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The Gene Autry Show: The Complete 1950s Television Recordings

Released: 10/24/2000
Label: Varèse Sarabande Records

On July 23, 1950, The Gene Autry Show aired for the first time on network television. Gene Autry was the first movie star to make a regular series for television. Each episode was an original half-hour program and, like his very popular movies, each featured Gene's trademark elements of action, humor and music. Gene sang new arrangements of his classic cowboy tunes and even performed several rare songs. In addition to being the star of the show, he also produced the program through his own Flying A Pictures. The Gene Autry Show originally aired from 1950 to 1956 on CBS with a total of 91 episodes.

The Gene Autry Show: The Complete 1950s Television Recordings is a three CD set featuring 109 performances by Gene Autry from the landmark television series, including a few with the Cass County Boys and Pat Buttram. The masters are from Gene Autry's personal archives and have been fully restored and digitally remastered. Liner notes by historian Allen J. Wiener and images from the television episodes complete this package, which are sure to bring back memories of the golden age of television.

Track Listing

Disc One (Episodes 1-27)

1. Flying A Logo (0:27)
2. Cowboy Blues (1:14)
(Cindy Walker)
Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
Episode 1 – "Gold Dust Charlie"
Telecast 7/30/50
3. Home On The Range (1:17)
(Traditional/Arranged by Carl Cotner)
Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
Episode 1 – "Gold Dust Charlie"
Telecast 7/30/1950
4. Great Grand-Dad (1:32)
(Traditional)
Cass County Boys
Episode 1 – "Gold Dust Charlie"
Telecast 7/30/50
5. Mexicali Rose (1:21)
(Helen Stone/Jack Tenney)
Episode 1 – "Gold Dust Charlie"
Telecast 7/30/50
6. Sing Me A Song Of The Saddle (2:19)
(Gene Autry/Frank Harford)
Episode 2 – "Head For Texas"
Telecast 7/23/50
7. Ridin' Down The Canyon (2:22)
(Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
Episode 3 – "The Doodle Bug"
Telecast 8/13/50
8. Can't Shake the Sands of Texas from My Shoes (1:15)
(Gene Autry/Diane Johnston/Kenneth Pitts)
Episode 4 – "The Silver Arrow"
Telecast 8/6/50
9. When The Bloom Is On The Sage (1:54)
(Fred Howard/Nat Vincent)
Episode 5 – "The Double Switch"
Telecast 8/27/50
10. Back In The Saddle Again (1:21)
(Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
Episode 6 – "The Star Toter"
Telecast 8/20/50
11. Pretty Mary (1:37)
(Gene Autry/Oakley Haldeman/Jim Macdonald/Bob Mitchell)
Episode 7 – "The Posse"
Telecast 9/17/50
12. That's My Home (1:38)
(Sid Robin)
Episode 8 – "Blackwater Valley Feud"
Telecast 9/3/50
13. Texans Never Cry (2:04)
(Gene Autry/Shotgun Britton/Hank Fort/Oakley Haldeman)
Episode 9 – "Doublecross Valley"
Telecast 9/10/50
14. Along the Navajo Trail (1:42)
