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Cover Art: The Essential Gene Autry, 1931-1953

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The Essential Gene Autry, 1931-1953

Released:
January 11, 2005
Label: Columbia/Legacy

Sony Legacy presents the essential collection no music fan should be without! The first-ever double-CD anthology exclusively devoted to Gene Autry’s Columbia Records career features forty tracks of Gene Autry’s biggest hits and best-loved songs with a liner-notes essay by official Autry biographer Holly George-Warren. Included are classic recordings such as T.B. Blues, That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine, Mexicali Rose, and Peter Cottontail.

Track Listing
 
Disc One:
1. Back In The Saddle Again (2:35)
(G. Autry, R. Whitley)
Gene Autry
mx. LA 1865 (A 31232), rec. 4/18/39
Vocalion record #05080, rel. 9/22/39
Originally Released 1939
2.  South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way) (2:47)
(J. Kennedy, M. Carr)
Gene Autry
mx. WC 2696 (A 31232), rec. 9/11/39
Vocalion record #05122, rel. 10/13/39
Originally Released 1939
3. The Life Of Jimmie Rodgers (3:09)
(B. Miller)
Gene Autry
mx. 13496 (A 31231), rec. 6/22/33
Vocalion record #5504, rel. 7/15/33
Originally Released 1933
4. Tumbling Tumbleweeds (3:14)
(B. Nolan)
Gene Autry Trio
mx. 16629, rec. 1/11/35
Romeo record #5434, rel. 1/30/35
Originally Released 1935
5. The Convict’s Dream (3:05)
(G. Autry, H. Hopper)
Gene Autry
mx. LA 1312-B (A 31231), rec. 3/22/37
Perfect record #7-05-73, rel. 4/20/37
Originally Released 1937
6. Dallas County Jail Blues (3:00)
(G. Autry, W.R. Calaway)
Gene Autry
mx. 10567 (CK 64987), rec. 4/13/31
Romeo record #5070, rel. 4/14/31
Originally Released 1931
7. Dear Old Western Skies (2:35)
(G. Autry)
Gene Autry
mx. 16569, rec. 1/15/35
Melotone record #351010
Originally Released 1935
8. The Yellow Rose Of Texas (2:51)
(G. Autry)
Gene Autry and Jimmy Long
mx. 13109, rec. 3/1/33
Vocalion record #04998
Originally Released 1933
9. Mexicali Rose (3:07)
(H. Stone, J.B. Tenney)
Gene Autry
mx. C 1194, rec. 12/24/35
Perfect record #6-05-59, rel. 4/15/36
Originally Released 1936
10.  T.B. Blues (2:56)
(J. Rodgers, R. Hall)
Gene Autry
mx. 10569 (CK 64987), rec. 4/14/31
Perfect record #12742, rel. 4/14/31
Originally Released 1931
11. I’m Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes (2:23)
(A.P. Carter)
Gene Autry
mx. H 678 (A 31232), rec. 2/24/42
Okeh record #06648, rel. 4/17/42
Originally Released 1942
12. Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) (3:06)
(A. Gamse, J. LaCalle)
Gene Autry
mx. H 520, rec. 9/26/41
Okeh record #06435, rel. 10/24/41
Originally Released 1941
13. Listen To The Rhythm Of The Range (2:28)
(G. Autry, J. Marvin)
Gene Autry
mx. LA 1454 (A 31231), rec. 10/11/37
Perfect record #7-12-60, rel. 11/15/37
Originally Released 1937
14. That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine (2:46)
(G. Autry, J. Long)
Gene Autry and Jimmy Long
mx. 10943 (A 31231), rec. 10/29/31
Vocalion record #02991
Originally Released 1931
15. When It’s Springtime In The Rockies (1:51)
(M.H. Woolsey, M. Taggart, R. Sauer)
Gene Autry
mx. LA 1471 (A 31231), rec. 10/18/37
Perfect record #8-03-51, rel. 2/1/38
Originally Released 1938
16.  Be Honest With Me (2:45)
(G. Autry, F. Rose)
Gene Autry
mx. LA 2313 (A 31232), rec. 8/20/40
Okeh record #05980, rel. 1/17/41
Originally Released 1941
17. It Makes No Difference Now (2:42)
(F. Tillman, J. Davis)
Gene Autry
mx. H 316 (A 31232), rec. 6/18/41
Columbia record #37021, rel. 7/10/41
Originally Released 1941
18. Deep In The Heart Of Texas (2:43)
(J. Hershey, D. Swander)
Gene Autry
mx. H 677, rec. 2/24/42
Okeh record #06643, rel. 3/20/42
Originally Released 1942
19. Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle (3:07)
(T. Powell, L. Whitcup, W. Samuels)
Gene Autry
mx. LA 1473 (A 31231), rec. 10/18/37
Okeh record #04172, rel. 6/23/38
Originally Released 1938
20. You Are My Sunshine (2:24)
(J. Davis)
Gene Autry
mx. H 315 (A 31232), rec. 6/18/41
Columbia record #37021, rel. 7/10/41
Originally Released 1941

