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Gene Autry and Friends Year-Round Cowboy
Songs for the Whole Year

Released: June 20, 2006
Label: Varèse Sarabande

If there is a season, there is a song for it.  Gene Autry is well known for his best-selling classic Christmas songs and this new album is his first-ever CD of songs for the entire year. You’ll find familiar holiday favorites such as Peter Cottontail, Yankee Doodle Boy, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer but you’ll also hear summertime tunes like Peach Picking Time Down in Georgia, It’s My Lazy Day, and Gone Fishin’. Yes, Gene sings songs for Easter, the 4th of July, and Thanksgiving – and you may even be surprised to hear a tune for Income Tax Day!

Gene Autry is joined by several of his good friends on this collection of year-round tunes including the Cass County Boys, the Pinafores, Mary Lee, Smiley Burnette, and Pat Buttram.

Track Listing
 
1. What’s Your Favorite Holiday (3:27)
(Jule Styne-Sol Meyer)
Mary Lee and Showboat Performers
From the Republic Pictures film Ridin' On A Rainbow
Released 1/24/1941, Hollywood
2.  Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby) (3:20)
(James Royce Shannon)
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys and The Pinafores
From Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 3/18/1950, Hollywood
3. Peter Cottontail (2:45)
(Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins)
Columbia 38750, originally charted #5 Pop, 1950
Recorded 3/2/1950, New York
4. The Funny Little Bunny (With The Powder Puff Tail) (2:39)
(Johnny Bond, Gene Autry)
Columbia 38750, 1950
Recorded 3/2/1950, New York
5. Bunny Round-Up Time (2:31)
(Leo Israel, Herman Krasnow)
Gene Autry with The Pinafores
Columbia 39217, 1951
Orchestra under the direction of Carl Cotner
Recorded 1/31/1951, Chicago
6. Sonny The Bunny (2:45)
Gene Autry with The Pinafores
(Tommy Johnson)
Columbia 39217, 1951
Orchestra under the direction of Carl Cotner
Recorded 1/31/1951, Chicago
7. Easter Mornin’ (2:52)
(June Winters-Mary Alice Ruffin)
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys
Columbia 40167, 1954
Orchestra under the direction of Carl Cotner
Recorded 1/4/1954, Hollywood
8. The Horse With The Easter Bonnet (2:59)
(Al Hoffman-Dick Hoffman)
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys
(Based on the story by Jane Thayer)
Columbia 40167, 1954
Orchestra under the direction of Carl Cotner
Recorded 1/4/1954, Hollywood
9. I Paid My Income Tax Today (1:30)
(Irving Berlin)
Gene Autry with Jimmy Wakely’s Trio
From Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 3/8/1942, Hollywood
10.  When It’s Springtime In The Rockies (2:38)
(Robert Sauer-Maryhale Woolsey)
Gene Autry and Radio Audience
From Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 4/15/1950, Hollywood
11. A Hillbilly Wedding in June (2:03)
(Freddie Owens, Frankie More)
Gene Autry with Jimmy Wakely’s Trio and Lou Bring’s Orchestra
From Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 1/5/1941, Hollywood
12. Peach Picking Time Down in Georgia (1:26)
(C. Michen, Jimmy Rodgers)
Gene Autry with Jimmy Wakely’s Trio and Lou Bring’s Orchestra
From Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 3/16/1941, Hollywood
13. Yankee Doodle Boy (1:11)
(George M. Cohan)
Gene Autry with Carl Cotner’s Orchestra
From Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 7/4/1948, Hollywood
14. Ridin’ All Day (2:09)
(Gene Autry-Smiley Burnette)
Gene Autry with Jimmy Wakely’s Trio and Lou Bring’s Orchestra
From Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 2/2/1941, Hollywood
15. It’s My Lazy Day (1:46)
(Smiley Burnette)
Smiley Burnette with The Kettle Sisters
From Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 1/12/1947, Hollywood
16. Gone Fishin’ (2:31)
(Charles F. Kenny, Nick A Kenny)
Gene Autry with Pat Buttram and The Cass County Boys
From Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 6/28/1952, Hollywood
17. Ghost Riders In The Sky (3:42)
(Stan Jones)
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores and Carl Cotner’s Orchestra
From Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 4/30/1949, Hollywood
18. Old November Moon (2:43)
(Gene Autry, Johnny Marvin)
Gene Autry, Jimmy Wakely and The Rough Riders, Ceaser Petrillo & Orchestra; introduction by Gene Autry and Horace Murphy
From Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 11/17/1940, Chicago
19. Little Johnny Pilgrim (2:41)
(Max M. Fidler-Francis Kane)
Columbia Records 38985, 1950
Orchestra under the direction of Carl Cotner
Recorded 7/28/1950, Hollywood
20. Guffy The Goofy Gobbler (2:43)
(Gerald Marks, Milton H. Pascal)
Columbia Records 38985 (B), 1950
Orchestra under the direction of Carl Cotner
Recorded 7/28/1950, Hollywood
21. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) (2:33)
(Gene Autry-Oakley Haldeman)
Columbia 37942, originally charted #9 Pop, 1947
Recorded 8/28/1947, Hollywood
22. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (3:10)
(Johnny Marks)
Gene Autry with The Pinafores
Columbia 38610, originally charted #1 Pop, 1949
Recorded 6/27/1949, Hollywood
23. (Hard Rock, Coco and Joe) The Three Little Dwarfs (3:01)
(Stuart Hamblen)
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys and The Pinafores
Columbia 39543, 1951
Orchestra under the direction of Carl Cotner
Recorded 7/11/1951, Hollywood
24. Poppy The Puppy (2:30)
(Tommy Johnson)
Gene Autry with The Pinafores
Columbia 39542, 1951
Orchestra under the direction of Carl Cotner
Recorded 7/11/1951, Hollywood
25. Auld Lang Syne (2:37)
(Traditional)
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores and Carl Cotner’s Orchestra
From Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/31/49
 

Notes & Background Information

The masters used for this package are from Gene Autry's personal Radio and Film archive and from his original Columbia Records recordings.

Compilation Produced and Compiled by Cary E. Mansfield and Karla Buhlman
Executive Producer: Jackie Autry
Digitally Remastered by Bob Fisher, Pacific Multimedia Corp.
Notes by O. J. Sikes and Johnny Western
Research:  Irynne Isip and Kim Mansfield
Art Direction & Design by Bill Pitzonka
Image Restoration:  Jill and Howard Levine CDS Photo & Graphics www.cdsphoto.com

Tracks:
1, 2, 9, 10, 11-18, 25: (P) 2006 Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation, Released through the courtesy of Gene Autry Entertainment, Inc.

3, 4, 19, 20: originally released 1950 Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Under license from Sony BMG Custom Marketing Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment

5, 6, 23, 24:  originally released 1951 Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Under license from Sony BMG Custom Marketing Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment

7, 8:  originally released 1954 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Under license from Sony BMG Custom Marketing Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment

21:  originally released 1947 Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Under license from Sony BMG Custom Marketing Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment

22:  originally released 1949 Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Under license from Sony BMG Custom Marketing Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment

Compilation produced by Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation

© 2006 Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc.

Manufactured by Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc., 11846 Ventura Blvd., Suite 130, Studio City, CA 91604. Distributed by Universal Music Distribution, 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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