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Cowboy Hymns & Songs of Inspiration

 

Released: 08/19/2008
Label: Varèse Sarabande

Cowboy Hymns & Songs of Inspiration is a stirring collection of music compiled from Gene's CBS radio show Melody Ranch, his movies, his recordings, and his television program, The Gene Autry Show. Many of these performances have never been available on CD before and several others have not been heard since their original broadcast on radio. A number of the tracks also feature Gene Autry’s personal comments and introductions to the songs, adding to the intimacy of the collection.

Gene's official biographer, Holly George-Warren, wrote the liner notes. Cowboy Hymns & Songs of Inspiration documents Gene's enduring and heartfelt approach to spiritual song craft.

Track Listing

  1. Silver Spurs on the Golden Stairs (2:44)
    (Gene Autry-Cindy Walker)
    Gene Autry with the Three Pinafores and the Johnny Bond Trio
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 11/18/1945
  2. When It's Round-Up Time in Heaven (2:50)
    (Jimmie Davis)
    Gene Autry with "Melody Ranch Choir" (the Cass County Kids, the Kettle Sisters, and Johnny Bond and Paul Sells' Orchestra)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 01/20/1946
  3. When Mother Played the Organ (and Daddy Sang a Hymn) (2:31)
    (Dick Sanford and George B. McConnell)
    Gene Autry with the Cass County Boys, the Kettle Sisters, Johnny Bond and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 08/25/1946
  4. Rounded Up in Glory (3:02)
    (Traditional)
    Gene Autry with the Cass County Boys, the Kettle Sisters, Johnny Bond and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 03/23/1947
  5. Little Old Church in the Valley (2:37)
    (Gus Kahn, Egbert Van Alstyne & Gene Harold)
    Gene Autry with the Cass County Boys, the Pinafores, Johnny Bond and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 08/24/1947
  6. When It's Prayer Meeting Time in the Hollow (2:34)
    (Fleming Allen-Al Rice)
    Gene Autry with the Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 09/21/1947
  7. Bless This House (2:45)
    (Traditional)
    Gene Autry with the Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 11/21/1948
  8. The Bible on the Table and the Flag Upon the Wall (1:57)
    (George J. Bennett-Paul Cunningham-Leonard Whitcup)
    Gene Autry with the Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 03/05/1949
  9. Let's Go to Church (Next Sunday Morning) (1:44)
    (Steve Allen)
    Gene Autry with the Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 04/01/1950
  10. The Old Rugged Cross (3:07)
    (Rev. George Bennard)
    Gene Autry with Dinah Shore
  11. In the Garden (2:48)
    (C. Austin Miles)
    Gene Autry With Dinah Shore
  12. Dear Hearts and Gentle People (2:01)
    (Sammy Fain-Bob Hilliard)
    From the Columbia Pictures film Beyond the Purple Hills (1950)
    Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys
  13. May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You (3:10)
    (Meredith Willson)
    Gene Autry with the Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond, and Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 09/29/1951
  14. Cowboy's Heaven (2:06)
    (Gene Autry-Frankie Marvin)
    Gene Autry
    From The Gene Autry Show, Episode 27: Horse Sense
    Broadcast 01/11/1952
  15. Peace in the Valley (2:42)
    (Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey)
    Gene Autry with the Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond, and Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 04/12/1952
  16. Somebody Bigger Than You and I (2:50)
    (Sonny Burke-Hy Heath-John Lange)
    Gene Autry with the Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, Johnny Bond, and Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 01/03/1953
  17. God's Little Candles (1:51)
    (Jimmy Kennedy)
    Gene Autry
    From Pack Train, Columbia Pictures
  18. A Cowboy's Prayer (2:22)
    (Traditional)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 10/26/1947
    Gene and Carl Cotner's Orchestra

Notes & Background Information

Compilation Producers: Cary E. Mansfield and Karla Buhlman
Executive Producer: Jackie Autry
Digital Remastering: Bob Fisher, Pacific Multimedia Corp.
Notes: Holly George-Warren
Research: Irynne Isip
Art Direction & Design: Bill Pitzonka
Cover Design: Bret Rigney, Rigney Graphics
Image Restoration: Jill and Howard Levine, CDS Photo & Graphics

All photographs (c) 2008 Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation.
Compilation produced by Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation.

This compilation (P) 2008 Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation, Released through the courtesy of Gene Autry Entertainment, Inc. (C) 2008 Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc.

Manufactured by Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc., 11846 Ventura Blvd., Suite 130, Studio City, CA 91604. Distributed by Fontana Distribution LLC, 10 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. Printed in the U.S.A.

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