Disc Two:
1. Jingle Jangle Jingle (2:37)
(F. Loesser, J. Lilley)
Gene Autry
mx. H 831 (A 31232), rec. 6/10/42
Okeh record #06690, rel. 6/26/42
Originally Released 1942
2.  Don’t Fence Me In (2:31)
(C. Porter)
Gene Autry
mx. H 1143 (CK 37465), rec. 11/29/44
Okeh record #6728, rel. 12/26/44
Originally Released 1944
3. Oklahoma Hills (2:44)
(W. Guthrie, J. Guthrie)
Gene Autry
mx. HCO 1793, rec. 4/8/46
SMSP A 31233, rel. 2000
Originally Recorded 1946 & Released 2000
4. Gallivantin’ Galveston Gal (2:38)
(S. Nelson, M. Leeds, F. Wise)
Gene Autry
mx. HCO 1887, rec. 7/2/46
Columbia record #37923, rel. 9/29/47
Originally Released 1947
5. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (2:42)
(S. Wiseman)
Gene Autry
mx. H 1586, rec. 11/1/45
Columbia record #37079, rel. 9/2/46
Originally Released 1946
6. Goodnight Irene (2:52)
(H. Ledbetter, A. Lomax)
Gene Autry with The Pinafores and
The Cass County Boys
mx. RHCO 4192, rec. 7/30/50
Columbia record #38934, rel. 8/7/50
Originally Released 1950
7. Sioux City Sue (2:37)
(D. Thomas, R. Freedman)
Gene Autry
mx. HCO 1792 (A 71812), rec. 4/8/46
Columbia record CS1035, rel. 4/27/70
Originally Released 1970
8. Home On The Range (2:38)
(arr. C. Cotner)
Gene Autry
mx. HCO 1867, rec. 6/5/46
Columbia record #37184, rel. 2/3/47
Originally Released 1947
9. Roly Poly (2:31)
(F. Rose)
Gene Autry
mx. RHCO 10688, rec. 12/13/53
Columbia record #21207, rel. 12/28/53
Originally Released 1953
10.  I Hang My Head And Cry (2:41)
(F. Rose, G. Autry, R. Whitley)
Gene Autry
mx. H 600, rec. 12/13/41
Okeh record #06627, rel. 3/27/42
Originally Released 1942
11. God Bless America (2:34)
(I. Berlin)
Gene Autry
mx. RHCO 4468, rec. 4/20/51
Columbia record #39405, rel. 5/21/51
Originally Released 1951
12. Ghost Riders In The Sky (3:15)
(S. Jones)
Gene Autry with the Pinafores and The Cass
County Boys
mx. HCO 3879 (A 31233), rec. 8/16/49
Columbia record #20635, rel. 11/14/49
Originally Released 1949
13. On Top Of Old Smokey (1:46)
(Traditional)
Gene Autry
mx. RHCO 10070 (CK 63422), rec. 12/27/51
Columbia record #386-PVD, rel. 9/1/52
Originally Released 1952
14. Buttons And Bows (2:40)
(J. Livingston, R. Evans)
Gene Autry
mx. HCO 3060, rec. 12/26/47
Columbia record #20469, rel. 8/16/48
Originally Released 1948
15. Old Chisholm Trail (1:25)
(Traditional)
Gene Autry
mx. RHCO 10071, rec. 12/27/51
Columbia record #384-PVD, rel. 4/11/52
Originally Released 1952
16.  Old Soldiers Never Die,
They Just Fade Away
(3:13)
(G. Autry, C. Cotner, W. Burch)
Gene Autry
mx. RHCO 4464, rec. 4/20/51
Columbia record 4-39405, rel. 5/21/51
Originally Released 1951
17. Dixie Cannonball (2:36)
(G. Autry, V. Horton, R. Foley)
Gene Autry
mx. HCO 2022 (A 31232), rec. 9/9/46
Columbia record #37963, rel. 11/10/47
Originally Released 1947
18. Peter Cottontail (2:42)
(S. Nelson, J. Rollins)
Gene Autry
mx. CO 42939, rec. 3/2/50
Columbia record #38750, rel. 3/13/50
Originally Released 1950
19. Here Comes Santa Claus
(Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
(2:31)
(G. Autry, O. Haldeman)
Gene Autry
mx. HCO 2587, rec. 8/28/47
Columbia record #37942, rel. 10/6/47
Originally Released 1947
20. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (3:09)
(J. Marks)
Gene Autry and The Pinafores
mx. HCO 3810, rec. 6/27/49
Columbia record #38610, rel. 9/1/49
Originally Released 1949
 

Notes & Background Information

Compilation Producers: Nedra Olds-Neal and Larry Cohn
Executive Producer: Karla Buhlman
Mastered by Mark Wilder at Sony Music Studios, New York
Additional Mastering by Woody Pornpitaksuk and Maria Triana
Digital Restoration: Ken Robertson
Legacy A&R: Steve Berkowitz
Product Manager: Laura Grover
A&R Coordination: Patti Matheny
Art Direction: Howard Fritzson
Design: Lisa Sparagano
Photography: © Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation; photo restoration by Howard & Jill Levine
Research: Sage Guyton, Autry National Center Collections Assistant
Packaging Managers: Norm Elrod/Triana D'Orazio

 
© 2005 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Inc. / Originally Recorded 1946 & Released (2000) (Disc 2: #3), Originally Released 1931 (#6, 10, 14); 1933 (#3, 8); 1935 (#4, 7); 1936 (#9); 1937 (#5, 13); 1938 (#15, 19); 1939 (#1, 2); 1941 (#12, 16, 17, 20); 1942 (#11, 18; Disc 2: #1, 10); 1944 (Disc 2: #2); 1945 (Disc 2: #5); 1947 (Disc 2: #4, 8, 17, 19); 1948 (Disc 2: #14); 1949 (Disc 2: #12, 20); 1950 (Disc 2: #6, 19); 1951 (Disc 2: #11, 16); 1952 (Disc 2: #13, 15); 1953 (Disc 2: #9); 1970 (Disc 2: #7); (P) 2005 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Inc. / Manufactured by Columbia Records / 550 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022-3211 / Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. This package consists of previously released material.

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