Gene Autry: “The Singing Cowboy” in Kingsport

Autry at Piano
Autry at a Piano, 1939.

Gene Autry, the “Singing Cowboy”, had a career that spanned decades in the entertainment industry. The man, famous for film, radio, television, live theater and rodeo performance, made a stop in Kingsport in 1939.

Autry appeared at the Strand Theater on July 17. Appearing with Autry was the comedian Frankie Martin and the Golden West Cowboys from WSM’s Grand Ole Opry.

Autry posing with Kingsport fans, 1939.

Gene Autry’s career rose steadily and when he retired he had starred in around 100 films and had recorded over 600 records. Autry is the only entertainer to have all five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one each for Radio, Recording, Motion Pictures, Television, and Live Theatre/

Gene Autry died in 1998 at the age of 91. In 2010 a Gene Autry stamp will be issued by the United States Post Office as part of a series commemorating Cowboys of the Silver Screen.


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