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Gene Autry: That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine

 

Released: 03/20/2006
Label: Bear Family Records

Bear Family Records of Germany is regarded as the world's greatest record label for American vintage country music and rock'n'roll, German and International oldies, chansons, jazz and cabaret. Like many Bear Family projects, this nine CD box set of Gene Autry recordings from 1929 to 1933 has taken years to research, compile, and complete. This box set is a comprehensive collection of every recording by Gene during this time period, which is why you’ll find multiple versions of the same song.

Bear Family Records box sets have been described as “the ultimate collector’s editions for the true fans” due to the extensive nature of their releases. This set will be expensive, which is why we recommend that if you are planning to purchase this nine CD box set of early Gene Autry Recordings you do so from Autry Museum of the American West's Store. Your Museum membership includes a discount at the store – so take advantage of this benefit!

As soon as Gene Autry Entertainment has its copy of this collection, we will post further information on this page such as dates of the recordings, box set production credit, and liner notes details. Although we have not yet heard the CDs, the Bear Family Records’ reputation of high technical standards leads us to expect the very best quality possible.

Not sure what Gene Autry’s early music sounds like? Check out this previous CD release Gene Autry: Blues Singer 1929-1931 “Booger Rooger Saturday Nite!”

Read the Official Bear Family Records press release

Track Listing

Disc One

  1. My Dreaming of You
  2. My Alabama Home
  3. Stay Away from My Chicken House
  4. My Oklahoma Home
  5. I'll Be Thinking of You Little Gal
  6. I'll Be Thinking of You Little Gal
  7. Cowboy Yodel
  8. Why Don't You Come Back to Me
  9. No One to Call Me Darling
  10. Living in the Mountains
  11. Yodelin' Gene
  12. Blue Yodel No. 5
  13. Left My Gal in the Mountains
  14. Why Don't You Come Back to Me
  15. Hobo Yodel
  16. Dust Pan Blues
  17. No One to Call Me Darling
  18. Frankie and Johnny
  19. Railroad Boomer
  20. My Alabama Home
  21. Slue-Foot Lue
  22. Stay Away from My Chicken House
  23. Waiting for a Train
  24. Lullaby Yodel
  25. California Blues (Blue Yodel No. 4)
  26. Daddy and Home

Disc Two

  1. That's Why I Left the Mountains
  2. Cowboy Yodel
  3. I'll Be Thinking of You Little Gal
  4. My Rough And Rowdy Ways
  5. I'll Be Thinking of You Little Gal
  6. Cowboy Yodel
  7. Whisper Your Mother's Name
  8. The Girl I Left Behind
  9. I'll Be Thinking of You Little Gal
  10. Cowboy Yodel
  11. In The Shadow of the Pine
  12. Hobo Yodel
  13. They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree
  14. Texas Blues
  15. Hobo Bill's Last Ride
  16. Dust Pan Blues
  17. My Carolina Sunshine Girl
  18. Train Whistle Blues
  19. Anniversary Blue Yodel No. 7
  20. In The Jailhouse Now No. 2
  21. The Yodeling Hobo
  22. Pictures of My Mother
  23. Blue Days
  24. He's in the Jail House No. 2
  25. Cowboy's Yodel
  26. Dad in the Hills

Disc Three

  1. High Powered Mama
  2. The Yodeling Hobo
  3. Mean Mama Blues
  4. Blue Yodel No. 8
  5. Pistol Packin' Papa
  6. Dad in the Hills
  7. Pictures of My Mother
  8. Any Old Time
  9. Money Ain't No Use Anyway
  10. Blue Days
  11. A Gangster's Warning
  12. Pictures of My Mother
  13. That's How I Got My Start
  14. True Blue Bill
  15. Do Right Daddy Blues
  16. Do Right Daddy Blues
  17. Money Ain't No Use Anyway
  18. Money Ain't No Use Anyway
  19. That's How I Got My Start
  20. That's How I Got My Start
  21. Bear Cat Papa Blues
  22. Bear Cat Papa Blues
  23. True Blue Bill
  24. A Gangster's Warning
  25. A Gangster's Warning
  26. I'll Always Be a Rambler

