Gene Autry - 1 Mp3 Downloads Available

Gene Autry - OTR Picture Born in Tioga, Texas on September 29, 1907, Gene Autry grew up on a small ranch and sang in the local church choir. Throughout his youth, he worked on ranches in Texas and Oklahoma -- but frequently lost jobs due to his desire to sing more than to work. Accompanying himself on the guitar, Autry worked a few stage shows and county fairs and finally landed a spot on the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based KVOO, where he sang songs and spun yarns of life on the range. Billed as "Oklahoma's Yodeling Cowboy," the demands of a daily fifteen-minute show got him interested in songwriting; when Autry and train dispatcher Jimmy Long wrote "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine," he found his career beginning to soar. His popular recording of the song led, in 1931, to Sears-Roebuck hiring him for a fifteen-minute program on WLS Chicago for the princely sum of thirty-five dollars a week. Shortly thereafter, he began making appearances on "The National Barn Dance" and "The National Farm and Home Hour," also broadcast by WLS.

Available Episodes

Episode Title Broadcast Date File Size
Melody Ranch Nov 22, 1953 6.76 MB