Music Reviews

By Wayne Engle

That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine – (9 CD Set) (Box Set)

5.0 out of 5 stars – The Singing Cowboy’s early music, April 30, 2007

Gene Autry’s recording career began in 1929, and all his records from then through 1933 can be heard on this splendid boxed-set album from the Bear Family of Germany.

Those not familiar with any aspect of Autry’s career except “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and his western movies will be pleasantly surprised at a lot of the contents of this 225-song, nine-disc set. It spans Autry’s early white country blues recordings, in the style of the immortal Singing Brakeman Jimmie Rodgers; through his early “hillbilly” songs, as they were called in those days; to his well-known songs of the range and the cowboy; through four heart-felt tribute songs to Rodgers after his death of tuberculosis in 1933.

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