Gene Autry


Gene Autry (September 29, 1907 - October 2, 1998) was a highly acclaimed and influential country singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, rodeo performer, and the first "singing cowboy" movie star to grace the silver screen in the early 1930s. His long string of hits from 1933 -1957 includes such perennial holiday favorites as "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer," which topped both the Pop and Country charts in 1949. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1969.

Best known songs (with years) include:

  • Jingle Jangle Jingle (1942)
  • Tweedle-O-Twill (1944)
  • Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane) (1947)
  • Buttons And Bows (1948)
  • Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949)
  • Frosty The Snow Man (1950)
  • Peter Cottontail (1950)
  • The Night Before Christmas Song (1952)

Pop charts debut year: 1933

Years active: 1925-1964

Genres: Country, Western

Labels: Challenge, Columbia, Okeh, Perfect, Conqueror, Victor



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