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December 2004

H.E.A.R. Honors Gene Autry " The Singing Cowboy"

America's Favorite Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry was already a popular radio star and movie icon when he recorded Here Comes Santa Claus in 1947, a song which he co-wrote with Oakley Haldeman. The record launched Gene into yet another field of stardom, that of the role of the Christmas Cowboy. Gene Autry's affiliation with Old Saint Nick would lead him to record numerous Christmas songs including the chart topping holiday hit, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Gene also participated in the Hollywood Christmas Parade in 1945, 1946, 1947, and was the Grand Marshal of the parade in 1980. Gene and his wife Jackie Autry rode in the parade in the early 1980s.

Half a century later, Gene is probably best known for his Christmas recordings of  Here Comes Santa Claus and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. GENE AUTRY CHRISTMAS SONGS

 





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