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Awards: 14 years straight voted best instrumentalist by Cashbox. Called by many the greatest guitar player in the U. S. Address: 800 17th Avenue, South, Nashville, Tennessee. Autry, Gene (Orvon Gene Autry); b. 9/29/07, Tioga, Texas; w. Ina Mae Spivey. Graduated from Tioga High School, 1925. Called "America's Favorite Cowboy," and "Okla­homa Yodelling Cowboy." Previous work: Telegraph operator. Entertainment experience: Fields Brothers Marvelous Medicine Show; KVOO, Tulsa, Okla., 1929-30; WLS National Barn Dance, 1930-34; and Melody Ranch, CBS Radio and TV, 1940-56. First cowboy to make records, beginning on Columbia Records in 1930. Songs recorded: Silver Haired Daddy of Mine; Mexicali Rose; Back in the Saddle Again; Tumbling Tumble-weeds; You Are My Sunshine; Be Honest With Me; Goodbye Little Darling; Have I Told You Lately That I Love You; Angels in the Sky; Barney the Bashful Bullfrog; Bimbo; I'm Innocent; Little Peter Pumkin Eater; Roly Poly; 20/20 Vision; Two Cheaters in Love; You've Got to Take the Bitter with the Sweet; You're the Only Good Thing; You're an Angel; Voice in the Choir; Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer; and At Mail Call Today. Silver Haired Daddy of Mine and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer both sold over 5 million copies. Al­bums: Gene Autry; and Gene Autry's Western Classics, I and II. Writer of: You're the Only Star in My Blue Heaven; Dust; Tears On My Pillow; Be Honest With Me; Tweedle O'Twill; Here Comes Santa Claus; and, co-writer of Silver Haired Daddy of Mine. Movies: 95 Vz hour TV films; and 100 motion pictures, including: Old Santa Fe, Mascott, 1934; Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Republic, 1935; Phantom Empire—Serial; Shooting High, 20th Century Fox, 1940; Sioux City Sue, Republic; Trail To San Antone; Robin Hood of Texas; Last Round­up; and Strawberry Roan, 1947. Business Enterprises: Melody Ranch, Newhall, Calif.; Flying A Pictures, Inc.; Challenge Records; KOOL-TV, Phoenix, Ariz.; KOLD-TV, Tucson, Ariz.; KMPC, Hollywood, Calif.; and KSFO, San Francisco, Calif. Honors: First picture star to have town named after him—Gene Autry, Okla.; 4th in pop-