Saturday, October 2, 2010

Oct. 2: "The Singing Cowboy," Gene Autry died on this date in 1998.

He was 91 when he died from lymphoma.

Essential Gene AutryPublic Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene AutryGreatest Hits [Collectables]

For three decades beginning in the 1930s, Autry gained fame as The Singing Cowboy first on the radio, then in the movies and on television. Although his signature song was "Back in the Saddle Again", he is best known today for his Christmas holiday songs, his self penned "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Frosty the Snowman," and his biggest hit, "
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
Autry is a member of both the Country Music and Nashville Songwriters halls of fame, and is the only celebrity to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Autry was also owner of the Los Angeles/California Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997, as well as a television station and several radio stations in southern California.

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