Gene tried to play the saxophone when he was a youngster. He finally gave up and turned successfully to the guitar.
Gene Autry's talent and influence extended beyond music and movies. That is why you will find Gene mentioned in books from guitars to baseball. This is the place where we share items that we think are special, significant, and swell.
The rich and colorful story of America's most popular music and the singers and songwriters who captivated, entertained, and consoled listeners throughout the twentieth century – based on the upcoming eight-part film series to air on PBS in September 2019.
Since its first publication in 1968, Bill C. Malone's Country Music USA has won universal acclaim as the definitive history of American country music. Starting with the music's folk roots in the rural South, it traces country music from the early days of radio into the twenty-first century.
In over 450 pages, Western historian Boyd Magers covers the 50 year evolution of the Western on TV from 1949 to 2001. One hundred and ninety-six television Western series are presented chronologically and researched thoroughly.
For the first time ever, Hal Leonard presents a collection of 25 Gene Autry Christmas classics. Holiday favorites like "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)," "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "Frosty the Snow Man" along with rare out of print and hard to find treasures "Santa's Coming in a Whirlybird," "Nine Little Reindeer" and "The Night Before Christmas, In Texas That Is" are now available in one complete songbook.
In this fascinating account of an ever-evolving American icon, Holly George-Warren invites readers to saddle up with a host of these trailblazers who helped settle the West and define the cowgirl spirit.
Gene Autry's horse was Champion. Roy Roger's horse was Trigger. Some folks confuse the two movie horses but there is no confusion that both are loved by B Western movie fans. Gene Autry Entertainment recommends this book to learn more about Trigger, regarded by many as the most famous movie horse of all time.
Now for the first time ever, Gene Autry's entire western film career is documented in one book. Gene Autry Westerns presents detailed information for Gene's entire Mascot, Republic and Columbia motion picture Westerns as well as his half hour television episodes.
Author Holly George-Warren offers the first serious biography of Gene Autry, one of the true early giants of American popular culture, in a fascinating narrative that traces Autry's climb from small-town farm boy to multimillionaire.
This long-awaited reference book represents a first of its kind: an almost complete listing and price guide to vintage children's records. Though the content is mainly dedicated to 78rpm records, a few early 45rpms are included. The book attempts to cover all 78rpm kiddie records made in the United States.
Pat Buttram is known by today's youth as the yodel-y voice in the Disney animated films The Rescuers, Robin Hood, The Fox and the Hound, The Aristocats and A Goofy Movie. To their parents, he's Mr. Haney, the hilarious con man from Green Acres; and to their grandparents, he's Gene Autry's humorous sidekick. Pat was one of Hollywood's truest success stories.
At rodeos in the 1940s, Gene Autry sang and jumped his horse, Champion, through a flaming hoop. In the 1960s rodeo arenas, Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker acted out a skit from their hit television show Bonanza. In the same era familiar rodeo personalities like Hoot Gibson and Slim Pickens could be seen in movies or television shows.
This work features interviews with 51 leading ladies who starred in B Westerns, A Westerns, and television Westerns. They all talk candidly about their careers and many difficulties they faced. Conditions were often severe, locations were often harsh, and pay was often minimal.
The measure of how "good" the hero is in a Western film is usually based on how "bad" the villain is. Over the many decades of Western adventures there have been some wonderfully despicable bad guys and you can read all about them in the new book Best of the Badmen (Polecats, Varmints, and Desperadoes of Western Films).
When the good folks at Hal Leonard created the wonderful Cowboy Songs 62 Classic Saddle Songs they said to themselves, "How can we make these tunes even more accessible to our saddle pals?" Well, they arranged each songs with complete lyrics, chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams and then printed them in a book small enough for any saddle bag or generous coat pocket.
Blazing a new trail through the Old West, The All-American Cowboy Grill cookbook partners savory recipes from famous cowboys and cowgirls of the movies, television, rodeo, and music with mouth-watering recipes from some of the top working ranches of the western United States—all suitable for the home and patio grill.
When the good folks at Hal Leonard needed assistance for their Cowboy Songs collection, Gene Autry Entertainment was happy to help. Gene's movie and radio performances, along with sheet music from his extensive collection, provided just the research they needed to create this thoroughly enjoyable songbook.
Authors Boyd Magers and Michael G. Fitzgerald have compiled a diverse collection of interviews from leading ladies of Westerns, along with several actresses who may not be quite as well known. Some toiled in B Westerns, others worked exclusively at the A level, and a few were relegated to television. Forewords by Anne Gwynne, Lois Hall, Gale Store and Virginia Vale.
He was the King of the Cowboys. She was the Queen of the West. They were the heroes of boys and girls everywhere who thrilled to their exploits in the movies and on TV. They were heroes to Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, too. But they were also Mom and Dad. She practically grew up on the Republic Studios lot, remembers Sons of the Pioneers rehearsals, and recalls her family being the subject of many a movie magazine story.
Here's the only complete tour guide ever assembled leading you directly to all the Western movie and TV filming locations and sites of interest in the entire United States! The book was extensively researched over a three-year period by noted Western authority and publisher of Western Clippings magazine Boyd Magers.
Who better to write a book about singing cowboys than a singing cowboy? Douglas B. Green is a music historian who is more prominently known as performer Ranger Doug (Idol of American Youth), founder of Western singing group Riders in the Sky. Gene Autry fans also know that he wrote the liner notes for the Grammy-nominated box set Sing, Cowboy, Sing!: The Gene Autry Collection.
Filled with celebrity profiles of motion picture stars who served in the U.S. Army and air services from World War I through the Vietnam War, this book includes a section on Gene Autry. Encyclopedic in scope, these portraits draw on interviews with the stars and their families, and on official reports and documents to assure authenticity. A Gene Autry Entertainment favorite.
James Arness An Autobiography is the long anticipated, never-before-told account of one of the icons of twentieth-century television. There are many personal revelations of interacting with some of the Gunsmoke family ensemble, such as Miss Kitty, Doc and Festus. His own work as a producer is covered. Throughout are rare, previously unpublished photographs from the author’s personal collection.
Published in conjunction with the Autry Museum of Western Heritage's 2001 traveling exhibition How the West Was Worn. From fringed chaps and embroidered jeans to silver-studded and rhinestone suits, Western wear is a unique American look that continues to captivate the world.
A collection of sheet music for 47 songs with detailed notes by Alex Gordon and Ruth Gordon on selected movies and recordings. Includes vintage illustrations and photographs. You'll find the sheet music for Gene's classic Back in the Saddle Again and his Academy Award® nominated Be Honest With Me. As an added bonus, several of Gene's holiday songs, such as Here Comes Santa Claus, are also included.
Did you know Gene was paid $500 for his role in In Old Santa Fe? Did you know that Gene first appeared at Madison Square Garden in 1939? Did you know Ringo Starr as a boy was a fan of Gene's? You'll find these details and more in this fan-friendly collection of facts, photos, and fabulous Gene Autry information.
Spanning careers as a ranch hand in Oklahoma, Tin Pan Alley singer, Hollywood star, and corporate businessman, the life of Gene Autry is the embodiment of the great American dream. Through a combination of luck, timing, talent, and business savvy, Autry raised himself from dirt-poor beginnings to become a legend in the entertainment industry.