Gene Autry poster
Gene Autry's career spanned some 60 years in the entertainment industry, encompassing radio, recordings, motion pictures, television, rodeo and live performances. He also became a broadcast executive and major league baseball owner. Known as "America's Favorite Singing Cowboy", he is the only entertainer to have five stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, one each for radio, records, film, television and live theatrical performance (including rodeo). In his ability to transcend media and in the sheer scope of his output, Gene Autry was unsurpassed as a popular image-maker of the American West
Gene was born in Tioga, Texas in 1907 and bought his first guitar at the age of 12 for $8. By the late 1920s, he was working as a telegrapher for the railroad in Oklahoma. He was strumming on a guitar, when Will Rogers, the cowboy philosopher, came into his office and was impressed by the singing. Will encouraged Gene to continue his singing career and try radio. A short time later, he got a spot on KVOO, Tulsa, as "Oklahoma's Yodeling Cowboy" and the rest is history.
Gene began his radio career in 1928 and made his first recordings a year later. By 1937 he was America's Favorite Cowboy, voted the Number 1 Western Star by the theater exhibitors of America. In 1940 Gene was the fourth biggest box office attraction, behind Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable, and Spencer Tracy.
He appeared in 93 feature films and made 635 recordings, more than 300 of which he wrote or co-wrote. He is remembered for his trademark "Back In The Saddle Again". Gene's recordings have sold more than 60 million copies and brought him more than a dozen gold records. His song, "Be Honest With Me" was nominated for an Academy Award in 1941.
Gene Autry's beloved Christmas and children's records "Here Comes Santa Claus" (1947) and "Peter Cottontail" (1950) went platinum while "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1949) remains the second best selling single of all time, a song which he credits his wife with influencing him to record.
In addition to his movie and recording success, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch was heard weekly on CBS Radio 1940 and 1956. Gene became one of the first major movie stars to move into television. Among his many other awards, he received the Songwriters' Guild Life Achievement Award and the Hubert Humphrey Humanitarian of the Year Award and he was honored by his songwriting peers with a lifetime achievement award from ASCAP.
Gene's love of baseball prompted him to purchase the California Angels in 1961. He sold part of the team to The Walt Disney Company in 1995 with an agreement that the remaining part of his interest be sold to them at the time of his death. Since then, the team was renamed the Anaheim Angels. Long active in Major League Baseball, Autry held the title of Vice President of the American League until his death.
A long cherished dream came true with the opening, in November 1988, of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles. Gene stated: "It has always been my intention to build a museum which would exhibit and interpret the heritage of the West, and show how it has influenced America and the world."
The Autry Museum of Western Heritage is now acclaimed as one of the foremost museums of the American West, with important collections of art, artifacts, and documents, drawing millions of visitors from around the world. Gene Autry's legacy will live on at the museum he founded, and in the hearts of his fans.
1.The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
2.He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
3.He must always tell the truth.
4.He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
5.He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
6.He must help people in distress.
7.He must be a good worker.
8.He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.
9.He must respect women, parents, and his nation's laws.
10.The Cowboy is a patriot.
In 1948, the Wilane Watch Company made it possible for fans to have the face of America's favorite singing cowboy hero, Gene Autry, in full color on a wrist watch, ticking away with the moving hand and pistol simulating the firing of 120 shots a minute.
The Gene Autry "Six Shooter" watch sold for $7.65 in 1948. Today, almost a half century later, the original collectible watch sells for $800 to $900.
The Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum commissioned the Rich Company to re-produce a Limited Edition of 2,500 pieces of this unique watch. The embossed leather strap was duplicated along with a faithful replica of the original gift box
Gene Autry box
The “moving action" movements were used in this outstanding production of the "Six Shooter" Watch. Each case back of each watch is individually numbered and is certain to become a collectors item to cherish for a lifetime. The watch comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum of Los Angeles, California.
Gene Autry “Six-Shooter Limited Edition Watch $95.00
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