Thursday, December 16, 2004
Gene Autry, America's Favorite Singing Cowboy.
Realize this isn't the coolest of Chirstmas posts, but I think Autry's a genius. I grew up listening to the Gene Autry christmas album. Sitting in front of my parent's old record player.
Autry was first billed a "Oklahoma's Yodeling Cowboy" before making his mark in films. One can argue the value and "truth" of the westerns he made, but he's an icon, as much a part of the the weird old American landscape as Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Howlin' Wolf, Charlie Parker and Sonic Youth. Plus, the songs are fun.
Rootin' and Tootin' on Christmas eve
Gene Autry: Here Comes Santa Claus (mp3)
Gene Autry: Santa, Santa, Santa (mp3)
(Y'allsendit files....click on target...open package from site)