(Dick Charles/Eddie De Lange/Larry Marks)
Episode 10 – "The Devil's Brand"
Telecast 9/24/50
15. Goodbye To Old Mexico (1:00)
(Dwight Butcher)
Episode 11 – "The Lost Chance"
Telecast 10/15/50
16. There's A Rainbow On The Rio Colorado (1:40)
(Gene Autry/Fred Rose)
Episode 12 – "Six-Shooter Sweepstakes"
Telecast 10/1/50
17. When It's Night Time In Nevada (1:18)
(Will Dulmage/E. O'Reilly Clint/Richard Pascoe)
Episode 13 – "The Black Rider"
Telecast 10/22/50
18. Mellow Mountain Moon (1:07)
(Fred Howard/Nat Vincent)
Episode 14 – "The Poisoned Waterhole"
Telecast 10/8/50
19. Cool Water (1:23)
(Bob Nolan)
Episode 15 – "Gun Powder Range"
Telecast 10/29/50
20. Room Full of Roses (1:09)
(Tim Spencer)
Episode 16 – "Twisted Trails"
Telecast 11/12/50
21. Back In The Saddle Again (0:47)
(Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
Episode 16 – "Twisted Trails"
Telecast 11/12/50
22. Be Honest With Me (1:08)
(Fred Rose/Gene Autry)
Episode 17 – "The Fight at Peaceful Mesa"
Telecast 11/19/50
23. I'm Beginning To Care (1:33)
(Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Fred Rose)
Episode 17 – "The Fight at Peaceful Mesa"
Telecast 11/19/50
24. Painted Desert (0:47)
(Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
Episode 18 – "The Breakup"
Telecast 11/5/50
25. Broomstick Buckaroo (1:43)
(Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Frank Harford)
Episode 18 – "The Breakup"
Telecast 11/5/50
26. The Strawberry Roan (1:39)
(Curley Fletcher/Nat Vincent/Fred Howard)
Episode 19 – "Hot Lead"
Telecast 11/26/50
27. There's Nothing Like a Good Old-Fashioned Hoedown (1:40)
(Gene Autry)
Episode 19 – "Hot Lead"
Telecast 11/26/50
28. Let Me Ride Down In Rocky Canyon (1:35)
(Gene Autry/Fred Rose/Ray Whitley)
Episode 20 – "The Killer Horse"
Telecast 12/10/50
29. Marcheta (1:25)
(Victor Schertzinger)
Episode 21 – "The Sheriff of Santa Rosa"
Telecast 12/24/50
30. Tweedle-O-Twill (1:02)
(Gene Autry/Fred Rose)
Episode 21 – "The Sheriff of Santa Rosa"
Telecast 12/24/50
31. Red River Valley (1:17)
(Carl Cotner)
Episode 22 – "The Gray Dude"
Telecast 12/3/50
32. A Heart As Big As Texas (0:44)
(Oakley Haldeman/Buddy Feyne)
Episode 23 – "The Peacemaker"
Telecast 12/17/50
33. Let Me Cry On Your Shoulder (1:11)
(June Hershey/Don Swander)
Episode 23 – "The Peacemaker"
Telecast 12/17/50
34. She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain Tears on My Pillow (1:21)
(Traditional/Fred Rose-Gene Autry)
Episode 24 – "T.N.T."
Telecast 12/31/50
35. The Angel Song (1:22)
(Gene Autry/Curt Massey/Mary Millard)
Episode 25 – "The Raiders"
Telecast 4/14/51
36. I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine (1:30)
(Oakley Haldeman/Gene Autry/Dale Evans)
Episode 26 – "Double Barreled Vengeance"
Telecast 4/21/51
37. Cowboy's Heaven (2:06)
(Gene Autry/Frankie Marvin)
Episode 27 – "Horse Sense"
Telecast 1/11/52
38. End Credit (0:08.8)

Disc Two (Episodes 28-64)

