Gene Autry

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  • Birth Name: Orvon Grover Autry
  • Birth Place: Tioga, Texas, United States
  • Died: October 2, 1998
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Was discovered by Will Rogers.
  • Recorded "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" in 1931; it became the first-ever certified gold record by any artist.
  • Made over 640 recordings, 300 of which were written or cowritten by him.
  • Enlisted in the Air Force in 1942; was sworn in on his radio show at the behest of the Pentagon; served as a Flight Officer in WWII.
  • Among his platinum recordings are "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "Peter Cottontail."
  • His "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is the second best-selling Christmas song ever.
  • Created "The Cowboy Code" because so many young people listened to his radio show. The Boys Scouts of America used much of it in penning its own code of conduct.
  • The only person to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in all five categories of entertainment: television, movies, radio, music and live performance.
  • Was the first performer to sell out Madison Square Garden.
  • Owned the KTLA television station in Los Angeles as well as many radio stations across the country. 
  • Owned the California Angels Major League Baseball team and held the title of vice president of the American League from 1983 until his death.
  • The town of Gene Autry, OK, was named in his honor.

Awards

  • 1941, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee

Relationships

  • Elnora Ozmont Autry — Mother
  • Ina May Spivey — Wife (deceased)
  • Jacqueline Ellam — Wife
  • Delbert Autry — Father

Details

  • Birth Name: Orvon Grover Autry
  • Birth Place: Tioga, Texas, United States
  • Died: October 2, 1998
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor

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