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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 07/30/1950
  3. Home on the Range (1:17)
    (Traditional/Arranged by Carl Cotner)
    Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
    Episode 1: Gold Dust Charlie
    Telecast 07/30/1950
  4. Great Grand-Dad (1:32)
    (Traditional)
    Cass County Boys
    Episode 1: Gold Dust Charlie
    Telecast 07/30/1950
  5. Mexicali Rose (1:21)
    (Helen Stone/Jack Tenney)
    Episode 1: Gold Dust Charlie
    Telecast 07/30/1950
  6. Sing Me a Song of the Saddle (2:19)
    (Gene Autry/Frank Harford)
    Episode 2: Head For Texas
    Telecast 07/23/1950
  7. Ridin' Down The Canyon (2:22)
    (Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
    Episode 3: The Doodle Bug
    Telecast 08/13/1950
  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 08/06/1950
  9. When The Bloom Is on the Sage (1:54)
    (Fred Howard/Nat Vincent)
    Episode 5: The Double Switch
    Telecast 08/27/1950
  10. Back in the Saddle Again (1:21)
    (Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
    Episode 6: The Star Toter
    Telecast 08/20/1950
  11. Pretty Mary (1:37)
    (Gene Autry/Oakley Haldeman/Jim Macdonald/Bob Mitchell)
    Episode 7: The Posse
    Telecast 09/17/1950
  12. That's My Home (1:38)
    (Sid Robin)
    Episode 8: Blackwater Valley Feud
    Telecast 09/03/1950
  13. Texans Never Cry (2:04)
    (Gene Autry/Shotgun Britton/Hank Fort/Oakley Haldeman)
    Episode 9: Doublecross Valley
    Telecast 09/10/1950
  14. Along the Navajo Trail (1:42)
    (Dick Charles/Eddie De Lange/Larry Marks)
    Episode 10: The Devil's Brand
    Telecast 09/24/1950
  15. Goodbye to Old Mexico (1:00)
    (Dwight Butcher)
    Episode 11: The Lost Chance
    Telecast 10/15/1950
  16. There's a Rainbow on the Rio Colorado (1:40)
    (Gene Autry/Fred Rose)
    Episode 12: Six-Shooter Sweepstakes
    Telecast 10/01/1950
  17. When It's Night Time in Nevada (1:18)
    (Will Dulmage/E. O'Reilly Clint/Richard Pascoe)
    Episode 13: The Black Rider
    Telecast 10/22/1950
  18. Mellow Mountain Moon (1:07)
    (Fred Howard/Nat Vincent)
    Episode 14: The Poisoned Waterhole
    Telecast 10/08/1950
  19. Cool Water (1:23)
    (Bob Nolan)
    Episode 15: Gun Powder Range
    Telecast 10/29/1950
  20. Room Full of Roses (1:09)
    (Tim Spencer)
    Episode 16: Twisted Trails
    Telecast 11/12/1950
  21. Back in the Saddle Again (0:47)
    (Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
    Episode 16: Twisted Trails
    Telecast 11/12/1950
  22. Be Honest With Me (1:08)
    (Fred Rose/Gene Autry)
    Episode 17: The Fight at Peaceful Mesa
    Telecast 11/19/1950
  23. I'm Beginning to Care (1:33)
    (Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Fred Rose)
    Episode 17: The Fight at Peaceful Mesa
    Telecast 11/19/1950
  24. Painted Desert (0:47)
    (Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
    Episode 18: The Breakup
    Telecast 11/05/1950
  25. Broomstick Buckaroo (1:43)
    (Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Frank Harford)
    Episode 18: The Breakup
    Telecast 11/05/1950
  26. The Strawberry Roan (1:39)
    (Curley Fletcher/Nat Vincent/Fred Howard)
    Episode 19: Hot Lead
    Telecast 11/26/1950