1. Flying A Logo (0:20)
2. Crime Will Never Pay (2:04)
(Jenny Pankratz/Jack Pepper)
Episode 28 – "Outlaw Escape"
Telecast 12/1/51
3. Let's Go Roamin' Around The Range (1:30)
(Smiley Burnette)
Episode 29 – "Frontier Guard"
Telecast 10/13/51
4. Roll On Little Doggies (2:30)
(Traditional)
Gene Autry with Pat Buttram
Episode 30 – "Return of Maverick Dan"
Telecast 12/15/51
5. As Long As I Have My Horse (1:23)
(Gene Autry/Fred Rose/Ray Whitley)
Episode 31 – "Ghost Town Raiders"
Telecast 10/6/51
6. Silver Spurs On The Golden Stairs (1:20)
(Gene Autry/Cindy Walker)
Episode 32 – "Revenge Trail"
Telecast 11/17/51
7. When You And I Were Young, Maggie (1:30)
(Gene Autry)
Episode 33 – "The Lawless Press"
Telecast 1/25/52
8. I Want To Be Sure (1:17)
(Gene Autry/Merle Travis)
Episode 34 – "Silver Dollars"
Telecast 10/20/51
9. Under Fiesta Stars (1:36)
(Gene Autry/Fred Rose)
Episode 35 – "Killer's Trail"
Telecast 10/27/51
10. Rhythm Of The Hoofbeats (1:05)
(Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Fred Rose)
Episode 36 – "Bullets and Bows"
Telecast 3/2/52
11. 'Neath The Blue Montana Skies (1:35)
(Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Fred Rose)
Episode 37 – "The Bandits of Boulder Bluff"
Telecast 11/24/51
12. Ages And Ages Ago (1:49)
(Gene Autry/Fred Rose/Ray Whitley)
Episode 38 – "Melody Mesa"
Telecast 1/4/52
13. Back In The Saddle Again (0:46)
(Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
Pat Buttram
Episode 38 – "Melody Mesa"
Telecast 1/4/52
14. Down In The Valley (1:55)
(Carl Cotner)
Episode 39 – "Warning! Danger!"
Telecast 11/10/51
15. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (1:26)
(Traditional)
Gene Autry with Gloria Winters
Episode 39 – "Warning! Danger!"
Telecast 11/10/51
16. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen (0:44)
(Traditional)
Episode 39 – "Warning! Danger!"
Telecast 11/10/51
17. Ridin' Down The Canyon (1:38)
(Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
Gene Autry with himself, via phonograph
Episode 40 – "Frame for Trouble"
Telecast 11/3/51
18. The Yellow Rose of Texas (1:29)
(Traditional/Arranged By Gene Autry)
Episode 42 – "Rock River Feud"
Telecast 1/18/52
19. Ridin' Double (1:43)
(John Rox)
Episode 43 – "Heir To The Lazy L"
Telecast 12/29/51
20. Texas Plains (1:10)
(Stuart Hamblen)
Episode 45 – "The Ruthless Renegade"
Telecast 2/8/52
21. Home On The Range (2:18)
(Traditional/Arranged By Carl Cotner)
Episode 46 – "Hot Lead and Old Lace"
Telecast 2/15/52
22. Pretty Mary (1:46)
(Bob Mitchell/Oakley Haldeman/Gene Autry/Jim Macdonald)
Episode 47 – "Galloping Hoofs"
Telecast 12/22/51
23. Mexicali Rose (1:05)
(Helen Stone/Jack Tenney)
Episode 47 – "Galloping Hoofs"
Telecast 12/22/51
24. I'm Beginning To Care (1:04)
(Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Fred Rose)
Episode 49 – "Six Gun Romeo"
Telecast 3/16/52
25. After Tomorrow (1:07)
(Gene Autry/Fred Rose)
Episode 50 – "The Sheriff Is A Lady"
Telecast 3/23/52
26. Billy Boy (0:58)
(Traditional)
Episode 51 – "The Western Way"
Telecast 2/1/52
27. Old Nevada Moon (1:17)
(Gene Autry)
Episode 53 – "Thunder Out West"
Telecast 7/14/53
28. There's A Rainbow On The Rio Colorado (1:34)
(Fred Rose/Gene Autry)
Episode 54 – "Outlaw Stage"
Telecast 7/21/53
29. Back In The Saddle Again (1:17)
(Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
Episode 55 – "The Bandidos"
Telecast 9/1/53
30. Dixie Cannonball (1:03)
(Red Foley/Gene Autry/Vaughn Horton)
Episode 55 – "The Bandidos"
Telecast 9/1/53
31. Westward Ho! (1:00)
(Vern Spencer)
Episode 57 – "Santa Fe Raiders"
Telecast 7/6/54
32. Love, Burning Love (1:58)
(Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Fred Rose)
Episode 58 – "Narrow Escape"
Telecast 8/11/53
33. I'm A Cow-Poke Pokin' Along (1:01)
(Gene Autry/ Fred Rose)
Episode 59 – "The Old Prospector"
Telecast 8/4/53
34. I'll Go Ridin' Down That Old Texas Trail (0:51)
(Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
Episode 60 – "Ghost Mountain"
Telecast 7/28/53
35. If You'll Let Me Be Your Little Sweetheart (0:53)
(Gene Autry/Slim Bryant)
Episode 60 – "Ghost Mountain"
Telecast 7/28/53
36. Guns And Guitars (1:20)
(Gene Autry/Oliver Drake)
Episode 61 – "Border Justice"
Telecast 8/18/53
37. I Only Want A Buddy (0:55)
(Eddie Jones)
Episode 62 – "Holdup"
Telecast 7/20/54
38. Gone With The West (1:13)
(Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin)
Episode 63 – "Johnny Jackaroo"
Telecast 7/13/54
39. Onteora (1:49)
(Doris Anderson/Theodore Snyder)
Episode 64 – "Gypsy Wagon"
Telecast 8/25/53
40. End Credit (0:10)

