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South of the Border:
Gene Autry Sings Songs of Old Mexico

 

Released:
April 6, 2010

Label:
Varèse Sarabande

Gene Autry led the way with more Latin music and border songs than any other singing cowboy, serenading audiences from the big screen, hit records, and his radio show. Now for the first time, these Spanish language inspired songs are on one collection - South of the Border: Gene Autry Sings Songs of Old Mexico. The performances, ranging from 1936 through 1954, are sourced from Gene's popular musical Western films and his weekly Melody Ranch radio show. Songs with Gene singing in Spanish include "South of the Border," "You Belong to My Heart (Solmante Una Vez)," "A Gay Ranchero," and "Yours (Quiereme Mucho)." Additional tunes inspired by Old Mexico include "In a Little Spanish Town," "Maria Elena," "Mexicali Rose" and "Down Mexico Way."

The album liner notes are by Western music historian and host of the Internet radio show Western Music Time, O.J. Sikes. The CD's booklet includes images of lobby cards and photos from Gene Autry's movies.

Track Listing

  1. Gene Autry's Spoken Introduction (0:49)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 03/26/49
  2. South of the Border (2:25)
    Gene Autry with Johnny Bond, The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    (Michael Carr & James Kennedy)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 03/26/1949
  3. Cielito Lindo (0:54)
    Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
    (Traditional)
    From Western Jamboree, Republic Pictures
    Released 12/1938
    Musical Supervisor: Raoul Kraushaar
  4. Mexicali Rose (2:32)
    Gene Autry and Lou Bring's Orchestra
    (Jack B. Tenney & Helen Stone)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 09/28/1941
  5. My Adobe Hacienda (1:34)
    Gene Autry and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    (John Frederick Coots, Curt Massey & Lee Penny)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 06/01/1947
  6. In a Little Spanish Town (2:10)
    Gene Autry and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    (Al Lewis, Mabel Wayne & Joe Young)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 07/09/1949
  7. You Belong to My Heart (Solmante Una Vez) (2:37)
    Gene Autry and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    (Ray Gilbert & Agustín Lara)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 10/03/1948
  8. Maria Elena (2:31)
    Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The Gene Autry Blue Jeans and Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Hard Way Six featuring Alvino Ray
    (Lorenzo Barcelata & Bob Russell)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 06/20/1954
  9. It Happened in Monterey (2:17)
    Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    (Billy Rose & Mabel Wayne)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 08/08/1948
  10. Come to the Fiesta (1:17)
    Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
    (Art Wenzel)
    From South of The Border, Republic Pictures
    Released 12/1939
    Musical Supervisor: Raoul Kraushaar
  11. Goodbye to Old Mexico (1:57)
    Gene Autry with Jimmy Wakely's Trio and Lou Bring's Orchestra
    (Dwight Butcher)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 02/16/1941
  12. Amapola (2:27)
    Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys
    (Joseph M. LaCalle & Albert Gamse)
    From Saddle Pals, Republic Pictures
    Released 06/1947
    Musical Director: Morton Scott
  13. Gaucho Serenade (1:27)
    Gene Autry with The Texas Rangers and Johnny Marvin's Orchestra
    (Nat Simon, John Redmond & James Cavanaugh)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 06/09/1940
  14. El Rancho Grande (1:48)
    Gene Autry and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    (Donald Reep)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 06/10/1950
  15. A Gay Ranchero (Las Altenitas) (1:44)
    Gene Autry and Carol Cotner's Orchestra
    (Jimenez Joaquin Espinosa, Francia Luban & Abe Tuvim)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 04/06/1947
  16. Down Mexico Way (1:25)
    Gene Autry with Fay McKenzie and The Herrera Sisters
    (Eddie Cherkose, Jule Styne & Sol Meyer)
    From Down Mexico Way, Republic Pictures
    Released 10/1941
    Musical Supervisor: Raoul Kraushaar
  17. Yours (Quiereme Mucho) (2:01)
    Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys
    (Albert Gamse, Gonzalo Roig & Jack Sherr)
    From Sioux City Sue, Republic Pictures
    Released 11/1946
    Musical Director: Morton Scott
  18. La Golondria (The Swallow) (1:44)
    Gene Autry
    (Gene Autry)
    From The Big Sombrero, Columbia Pictures
    Released 03/1949
    Musical Supervisor: Paul Mertz
  19. Marcheta (Love Song of Old Mexico) (2:07)
    Gene Autry and The Paul Sells' Orchestra
    (Victor Schertzinger)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 02/03/1946
  20. Under Fiesta Stars (2:39)
    Gene Autry and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    (Gene Autry & Fred Rose)
    From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
    Broadcast 11/21/1948
  21. In Old Capistrano (2:07)
    Gene Autry with Chorus
    (Jerry Charleston, Gonzalo Esperon & Fred Stryker)
    From Bells of Capistrano, Republic Pictures
    Released 09/1942
    Musical Director: Morton Scott

Notes & Background Information

Compilation Producers: Cary E. Mansfield and Karla Buhlman
Executive Producer: Mrs. Gene Autry
Digital Remastering: Bob Fisher, Pacific Multimedia Corp.
Research: Irynne Isip
Art Direction & Design: Bill Pitzonka
Cover Design: Bret Rigney from Rigney Graphics.

All photographs © 2010 Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation. Compilation licensed by Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation.

Image Restoration: Jill and Howard Levine, CDS Photo & Graphics

The masters used in this collection are from Gene Autry's personal Archives. Every effort has been made to use the best source material available. Therefore sound quality may vary.

This compilation (P) 2010 Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation, Released through the courtesy of Gene Autry Entertainment, Inc. © 2010 Varése Sarabande Records, Inc.

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

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