Disc Four

  1. The Death of Mother Jones
  2. The Death of Mother Jones
  3. Bear Cat Papa Blues
  4. High Steppin' Mama
  5. High Steppin' Mama Blues
  6. She Wouldn't Do It
  7. Don't Do Me That Way
  8. Don't Do Me That Way
  9. High Steppin' Mama Blues
  10. She Wouldn't Do It
  11. Do Right Daddy Blues
  12. T. B. Blues
  13. Jimmie the Kid
  14. Travelin' Blues
  15. There's A Good Gal in the Mountains
  16. There's A Good Gal in the Mountains
  17. She's A Low Down Mama
  18. She's A Low Down Mama
  19. She's A Low Down Mama
  20. The Old Woman and the Cow
  21. The Old Woman and the Cow
  22. Bear Cat Mama From Horner's Corners
  23. She's a Hum Dum Dinger
  24. Old Man Duff
  25. Old Man Duff

Disc Five

  1. I'm a Truthful Fellow (True Blue Bill)
  2. I'm a Truthful Fellow (True Blue Bill)
  3. Valley in the Hills
  4. Valley in the Hills
  5. Valley in the Hills
  6. She's Just That Kind
  7. She's Always on My Mind
  8. She's Always on My Mind
  9. I'm Blue And Lonesome
  10. I'm Blue And Lonesome
  11. Pistol Packin' Papa
  12. Jail House Blues
  13. That's How I Got My Start
  14. Methodist Pie
  15. Do Right Daddy Blues
  16. Money Ain't No Use Anyhow
  17. Money Ain't No Use Anyhow
  18. I'll Be Thinking of You Little Gal
  19. Dallas County Jail Blues
  20. She Wouldn't Do It
  21. T.B. Blues
  22. T.B. Blues
  23. True Blue Bill
  24. That's How I Got My Start
  25. I'll Always Be a Rambler
  26. Bear Cat Papa Blues
  27. I've Got the Jail House Blues

Disc Six

  1. Rheumatism Blues
  2. I'm Atlanta Bound
  3. High Steppin' Mama Blues
  4. That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
  5. Missouri I'm Calling
  6. Missouri I'm Calling
  7. My Alabama Home
  8. Mississippi Valley
  9. My Old Pal of Yesterday
  10. Missouri I'm Calling
  11. Cross-Eyed Gal That Lived Upon the Hill
  12. I'm Always Dreaming of You
  13. Why Don't You Come Back to Me
  14. Jailhouse Blues
  15. Rheumatism Blues
  16. I'm Atlanta Bound
  17. Wildcat Mama
  18. Mississippi Valley Blues
  19. My Old Pal of Yesterday
  20. My Cross-Eyed Girl
  21. Birmingham Daddy
  22. Why Don't You Come Back to Me
  23. Why Don't You Come Back to Me
  24. She's a Low Down Mama

Disc Seven

  1. I'm a Railroad Man (Waitin' on a Weary Train)
  2. Under The Old Apple Tree
  3. Wild Cat Mama Blues
  4. There's a Good Girl in the Mountains
  5. That Ramshackle Shack
  6. Back to Old Smoky Mountain
  7. Back to Old Smoky Mountain
  8. Back Home in the Blue Ridge Mountains
  9. The Crime I Didn't Do
  10. Kentucky Lullaby
  11. Alone with My Sorrows
  12. I'm Always Dreaming of You
  13. Moonlight and Skies
  14. Returning to My Cabin Home
  15. In The Cradle of My Dreams
  16. My Carolina Mountain Rose
  17. Have You Found Someone Else
  18. In The Hills of Carolina
  19. A Gangster's Warning
  20. Back To Old Smokey Mountain
  21. Back Home in the Blue Ridge Mountains
  22. That Ramshackle Shack
  23. Black Bottom Blues
  24. Kentucky Lullaby
  25. Kentucky Lullaby

