The king of the singing cowboys, genial Gene Autry starred in a bazillion silly cowboy movies ("oaters" as they were called, back then) and recorded a bazillion songs, from sentimental favorites to moonlight-on-the-trail western tunes and a few well-placed mega-hits, such as "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Back In The Saddle." This page lists some of the many tributes that have been recorded in his honor -- please feel free to write and offer any suggestions for other records that might fit in here...
Various Artists "BOOTS TOO BIG TO FILL: A TRIBUTE TO GENE AUTRY" (Rainy Day, 2007)
A lot of top talent on this one, including Marty Stuart, Vince Gill, Jim Lauderdale and Pam Tillis, some Nashville old-timers such as Connie Smith and Glen Campbell and western revivalists like the Riders In The Sky and Ian Tyson, as well as members of the Autry family, Alan and Charlotte Autry... A swell set recorded in honor of Autry's birthday centennial.
Don Edwards "My Hero, Gene Autry: A Tribute" (Western Jubilee, 1998)
Riders In The Sky "Public Cowboy #1: A Centennial Salute To The Music Of Gene Autry" (Rounder, 1996/2007)
(Produced by Joey Miskulin)
A fun, free-spirited tribute to genial Gene Autry, the king of the singing cowboys... Ranger Doug and his posse put this album out in 1996 (when Autry was still around, to celebrate his 100th birthday!) and it garnered plenty of well-deserved praise. The second time around was just as sweet, packed with Autry-identified oldies such as "Back In The Saddle Again," and hits-of-the-day that Autry recorded such as "Sioux City Sue," "You Are My Sunshine" and "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You." There's plenty of nice pickin' and sweet yodeling, songs about sunsets and dusty old trails -- and there are four added bonus tracks that weren't on the original '96 edition. Fans of the style will want to check this one out... it's pretty dandy!
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