Disc Three (Episodes 65-91)

1. Flying A Logo (0:26)
2. When The Bloom Is On The Sage (0:49)
(Fred Howard/Nat Vincent)
Episode 65 – "Outlaw Of Blue Mesa"
Telecast 9/7/54
3. Fetch Me Down My Trusty Forty-Five (1:09)
(Smiley Burnette)
Episode 66 – "Dry Gulch At Devil's Elbow"
Telecast 9/8/53
4. A Hill Billy Wedding In June (1:22)
(Frankie More/Freddie Owen)
Episode 67 - "Hoodoo Canyon"
Telecast 8/17/54
5. God's Little Candles (1:30)
(Jimmy Kennedy)
Episode 68 – "Prize Winner"
Telecast 7/27/54
6. Crime Will Never Pay (1:43)
(Jenny Pankratz/Jack Pepper)
Episode 69 – "The Sharpshooter"
Telecast 8/3/54
7. Let Me Ride Down In Rocky Canyon (1:35)
(Gene Autry/Fred Rose/Ray Whitley)
Episode 70 – "Rio Renegades"
Telecast 9/29/53
8. Ridin' All Day (1:00)
(Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
Episode 71 – "The Carnival Comes West"
Telecast 8/24/54
9. Silver Spurs On The Golden Stairs (1:21)
(Gene Autry/Cindy Walker)
Episode 71 – "The Carnival Comes West"
Telecast 8/24/54
10. The Cowboy's Trademarks (1:32)
(Gene Autry)
Episode 72 – "Talking Guns"
Telecast 8/10/54
11. What's Gonna Happen To Me (1:29)
(Gene Autry)
Episode 74 - "Battle Axe"
Telecast 8/31/54
12. A Heart As Big As Texas (1:08)
(Oakley Haldeman/Buddy Feyne)
Episode 76 – "Outlaw Warning"
Telecast 10/2/54
13. Mama Don't Like Music (2:23)
(Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
Episode 77 – "Boots and Ballots"
Telecast 9/25/54
14. Gallivantin' Galveston Gal (1:14)
(Milton Leeds/Steve Nelson/Fred Wise)
Gene Autry with Pat Buttram
Episode 78 – "The Steel Ribbon"
Telecast 9/22/53
15. Pretty Mary (2:16)
(Gene Autry/Oakley Haldeman/Jim MacDonald/Bob Mitchell)
Episode 79 – "Saddle Up"
Telecast 12/3/55
16. Gallivantin' Galveston Gal (1:24)
(Milton Leeds/Steve Nelson/Fred Wise)
Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
Episode 79 – "Saddle Up"
Telecast 12/3/55
17. Ridin' Down The Canyon (2:27)
(Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
Episode 80 – "Ride Ranchero"
Telecast 12/10/55
18. 'Neath The Blue Montana Sky (1:35)
(Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Fred Rose)
Episode 81 – "The Rangerette"
Telecast 12/17/55
19. Old MacDonald Had A Farm (1:48)
(Traditional)
Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
Episode 81 – "The Rangerette"
Telecast 12/17/55
20. Sing Me A Song Of The Saddle (1:34)
(Gene Autry/Frank Harford)
Episode 82 – "The Stage To San Dimas"
Telecast 10/8/55
21. Mellow Mountain Moon (1:14)
(Fred Howard/Nat Vincent)
Gene Autry with Barbara Knudson
Episode 82 – "The Stage To San Dimas"
Telecast 10/8/55
22. Marcheta (1:31)
(Victor Schertzinger)
Episode 83 – "Guns Below The Border"
Telecast 11/5/55
23. Under Fiesta Stars (1:57)
(Gene Autry/Fred Rose)
