December 23, 2015
The Twelfth Day Of Christmas Music – 2015 Edition
Gene Autry – Merry Christmas You All
America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy, and considered one of the most important figures in the history of country music, Gene Autry was already a popular radio star and movie icon when he recorded “Here Comes Santa Claus” in 1947. The song, which he co-wrote with Oakley Haldeman, launched Gene into yet another field of stardom: that of the role of the Christmas Cowboy.
From 1934 to 1953, Gene Autry appeared in 93 films and 91 episodes of The Gene Autry Show television series. He also made a reported 640 recordings for Columbia Records, including more than 300 songs written or co-written by himself. His records sold more than 100 million copies and he has more than a dozen gold and platinum records, including the first record ever certified gold.
Gene Autry’s affiliation with the Christmas season would lead him to record numerous Christmas songs, including perennial holiday hits such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty The Snowman”, “If it Doesn’t Snow on Christmas Day,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “Everyone’s a Child at Christmas.” Over the years he recorded more than 25 Christmas songs alone.
I chose 1952’s “Merry Christmas You All” to round out my 2015 Christmas collection because, well, as you likely know, I moved to Texas this summer.
It just seemed the right thing to do.
May your days be sunny and bright,
May your hearts be happy and light,
Merry Texas Christmas (y’all)!