PHOTOGRAPHY

Gene Autry

The Cowboy Crooner on Camera

©1982 Tom Zimberoff

The man about to shoot a hole in his hat is Orvon Grover Autry — Gene Autry, the first certifiably famous “singing cowboy.” His voice carried across the nation from Melody Ranch, his radio show — on the air from 1940 to 1956. And he sat tall in the saddle on the silver screen throughout my childhood. Autry was born in — whoopi-ty-oh-ky-yay — Tioga…

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