Gene Autry

July 23rd Celebrates Gene Autry

Does anyone remember The Gene Autry Show?

Well on July 23rd 1950, “The Gene Autry Show” premiered on CBS-TV, but who was Gene Autry?

Gene Autry’s career spanned some 70 years in the entertainment industry and he became famous in film, radio, television, and live theater and rodeo performances.

He recorded and wrote hundreds of songs; he was the most successful singing cowboy, completing 93 movies and starring in 91 television productions. Gene Autry was ranked among the most celebrated film stars, and for years was considered to be the most popular Western film actor.

Orvon Grover Autry was born on September 29, 1907 near Tioga in Grayson County in north Texas, and died on October 2, 1998, and is better known as Gene Autry.

Autry was also owner of a television station, several radio stations in Southern California, and the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997.

Today’s YouTube video is Gene Autry Show introducing his beloved horse named Champion. Share by user name Gene Autry Official.

Gene Autry had already established his singing cowboy character on radio and the movies. Now he and his horse Champion were featured in a weekly television series of western adventures.

Gene’s role changed almost weekly from rancher, to ranch hand, to sheriff, to border agent, etc. Gene’s usual comic relief and sidekick, Pat, was played by Pat Butt ram, better known to later television viewers as “Mr. Haney” on “Green Acres”.

The Gene Autry Show had a 26-episode prime-time spin-off called The Adventures of Champion in 1955-1956.

As we ride away into the sunset we remember how on July 23rd 1950 the Gene Autry Show began sixty five years ago.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio

jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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