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Gene Autry and Friends: Year-Round Cowboy

Released: 06/20/2006
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 Ridin' on a Rainbow, Republic Pictures
    Released 01/24/1941, 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 03/18/1950, Hollywood
  3. Peter Cottontail (2:45)
    (Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins)
    Columbia 38750, originally charted #5 Pop, 1950
    Recorded 03/02/1950, New York
  4. The Funny Little Bunny (With the Powder Puff Tail) (2:39)
    (Johnny Bond, Gene Autry)
    Columbia 38750, 1950
    Recorded 03/02/1950, 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 01/31/1951, 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 01/31/1951, 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 01/04/1954, 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 01/04/1954, 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 03/08/1942, 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 04/15/1950, 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 01/05/1941, 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 03/16/1941, 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 07/04/1948, 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 02/02/1941, 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 01/12/1947, 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 06/28/1952, 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 04/30/1949, 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 07/28/1950, 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 07/28/1950, 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 08/28/1947, Hollywood
  22. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (3:10)
    (Johnny Marks)
    Gene Autry with The Pinafores
    Columbia 38610, originally charted #1 Pop, 1949
    Recorded 06/27/1949, 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 07/11/1951, 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 07/11/1951, 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 12/31/1949

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 Producers: Cary E. Mansfield and Karla Buhlman
Executive Producer: Jackie Autry
Digital Remastering: by Bob Fisher, Pacific Multimedia Corp.
Notes: O. J. Sikes and Johnny Western
Research: Irynne Isip and Kim Mansfield
Art Direction & Design: 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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