The Singing Cowboy Gene Autry Sings Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - LP review

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About 2 years ago, I bought a Realistic LAB-340 Turntable at a Goodwill. My research on it indicates Radio Shack sold this in the late 70s. Since then, Goodwills, Yard Sales, Church Rummage Sales, Thrift Shops, None have escaped my pillaging of their LP boxes for some Vintage Vinyl finds. I have quite a collection of Oldies, 80s new wave/punk. classic Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Exotica, etc. so, stay tuned to my hubspace...

On another recent trip to the local Goodwill, This was the one right in the front of the box. So Of course, I bought it. Gene Autry Sings Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer & Other Christmas Favorites KX-11 Grand Prix Records, I think this was a reissue released in the 70s. If I am wrong, please leave a comment below with any information. It will be greatly appreciated...

Anyway... About Mr. Autry, since he was before my time. I only knew him as the owner of the California Angels, as they were known at the time, but he was once known as the Singing Cowboy. starring in several westerns during the 40s-50s, also releasing many albums in that time period... including this one.

Join me as I take a listen...

Side A:

1. Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer - Autry Starts the album of with a very PC intro "Happy Holidays, folks, Wherever you may be!", Flawless song. His version is perhaps the greatest of them all. Dean Martin did a good take on it too.

2. Nine Little Reindeer - The Singing Cowboy reworks the song "Ten little indians" into the tale of Santa rustling up the posse for his yearly flight but missing one important element - Rudolph!. Great for teaching kids to count as it is very catchy! Why isn't this getting more play on those radio stations that start playing Christmas songs on Halloween?

3. Jingle Bells - I've heard better versions but Gene holds his own.

4. Here Comes Santa Claus - Autry's second best known Christmas classic. Good stuff here but I'm more partial to Elvis Presley singing it.

5. Up On The House Top - Amusing song revealing the secrets of Santa's toy-delivery methods. another classic

On to

Side B:

1. Sleigh Bells - Autry's version is another that needs to see more play on the radio.

2. o Little Town Of Bethelem - His intro goes like this "I don't think any Christmas album would be complete without telling you in song the most beautiful, inspiring story ever told - The Story of Christmas" and who am I to argue? Classic

3. Silent Night - Beautiful, feels like you're sitting right around the campfire.

Now, I do not want to start any conspiracies but, the rest of the album:

4. Joy To The World

5. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

6. Away In A Manger

7. What Child Is This.

I really do not think these are Gene Autry singing. Sounds more like a choir of some sort. Checking the album's label and sleeve offers no help. only Gene Autry is credited. This is something else you can comment on if you know who is singing.

UPDATE: On January 1, 2010, it was announced that Mr. Autry will be among four Cowboys Of The Silver Screen" honored this year by getting themselves on a United States Postal Stamp. The others are: Roy Rogers, Tom Mix, And William S. Hart.

A hearty tip of the hat to the Singing Cowboy.

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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

thx all 4 reading.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Pretty cool bat, I used to have a great turntable and got rid of it during one of my moves. I miss it and your writing here makes me miss it more. Don't know what it is exactly, but nothing sounds the same as real vinyl. Also a big old timey western fan, I thought your article about Autry's "Happy Holiday's" pc-ness was pretty funny, lol.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

OK. I have to say it. I owned several of Gene's records. (can you still say "owned" when you're only a toddler?) They were 78's and I played them on a red and white portable turntable. My first favorite was a little number called "Poppie the Puppy" from his Christmas Album. Had to do a search and found it! It takes a while to load but oh my.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFSao_SmjOE

I think I'm gonna cry. I love your hubs big guy.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks for the comments, Green Lotus, that was a great song! don't think I heard that one before.


geo 6 years ago

good ole gene. love the cowpoke


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

geo, who doesn't? thanks for stopping by my hubs, sir... or is it ma'am?


kim 6 years ago

i thought burl ives sung rudolph?


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

He did in the tv special, kim, thanks for stopping by.


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

I have a collection of Gene Autry toys, that records sounds very nice, it is sad to see cowboys dissapearing form society, T.V.s and movies. great hub bat!~~~~~~MFB III


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Yep, I agree, it is sad. Thanks for that cool comment, MFB III.


DANE 6 years ago

do you have radioshack manual for the lab340 still?


Roy Rogers Fan Club 6 years ago

I used to have this record when I was little but my dog Fetch ate it. Precious Memories, how they linger.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Dane - No, I bought this one used and it' didn't come with the manual. Thanks for stopping by just the same!

Roy Rogers Fan Club - You had a dog named Fetch? must have been confusing for the little guy. Tahnks for stopping by!


Barbara 5 years ago

Gene Autry was the singing cowboy of his time, as George Straight is in ours. Many a Philly fell for him then and some are still here today talking about his movies and songs. His movies are still around and playing on T. V. I had the pleasure to visit his grave a few years ago in Los Angeles, California.


wade 5 years ago

My late father used to play this record on Christmas morning on our console stereo to let us kids know it was time to get up and open presents. Great memories!


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bat115 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks for the wonderful comments. Barbara and Wade.


Nate 3 years ago

If anyone would be so kind as to direct me to where I may get this record for my own collection again? We had this when I was little. Ah the memories.


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bat115 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

eBay is your best bet. There are quite a few listed right now.


Trudy 3 years ago

was this a bargain rack record?


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WillStarr 21 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Gene Autry cut the first gold record in history with "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine".

His rendition of Rudolph reached No. 1 in 1949.

Good Hub!

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