The 1934 WLS Family Album:

Gene Autry

Curator's note: Gene Autry (1907-1998) became one of the wealthiest entertainers of all time. Born in Texas, discovered by Will Rogers in Oklahoma, he advanced from radio to films (he appeared in more than ninety singing oaters) to radio and television station ownership, not to mention his part ownership (beginning in 1960) in the baseball team originally known as the Los Angeles Angels. My favorite Autry recording is "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" (his first million-seller); my least favorite is "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (which has sold at least twenty-five million copies).

Gene Autry is known as the Oklahoma Yodeling Cowboy. Recently in Oklahoma a groupof young men of the town arranged to have him attempt to ride an outlaw horse, evidently thinking he couldn't do it. He was able to prove his cowboy training, and successfully rode the horse. He is perhaps best known as the author of "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine", which has been sold around the world on phonograph records.

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