The Official Website for Gene Autry
America's Favorite Singing Cowboy
Gene Autry's career spanned some 70 years in the entertainment industry and he became famous in film, radio, television, and live theater and rodeo performances.
He recorded and wrote hundreds of songs; he was the most successful singing cowboy, completing 93 movies and starring in 91 television productions. Gene Autry was ranked among the most celebrated film stars, and for years was considered to be the most popular Western film actor.
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Gene Autry Activities and Events
Updated August 29, 2016
At this time, you'll find the dates and names of the events with further details to come in the days ahead.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Gene Autry Double Feature at the Autry Museum
Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939) and Colorado Sunset (1939) Read More
Gene Autry YouTube Clip of the Week
Posted September 26, 2016
To honor the birth of Gene Autry 109 years ago on September 29, 1907, we have a special Gene Autry YouTube Clip of the week! The Gene Autry Centennial Action Reel (2007) was created for the Autry Museum's 2007 Gala celebrating Gene Autry's 100th Birthday. Enjoy this 40 minute Featurette showcasing Gene Autry's trademark music, comedy, and action from his B Western movies of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
The Hall of Fame Case for Gene Autry
Posted September 29, 2016
Columnist David Krell wrote a thoughtful column in The Sports Post where he makes a fine argument explaining why Gene Autry should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. We whole heartedly agree and wanted to share this with you. And it was extra nice to have this article posted on Gene Autry's 109th birthday.
Gene Autry wore many hats, proverbially speaking, besides the cowboy dome piece in his movies—owner of Los Angeles television station KTLA from 1963 to 1982, original singer of the Christmas standard Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Army Air Corps officer and Air Transport Command pilot during World War II. Melody Ranch, a 110-acre site formerly known as Monogram Movie Ranch, also fell under his aegis; he bought it in 1953, sold nearly 100 acres, and used the remaining land for Western movies and television series. He had a radio show called, appropriately, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch; his horse, Champion, also had a show – The Adventures of Champion. Radio stations, television stations, a rodeo, and a record company populated his portfolio as well.
Baseball fans, however, knew Autry primarily as the man who planted a Major League Baseball flag in Orange County, California; Autry, once a part-owner of the Pacific Coast League's Hollywood Stars, was the first owner of the California Angels ball club – originally named Los Angeles Angels – which had its first season in 1961. Read More
Gene Autry Double Features at The Autry Museum
Updated September 6, 2016
Saturday matinee double features (the screening of two motion pictures for the price of one) were an industry standard in the first half of the 20th century. The Autry Museum of the American West continues the tradition with its own Saturday matinee double features starring America's Favorite Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry. Two of Gene's musical B Westerns are screened the fourth Saturday of every other month in the Imagination Gallery's Western Legacy Theater.
Each Double Feature has a theme and for the screening on Saturday, October 22nd the theme is "Election Year."
With the Presidential Election this year our October Gene Autry Double Feature focuses on the importance of voting. In Rovin' Tumbleweeds Gene is elected to Congress in an attempt to round-up crooked politicians in Washington D.C. and in Colorado Sunset he is elected to sheriff to cleanup an unscrupulous protective association.
Martin Guitar Documentary "The Ballad of the Dreadnought"
Posted June 27, 2016
If you have visited the Imagination Gallery at the Autry Museum of the American West then you have seen Gene Autry's famous Martin D-45 Guitar on display. It has been called the "Grandfather of the American Acoustic Guitar" and you can learn more about this guitar's place in musical history in the new Martin Guitar documentary "The Ballad of the Dreadnought." This 40-Minute film documents the evolution of the Martin Dreadnought Guitar and its role in American music of the past century. Read about the documentary "The Ballad of the Dreadnought" here. You can watch the full documentary by clicking on the box below.