Country Rewind: ‘Singing Cowboy’ Gene Autry Performs Western Song Medley in 1942

by Megan Molseed

Gene Autry, also known as “The Singing Cowboy,” has captivated audiences for generations.  Known for his trademark crooning style, Autry’s name has become synonymous with country music films and music. Even after his death, the country music star continues to be one of the most recognizable voices of the genre.

The unique style that Gene Autry brought to the screen added an endearing style exposing country-western music to more audiences than ever before. Finding fame in the early 1930s, Autry has over 90 films in his library.

Now, decades later, the country legend continues to live on by finding his way into the hearts of millions. Even after his death, the star’s effortless style draws in the audience.

A Medley of Gene Autry Memories

While filming the 1942 film “Stardust on the Sage,” Gene Autry would find the chance to highlight his distinctive style and extraordinary talents.

In the classic western film, the Autry performed a medley of some of country-western music’s most recognized classics such as “You Are My Sunshine,” “Home on the Range” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” Watching Autry perform the songs instantly transports listeners to the days of the cowboy classics.

The Singing Cowboy Remains a Household Favorite

Autry has long been a household name, performing a variety of classic songs with his on-of-a-kind crooning style. Autry’s music has also found its way into daily life, even onto many Christmas music playlists.

It’s footage such as the recently uncovered “Stardust On the Sage” clip that continues to highlight the country music legend’s unending talent that proves the icon Autry has become.

Three of Autry’s songs: “Back in the Saddle Again,” “Deep In the Heart of Texas,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer earned the country crooner spots in the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2009, Autry was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.