  27. There's Nothing Like a Good Old-Fashioned Hoedown (1:40)
    (Gene Autry)
    Episode 19: Hot Lead
    Telecast 11/26/1950
  28. Let Me Ride Down in Rocky Canyon (1:35)
    (Gene Autry/Fred Rose/Ray Whitley)
    Episode 20: The Killer Horse
    Telecast 12/10/1950
  29. Marcheta (1:25)
    (Victor Schertzinger)
    Episode 21: The Sheriff of Santa Rosa
    Telecast 12/24/1950
  30. Tweedle-O-Twill (1:02)
    (Gene Autry/Fred Rose)
    Episode 21: The Sheriff of Santa Rosa
    Telecast 12/24/1950
  31. Red River Valley (1:17)
    (Carl Cotner)
    Episode 22: The Gray Dude
    Telecast 12/03/1950
  32. A Heart as Big as Texas (0:44)
    (Oakley Haldeman/Buddy Feyne)
    Episode 23: The Peacemaker
    Telecast 12/17/1950
  33. Let Me Cry On Your Shoulder (1:11)
    (June Hershey/Don Swander)
    Episode 23: The Peacemaker
    Telecast 12/17/1950
  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 12/31/1950
  35. The Angel Song (1:22)
    (Gene Autry/Curt Massey/Mary Millard)
    Episode 25: The Raiders
    Telecast 04/14/1951
  36. I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine (1:30)
    (Oakley Haldeman/Gene Autry/Dale Evans)
    Episode 26: Double Barreled Vengeance
    Telecast 04/21/1951
  37. Cowboy's Heaven (2:06)
    (Gene Autry/Frankie Marvin)
    Episode 27: Horse Sense
    Telecast 01/11/1952
  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 12/01/1951
  3. Let's Go Roamin' Around the Range (1:30)
    (Smiley Burnette)
    Episode 29: Frontier Guard
    Telecast 10/13/1951
  4. Roll on Little Doggies (2:30)
    (Traditional)
    Gene Autry with Pat Buttram
    Episode 30: Return of Maverick Dan
    Telecast 12/15/1951
  5. As Long As I Have My Horse (1:23)
    (Gene Autry/Fred Rose/Ray Whitley)
    Episode 31: Ghost Town Raiders
    Telecast 10/06/1951
  6. Silver Spurs on the Golden Stairs (1:20)
    (Gene Autry/Cindy Walker)
    Episode 32: Revenge Trail
    Telecast 11/17/1951
  7. When You and I Were Young, Maggie (1:30)
    (Gene Autry)
    Episode 33: The Lawless Press
    Telecast 01/25/1952
  8. I Want to Be Sure (1:17)
    (Gene Autry/Merle Travis)
    Episode 34: Silver Dollars
    Telecast 10/20/1951
  9. Under Fiesta Stars (1:36)
    (Gene Autry/Fred Rose)
    Episode 35: Killer's Trail
    Telecast 10/27/1951
  10. Rhythm of the Hoofbeats (1:05)
    (Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Fred Rose)
    Episode 36: Bullets and Bows
    Telecast 03/02/1952
  11. 'Neath the Blue Montana Skies (1:35)
    (Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Fred Rose)
    Episode 37: The Bandits of Boulder Bluff
    Telecast 11/24/1951
  12. Ages and Ages Ago (1:49)
    (Gene Autry/Fred Rose/Ray Whitley)
    Episode 38: Melody Mesa
    Telecast 01/04/1952
  13. Back in the Saddle Again (0:46)
    (Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
    Pat Buttram
    Episode 38: Melody Mesa
    Telecast 01/04/1952
  14. Down in the Valley (1:55)
    (Carl Cotner)
    Episode 39: Warning! Danger!
    Telecast 11/10/1951
  15. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (1:26)
    (Traditional)
    Gene Autry with Gloria Winters
    Episode 39: Warning! Danger!
    Telecast 11/10/1951
  16. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (0:44)
    (Traditional)
    Episode 39: Warning! Danger!
