hat, Martin D-45 guitar, and Bluebird boots surrounded by music notes.
 



Vintage Gene Autry Christmas Items

Christmas Sheet Music Set Christmas Sheet Music Set
(2008)

Gene Autry's Christmas Folio Gene Autry's Christmas Folio
(1954)
Holidaytime with Geme Autry Holidaytime with Gene Autry
(1966)

Christmastime with Gene Autry Christmastime with Gene Autry
(1958)

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