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Gene Autry A Melody Ranch Christmas
Vinyl LP

Released: 11/03/2017
Label: Varèse Sarabande Records

Gene Autry A Melody Ranch Christmas is a special album with a vintage radio show approach. It includes iconic and rare Christmas songs performed live on Gene Autry's popular Melody Ranch radio show by Gene, The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, The Gene Autry Blue Jeans, and Carl Cotner's Orchestra. Youll also hear Gene introduce songs, Pat Buttram perform classic comedy, and Johnny Bond thoughtfully reflect on the season.

This collection of Christmas music and spoken word from Gene Autry's radio show broadcast not only provides rare performances of seasonal favorites but also give the listener a glimpse of the holidays from the last century.

Track Listing

Side One

1. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) & Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer Medley (3:07)
(Gene Autry / Oakley Haldeman) (Johnny Marks)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/24/1949
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
2. White Christmas (2:26)
(Irving Berlin)
From The Sergeant Gene Autry Radio Show
Broadcast 11/08/1942
Sgt. Gene Autry and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
3. Christmas Carols by the Old Corral (2:05)
(John Lange / Archie Gottler)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/23/1945
Gene Autry and Paul Sell's Orchestra
4. Jingle Bells (1:45)
(Carl Cotner Arrangement)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/22/1946
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
5. Cowboy Santa Claus (2:48)
(Tim Spencer / Roy Rogers)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/22/1946
The Cass County Boys and The Pinafores
6. Joy to the World (1:15)
(Carl Cotner Arrangement)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/22/1946
The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
7. O Little Town of Bethlehem (3:10)
(Carl Cotner Arrangement)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/22/1946
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
8. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (2:39)
(Carl Cotner Arrangement)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/22/1946
Gene Autry with Carl Cotner's Orchestra
9. Winter Wonderland (1:32)
(Felix Bernard / Richard B. Smith)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/12/1948
The Pinafores and Carl Cotner's Orchestra

Side Two

1. Christmas Medley: Jingle Bells, Happy Holiday, I'll Be Home for Christmas (2:46)
(Carl Cotner Arrangement) (Irving Berlin) (Kim Gannon / Buck Ram / Walter Kent)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/19/1948
The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
2. He's a Chubby Little Fellow (1:49)
(Gene Autry / Oakley Haldeman)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 10/15/1949
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores and Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra
3. Frosty the Snow Man (2:19)
(Steve Nelson / Jack Rollins)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 10/07/1950
Gene Autry with Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra
4. Thirty-Two Feet, Eight Little Tails (2:06)
(James Cavanaugh / Frank Weldon)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 11/10/1951
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores and Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra
5. Did You Ever Hafta Sleep at the Foot of the Bed? (2:42)
(Pat Buttram / Carl Cotner Arrangement)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/22/1951
Pat Buttram with Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra
6. He'll Be Comin' Down the Chimney (1:40)
(Al J. Neiburg / J. Fred Coots)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 11/15/1952
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, Girls' Trio and Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra
7. Where Is My Snow-Man? (2:16)
(Hermann Krasnow / Alfred Poser / Geoffrey Venis)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/06/1953
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The Gene Autry Blue Jeans and Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Hard-Way-Six
8. All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth (1:18)
(Donald Yetter Gardner)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch
Broadcast 12/06/1953
Pat Buttram with The Cass County Boys and Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra
9. I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus (1:43)
(Gene Autry / Michael Carr)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/13/1953
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The Gene Autry Blue Jeans and Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra
10. Sleigh Bells (1:10)
(Gene Autry / Michael Carr)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/05/1954
Gene Autry with The Gene Autry Blue Jeans and Carl Cotner's Melody Ranch Orchestra
11. Silent Night (2:52)
(Franz Gruber / Josef Mohr / Carl Cotner Arrangement)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/24/1949
Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The Pinafores and Carl Cotner's Orchestra

Notes & Background Information

Compilation Produced and Compiled by: Cary E. Mansfield and Karla Buhlman

Executive Producer: Jackie Autry

Digitally Remastered by: Bob Fisher, Pacific Multimedia Corp.

Notes by: Karla Buhlman, President Gene Autry Entertainment

Researchers: Tessa Blanchard, Jocelyn Buhlman, Karla Buhlman, Bob Fisher, Maxine Hansen, Irynne Isip, and Kim Mansfield

Cover Design and Layout by: Bruce Rigney, Josh Nelson, James Callaghan, Rigney Graphics

Art Director for Varèse Sarabande Records: Bill Pitzonka

Image Restoration: Jill and Howard Levine, CDS Photo & Graphics

All photographs and Christmas card illustrations © 2017 Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation

Manufactured by:
Varèse Sarabande Records, LLC.
9100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 455 East
Beverly Hills CA 90212

All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. Printed in the U.S.A.

This compilation (P) 2017 Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation, released through the courtesy of Gene Autry Entertainment, Inc. © 2017 Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc.

Printed in the U.S.A.

Distributed by Universal Music Distribution, 2220 Colorado Avenue., Santa Monica, CA 90404

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