    Telecast 11/10/1951
  17. Ridin' Down the Canyon (1:38)
    (Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
    Gene Autry with himself, via phonograph
    Episode 40: Frame for Trouble
    Telecast 11/03/1951
  18. The Yellow Rose of Texas (1:29)
    (Traditional/Arranged By Gene Autry)
    Episode 42: Rock River Feud
    Telecast 01/18/1952
  19. Ridin' Double (1:43)
    (John Rox)
    Episode 43: Heir to the Lazy L
    Telecast 12/29/1951
  20. Texas Plains (1:10)
    (Stuart Hamblen)
    Episode 45: The Ruthless Renegade
    Telecast 02/08/1952
  21. Home on the Range (2:18)
    (Traditional/Arranged By Carl Cotner)
    Episode 46: Hot Lead and Old Lace
    Telecast 02/15/1952
  22. Pretty Mary (1:46)
    (Bob Mitchell/Oakley Haldeman/Gene Autry/Jim Macdonald)
    Episode 47: Galloping Hoofs
    Telecast 12/22/1951
  23. Mexicali Rose (1:05)
    (Helen Stone/Jack Tenney)
    Episode 47: Galloping Hoofs
    Telecast 12/22/1951
  24. I'm Beginning to Care (1:04)
    (Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Fred Rose)
    Episode 49: Six Gun Romeo
    Telecast 03/16/1952
  25. After Tomorrow (1:07)
    (Gene Autry/Fred Rose)
    Episode 50: The Sheriff Is a Lady
    Telecast 03/23/1952
  26. Billy Boy (0:58)
    (Traditional)
    Episode 51: The Western Way
    Telecast 02/01/1952
  27. Old Nevada Moon (1:17)
    (Gene Autry)
    Episode 53: Thunder Out West
    Telecast 07/14/1953
  28. There's a Rainbow on the Rio Colorado (1:34)
    (Fred Rose/Gene Autry)
    Episode 54: Outlaw Stage
    Telecast 07/21/1953
  29. Back in the Saddle Again (1:17)
    (Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
    Episode 55: The Bandidos
    Telecast 09/01/1953
  30. Dixie Cannonball (1:03)
    (Red Foley/Gene Autry/Vaughn Horton)
    Episode 55: The Bandidos
    Telecast 09/01/1953
  31. Westward Ho! (1:00)
    (Vern Spencer)
    Episode 57: Santa Fe Raiders
    Telecast 07/06/1954
  32. Love, Burning Love (1:58)
    (Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Fred Rose)
    Episode 58: Narrow Escape
    Telecast 08/11/1953
  33. I'm a Cow-Poke Pokin' Along (1:01)
    (Gene Autry/ Fred Rose)
    Episode 59: The Old Prospector
    Telecast 08/04/1953
  34. I'll Go Ridin' Down That Old Texas Trail (0:51)
    (Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
    Episode 60: Ghost Mountain
    Telecast 07/28/1953
  35. If You'll Let Me Be Your Little Sweetheart (0:53)
    (Gene Autry/Slim Bryant)
    Episode 60: Ghost Mountain
    Telecast 07/28/1953
  36. Guns and Guitars (1:20)
    (Gene Autry/Oliver Drake)
    Episode 61: Border Justice
    Telecast 08/18/1953
  37. I Only Want a Buddy (0:55)
    (Eddie Jones)
    Episode 62: Holdup
    Telecast 07/20/1954
  38. Gone with the West (1:13)
    (Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin)
    Episode 63: Johnny Jackaroo
    Telecast 07/13/1954
  39. Onteora (1:49)
    (Doris Anderson/Theodore Snyder)
    Episode 64: Gypsy Wagon
    Telecast 08/25/1953
  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 09/07/1954
  3. Fetch Me Down My Trusty Forty-Five (1:09)
    (Smiley Burnette)
    Episode 66: Dry Gulch at Devil's Elbow
    Telecast 09/08/1953
  4. A Hill Billy Wedding in June (1:22)
    (Frankie More/Freddie Owen)
    Episode 67: Hoodoo Canyon
    Telecast 08/17/1954
  5. God's Little Candles (1:30)
    (Jimmy Kennedy)
    Episode 68: Prize Winner
    Telecast 07/27/1954
  6. Crime Will Never Pay (1:43)
    (Jenny Pankratz/Jack Pepper)
    Episode 69: The Sharpshooter
    Telecast 08/03/1954
  7. Let Me Ride Down in Rocky Canyon (1:35)
    (Gene Autry/Fred Rose/Ray Whitley)
    Episode 70: Rio Renegades
    Telecast 09/29/1953
  8. Ridin' All Day (1:00)
    (Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
    Episode 71: The Carnival Comes West
    Telecast 08/24/1954
