Gene Autry: His Life and Career

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 225 pages
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Gene Autry was the first of the wildly popular "singing cowboys" of the thirties and forties and the man who carried the flag for "western" in "country and western," popularizing the genre's marriage of seemingly disparate western and hillbilly influences. Beyond his highly successful recording career, his on-screen persona influenced an entire generation of American boys. Autry was also an accomplished investor and businessman, and was the longtime owner of Major League Baseball's Angels franchise.This meticulously researched biography takes the reader from Gene Autry's childhood in Oklahoma through his phenomenally successful career as a singer and actor, and covers his later triumphs in business and sports. Of particular interest is the book's detailed day-to-day treatment of Autry's performing career, with a wealth of information on each recording session and film shoot, including key personnel (e.g., songwriters, engineers, directors, crew) and interesting anecdotes. The work includes information from the author's own interviews with Autry's contemporaries.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1Beginnings
3
2First Recordings
9
3New York
16
4That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
20
5Chicago
26
6The Cowboy
33
7Goodbye Chicago
39
14Back to Republic Pictures
79
15Back in the Saddle Again
84
16Melody Ranch
90
17Gene Autry Oklahoma
98
18Army Air Corps
102
19World War II
109
20Herbert Yates and Republic Revisited
116
21Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer
121

8Hello Hollywood
42
9The Phantom Empire
50
10The Singing Cowboy
55
11Public Cowboy Number One
61
12Gene Autry and Bing Crosby
65
13The WalkOut
71
23Golden West
141
26A Baseball Man
161
28Baseball and Business
175
30Into the Sunset
188
Bibliography
203
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Author Don Cusic is professor of music business at the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee

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