Disc Eight

  1. Cowboy's Heaven
  2. The Little Ranch House on the Old Circle B
  3. The Yellow Rose of Texas
  4. Your Voice Is Ringing
  5. Louisiana Moon
  6. Louisiana Moon
  7. Louisiana Moon
  8. Cowboy's Heaven
  9. Cowboy's Heaven
  10. The Little Ranch House on the Old Circle B
  11. If I Could Bring Back My Buddy
  12. If I Could Bring Back My Buddy
  13. The Old Folks Back Home
  14. The Old Folks Back Home
  15. The Yellow Rose of Texas
  16. The Yellow Rose of Texas
  17. The Yellow Rose of Texas
  18. Gosh! I Miss You All the Time
  19. The Answer to 21 Years
  20. The Answer to 21 Years
  21. When It's Lamp Lightin' Time in the Valley
  22. When It's Lamp Lightin' Time in the Valley
  23. Watching The Clouds Roll By

Disc Nine

  1. Don't Take Me Back to the Chain Gang
  2. Don't Take Me Back to the Chain Gang
  3. In The Valley of the Moon
  4. In The Valley of the Moon
  5. When The Mailman Says No Mail Today
  6. When The Humming Birds Are Humming
  7. When The Humming Birds Are Humming
  8. Roll Along Kentucky Moon
  9. That Mother and Daddy of Mine
  10. Way Out West in Texas
  11. The Dying Cowgirl
  12. The Death of Jimmie Rodgers
  13. The Life of Jimmie Rodgers
  14. If You'll Let Me Be Your Little Sweetheart
  15. That Old Feather Bed on the Farm
  16. There's an Empty Cot in the Bunkhouse Tonight
  17. A Hill-Billy Wedding in June
  18. Moonlight Down in Lovers' Lane
  19. The Last Round-Up
  20. When Jimmie Rodgers Said Good-bye
  21. Good Luck Old Pal ('Till We Meet Bye and Bye)
  22. Bye Bye Boyfriend (Blackbird)
    WARNING: EXPLICIT LYRICS
  23. Frankie and Johnnie
    WARNING: EXPLICIT LYRICS

Bear Family Records Sales Notes
Gene Autry That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine

Very few people know that Gene Autry...America’s beloved Singing Cowboy, began his career as the writer and performer of authentic white country blues. While working as a telegrapher for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad - the Frisco Line - he used a railroad pass to travel to New York in 1929, hoping to follow his dream of competing with the top pop singers of the day. Instead, on the advice of Frankie and Johnny Marvin, and legendary producer Arthur Satherley, Autry used his talent to emulate Jimmie Rodgers. No other performer caught the essence of Jimmie Rodgers as Autry did. He could match Rodgers' yodel, Mississippi dialect and guitar runs so closely that it was often hard to tell the two apart. Yet, as he performed more and more original songs in the Rodgers style, he began to develop a sound of his own.

Producing records for a variety of labels such as Gennett, Victor, and Columbia, as well as various low budget labels ('dime-store platters') owned by ARC, Gene sold lots of records during the Depression when people could least afford to buy them. In the early 1930s, Gene with the guidance of his mentor Jimmy Long and Art Satherley, moved from blues to the more traditional hillbilly music of the time. His duet with Long on the mountain ballad "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine," recorded in October of 1931, became a million-selling record. Quickly following that success with other songs, such as "My Old Pal of Yesterday," "Missouri Is Calling," "The Little Ranch House on the Old Circle B" and "Louisiana Moon," Gene went on to transform himself into America’s preeminent singing cowboy.

With the 225 songs on this 9 CD box, Bear Family Records brings together all of the surviving recordings from 1929 – 1933 for the first time ever. Most of these songs have never been on CD, and many have not been available in any form since their original release 75 years ago, including more than 20 songs that are issued here for the first time.

The hardcover book contains an essay by Packy Smith, a discography by Tony Russell, and many rare pictures and illustrations.

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