  9. Silver Spurs on the Golden Stairs (1:21)
    (Gene Autry/Cindy Walker)
    Episode 71: The Carnival Comes West
    Telecast 08/24/1954
  10. The Cowboy's Trademarks (1:32)
    (Gene Autry)
    Episode 72: Talking Guns
    Telecast 08/10/1954
  11. What's Gonna Happen to Me (1:29)
    (Gene Autry)
    Episode 74: Battle Axe
    Telecast 08/31/1954
  12. A Heart as Big as Texas (1:08)
    (Oakley Haldeman/Buddy Feyne)
    Episode 76: Outlaw Warning
    Telecast 10/02/1954
  13. Mama Don't Like Music (2:23)
    (Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
    Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
    Episode 77: Boots and Ballots
    Telecast 09/25/1954
  14. Gallivantin' Galveston Gal (1:14)
    (Milton Leeds/Steve Nelson/Fred Wise)
    Gene Autry with Pat Buttram
    Episode 78: The Steel Ribbon
    Telecast 09/22/1953
  15. Pretty Mary (2:16)
    (Gene Autry/Oakley Haldeman/Jim MacDonald/Bob Mitchell)
    Episode 79: Saddle Up
    Telecast 12/03/1955
  16. Gallivantin' Galveston Gal (1:24)
    (Milton Leeds/Steve Nelson/Fred Wise)
    Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
    Episode 79: Saddle Up
    Telecast 12/03/1955
  17. Ridin' Down The Canyon (2:27)
    (Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
    Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
    Episode 80: Ride Ranchero
    Telecast 12/10/1955
  18. 'Neath the Blue Montana Sky (1:35)
    (Gene Autry/Johnny Marvin/Fred Rose)
    Episode 81: The Rangerette
    Telecast 12/17/1955
  19. Old MacDonald Had a Farm (1:48)
    (Traditional)
    Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
    Episode 81: The Rangerette
    Telecast 12/17/1955
  20. Sing Me a Song of the Saddle (1:34)
    (Gene Autry/Frank Harford)
    Episode 82: The Stage to San Dimas
    Telecast 10/08/1955
  21. Mellow Mountain Moon (1:14)
    (Fred Howard/Nat Vincent)
    Gene Autry with Barbara Knudson
    Episode 82: The Stage to San Dimas
    Telecast 10/08/1955
  22. Marcheta (1:31)
    (Victor Schertzinger)
    Episode 83: Guns Below the Border
    Telecast 11/05/1955
  23. Under Fiesta Stars (1:57)
    (Gene Autry/Fred Rose)
    Episode 83: Guns Below the Border
    Telecast 11/05/1955
  24. Onteora (2:50)
    (Doris Anderson/Theodore Snyder)
    Cass County Boys
    Episode 84: The Portrait of White Cloud
    Telecast 10/15/1955
  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 10/15/1955
  26. Back in the Saddle Again (1:10)
    (Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
    Episode 85: Go West, Young Lady
    Telecast 11/19/1955
  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 11/19/1955
  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 11/19/1955
  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 10/22/1955
  30. I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine (1:31)
    (Oakley Haldeman/Gene Autry/Dale Evans)
    Episode 86: Law Comes to Scorpion
    Telecast 10/22/1955
  31. The Yellow Rose of Texas (1:30)
    (Traditional/Arranged by Gene Autry)
    Episode 87: The Million Dollar Fiddle
    Telecast 10/01/1955
  32. Sierra Nevada (2:11)
    (Joel Herron)
    Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
    Episode 88: Dynamite
    Telecast 12/24/1955
  33. Trail to Mexico (1:05)
    (Traditional)
    Cass County Boys
    Episode 88: Dynamite
    Telecast 12/24/1955
  34. Crime Will Never Pay (1:35)
    (Jenny Pankratz/Jack Pepper)
    Episode 89: Feuding Friends
    Telecast 11/26/1955
  35. There's Nothing Like a Good Old-Fashioned Hoedown (1:03)
    (Gene Autry)
    Episode 90: The Golden Chariot
    Telecast 10/29/1955
  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 11/12/1955
  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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