Top News

Gene Autry becomes cinema's first singing cowboy

15 November 1934: Number 7 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of world and folk music

He might first have made his living as a telegraph operator for the St Louis-San Francisco Railway, but Gene Autry ended his life as a multimillionaire after becoming the first of Hollywood's famous "singing cowboys". In 1934, he made his silver-screen debut in a B-western called In Old Santa Fe, the first of his 93 films. He also became famous for radio, television and live theatre and rodeo performances. His radio career spanned 16 years between 1940 and 1956, heard every Sunday evening across the Us on CBS. As if that wasn't enough, his Gene Autry show aired for 91 episodes on television.

In the course of his career he released 635 recordings. His first hit was That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine, winning the first ever gold record, but his trademark tunes were Back in the Saddle Again,

See full article on The Guardian - Film News