Episode 83 – "Guns Below The Border"
Telecast 11/5/55
24. Onteora (2:50)
(Doris Anderson/Theodore Snyder)
Cass County Boys
Episode 84 – "The Portrait Of White Cloud"
Telecast 10/15/55
25. It's My Lazy Day (2:00)
(Smiley Burnette)
Gene Autry with Pat Buttram and Cass County Boys
Episode 84 – "The Portrait Of White Cloud"
Telecast 10/15/55
26. Back In The Saddle Again (1:10)
(Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
Episode 85 – "Go West, Young Lady"
Telecast 11/19/55
27. When The Bloom Is On The Sage (1:43)
(Fred Howard/Nat Vincent)
Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
Episode 85 – "Go West, Young Lady"
Telecast 11/19/55
28. Back In The Doghouse Again (0:43)
(Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
Episode 85 – "Go West, Young Lady"
Telecast 11/19/55
29. Somebody Bigger Than You And I (1:51)
(J. Francis Burke/Hy Heath/Johnny Lange)
Gene Autry and Cast
Episode 86 – "Law Comes To Scorpion"
Telecast 10/22/55
30. I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine (1:31)
(Oakley Haldeman/Gene Autry/Dale Evans)
Episode 86 – "Law Comes To Scorpion"
Telecast 10/22/55
31. The Yellow Rose Of Texas (1:30)
(Traditional/Arranged By Gene Autry)
Episode 87 – "The Million Dollar Fiddle"
Telecast 10/1/55
32. Sierra Nevada (2:11)
(Joel Herron)
Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
Episode 88 – "Dynamite"
Telecast 12/24/55
33. Trail To Mexico (1:05)
(Traditional)
Cass County Boys
Episode 88 – "Dynamite"
Telecast 12/24/55
34. Crime Will Never Pay (1:35)
(Jenny Pankratz/Jack Pepper)
Episode 89 – "Feuding Friends"
Telecast 11/26/55
35. There's Nothing Like A
Good Old-Fashioned Hoedown
(1:03)
(Gene Autry)
Episode 90 – "The Golden Chariot"
Telecast 10/29/55
36. You're The Only Good Thing
(That's Happened To Me)
(1:32)
(Jack Toombs)
Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
Episode 91 – "Ghost Ranch"
Telecast 11/12/55
37. End Credit (0:10)

Notes & Background Information

Compilation Producers: Cary E. Mansfield and Karla Buhlman
Executive Producer: Jackie Autry
Research Consultant: Jon Guyot Smith
Project Assistance: Alex Gordon
Digital Remastering: by Bob Fisher, Pacific Multimedia Corp.
Notes: Allen J. Wiener
Art Direction: Howard Levine, www.cdsphoto.com

This compilation (P)2000 Flying A Pictures Inc, ©2000 Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc. Released through the courtesy of Flying A Pictures Inc, Manufactured by Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc., 11846 Ventura Blvd., Suite 130, Studio City, CA 91604. Distributed by Universal Music and Video Distribution, 10 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

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