The Official Website for Gene Autry
America's Favorite Singing Cowboy
Gene Autry's career spanned some 70 years in the entertainment industry and he became famous in film, radio, television, and live theater and rodeo performances.
He recorded and wrote hundreds of songs; he was the most successful singing cowboy, completing 93 movies and starring in 91 television productions. Gene Autry was ranked among the most celebrated film stars, and for years was considered to be the most popular Western film actor.
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Gene Autry Activities and Events
Updated October 12, 2016
At this time, you'll find the dates and names of the events with further details to come in the days ahead.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Gene Autry Double Feature at the Autry Museum
Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939) and Colorado Sunset (1939) Read More
Friday, November 18, 2016
New CD release Gene Autry A Melody Ranch Christmas Read More
Gene Autry YouTube Clip of the Week
Posted October 17, 2016
With the Presidential Election just around the corner, the theme for the Autry Museum's Gene Autry Double Feature on October 22nd is "Election Year." In Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939) Gene is elected to Congress in an attempt to round-up crooked politicians in Washington D.C. and in Colorado Sunset (1939) he is elected to sheriff to cleanup an unscrupulous protective association. It seems appropriate to have a double Gene Autry YouTube Clip of the Week with a song from each of the films.
Scroll down for details on the Gene Autry Double Feature at the Autry Museum.
Visit the Gene Autry Official YouTube Channel for more fun Gene Autry musical clips from his radio, movie, and television career. Be sure to subscribe so you'll receive updates whenever Gene Autry Entertainment uploads new videos! Read More
Gene Autry A Melody Ranch Christmas
Posted October 20, 2016
Back in the 1940s and 1950s, Gene Autry would introduce new Christmas songs to his Melody Ranch radio show audience as early as October so we feel that this is a good time to let everyone know about a new Gene Autry Christmas CD!
Gene Autry A Melody Ranch Christmas is a special album with a vintage radio show approach. It includes iconic and rare Christmas songs performed live on Gene Autry's popular Melody Ranch radio show by Gene, the Cass County Boys, the Pinafores, the Gene Autry Blue Jeans, Rosemary Clooney, and Carl Cotner's Orchestra. You'll also hear Gene introduce songs, Pat Buttram perform classic comedy, and Johnny Bond thoughtfully reflect on the season.
The CD will be released on November 18th and is available for pre-order now from the Autry Museum Store. And yes, if you are a member of the museum you will receive your membership discount on this purchase.
The album has traditional Christmas standards like Jingle Bells and Joy to the World plus rare performances of Gene Autry's holiday hits including a Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) & Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer Medley. Several tracks are songs Gene and his Melody Ranch pals performed every holiday season but never released on record such as White Christmas, Cowboy Santa Claus, and Winter Wonderland. Many of Gene's hit records were introduced to the American public on his radio show and several of those debut performances are on this album including Frosty the Snow Man, I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus, and Sleigh Bells.
For details on the 23 tracks included on this album
plus pre-order information, read more here.
Gene Autry's Cowboy Code
As Expressed by Artist Sandra Boynton
Posted October 20, 2016
Gene Autry fans are everywhere! And you might be surprised to find them expressing their love and appreciation for America's Favorite Singing Cowboy in their work. Perhaps you saw cartoonist and humorist Sandra Boynton's recent social media post with Gene Autry's Cowboy Code and a very handsome "Cow-Bear." Gene Autry Entertainment likes it so much that we wanted to share it with you.
If you'd like to know more about Sandra Boynton, check out her official website here. And we highly recommend her children's board books, calendars, and anything that mentions chocolate.
Read more about Gene Autry's Cowboy Code here.
The Hall of Fame Case for Gene Autry
Posted September 29, 2016
Columnist David Krell wrote a thoughtful column in The Sports Post where he makes a fine argument explaining why Gene Autry should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. We whole heartedly agree and wanted to share this with you. And it was extra nice to have this article posted on Gene Autry's 109th birthday.
Gene Autry wore many hats, proverbially speaking, besides the cowboy dome piece in his movies—owner of Los Angeles television station KTLA from 1963 to 1982, original singer of the Christmas standard Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Army Air Corps officer and Air Transport Command pilot during World War II. Melody Ranch, a 110-acre site formerly known as Monogram Movie Ranch, also fell under his aegis; he bought it in 1953, sold nearly 100 acres, and used the remaining land for Western movies and television series. He had a radio show called, appropriately, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch; his horse, Champion, also had a show – The Adventures of Champion. Radio stations, television stations, a rodeo, and a record company populated his portfolio as well.
Baseball fans, however, knew Autry primarily as the man who planted a Major League Baseball flag in Orange County, California; Autry, once a part-owner of the Pacific Coast League's Hollywood Stars, was the first owner of the California Angels ball club – originally named Los Angeles Angels – which had its first season in 1961. Read More
Gene Autry Double Features at The Autry Museum
Updated September 6, 2016
Saturday matinee double features (the screening of two motion pictures for the price of one) were an industry standard in the first half of the 20th century. The Autry Museum of the American West continues the tradition with its own Saturday matinee double features starring America's Favorite Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry. Two of Gene's musical B Westerns are screened the fourth Saturday of every other month in the Imagination Gallery's Western Legacy Theater.
Each Double Feature has a theme and for the screening on Saturday, October 22nd the theme is "Election Year."
With the Presidential Election this year our October Gene Autry Double Feature focuses on the importance of voting. In Rovin' Tumbleweeds Gene is elected to Congress in an attempt to round-up crooked politicians in Washington D.C. and in Colorado Sunset he is elected to sheriff to cleanup an unscrupulous protective association.
Martin Guitar Documentary "The Ballad of the Dreadnought"
Posted June 27, 2016
If you have visited the Imagination Gallery at the Autry Museum of the American West then you have seen Gene Autry's famous Martin D-45 Guitar on display. It has been called the "Grandfather of the American Acoustic Guitar" and you can learn more about this guitar's place in musical history in the new Martin Guitar documentary "The Ballad of the Dreadnought." This 40-Minute film documents the evolution of the Martin Dreadnought Guitar and its role in American music of the past century. Read about the documentary "The Ballad of the Dreadnought" here. You can watch the full documentary by clicking on the box below.