You’ve got to hand it to the folks at Gene Autry Entertainment:
they never miss a trick. Autry was a savvy businessman who owned much of his vast
output including movies, television shows, and decades of radio broadcasts. Having
released albums, published song folios, CDs, and DVDs, and having made long-term
deals with the Encore Westerns channel, the Autry office has now brought Gene
into the 21st century with his own YouTube channel.
I’m especially fond of Gene’s Melody Ranch radio series, which ran for many years on CBS, and
this is one source of the wonderful music you can hear online. These are live
performances for a studio audience and have a different “feel” from Gene’s
commercial records; he also sang many tunes on the show that he never got
around to recording.
But as Autry Entertainment’s chief honcho Karla Buehlman
explains in her latest e-mail blast, they need the help of fans to give this
channel a proper launch.
“We think this is a great YouTube
channel, but one thing is missing! We need to get the official ‘Verified
Checkmark’ next to Gene Autry’s name so that the world knows this is the one
and only official channel for America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry.
YouTube has requirements for verification and we’ve fulfilled all of them but
one: We need more subscribers to the Gene Autry YouTube Channel and Gene
Autry’s Google+ page. You can help by following these two steps:
Subscribe to the Gene Autry Official YouTube Channel:
This link takes you to Gene’s YouTube page. In the upper right corner is a red
subscribe box. Click on it to subscribe.
Follow our Gene Autry Official Google+ Page:
https://plus.google.com/114677570148020005854/posts This link takes you to Gene’s Google+ page.
At the top left is a white "Follow" box. Click on it to subscribe.
“What does it mean to subscribe to these
two pages? You’ll get notifications when something new is added to either page
and you won’t miss the latest and greatest from Gene Autry! We’d like to have
the Verification Checkmark as soon as possible! To encourage you to sign up, we
are having a contest. All folks who subscribe to the Gene Autry Official
YouTube Channel and follow our Gene Autry Official Google+ Page will be entered
into a drawing to win one of three special Gene Autry Prizes:
Gene Autry Movie Scarf –
Fringe Neck Scarf
CD – Gene Autry: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings
CD – 25 Cowboy Classics:
The Western Collection
DVD Set – Gene Autry Collection 4:
The Old Barn Dance,
Blue Montana Skies, Sierra Sue & Cowboy Serenade
DVD Set – The Gene Autry Show Season Two
The Gene Autry Christmas Book
Retail value: $111
Gene Autry Movie Scarf –
CD – The Original: Gene Autry Sings Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer & Other Christmas Favorites
CD – South of the Border: Gene Autry Sings Songs of Old
DVD Set – Gene Autry Collection 6: The Strawberry Roan, Rim of the Canyon, Barbed Wire & Winning of
DVD Set – The Gene Autry Show Season Three & Four
Here Comes Santa Claus Illustrated Story Book
Retail value: $110
Gene Autry Movie Scarf – Large Square Wrap
CD – Here Comes Santa Claus
CD – Cowboy Hymns & Songs of Inspiration
DVD Set – Gene Autry Collection 7: Tumbling Tumbleweeds, The Old Corral, Prairie Moon & Carolina Moon
DVD Set – The Gene Autry Show Season Five
Public Cowboy No. 1: The
Life and Times of Gene Autry
Retail value: $111
No purchase necessary. One entry per email address. For full
contest rules read more HERE. The contest closes on Friday, June 19th, so be
sure to sign up by then! We will select our three prize winners on Monday, June
22nd. Already signed up? Then you are already in the drawing for the prizes.
Thank you for your continued friendship with Gene Autry and for helping him get
the recognition he deserves in the 21st Century!”
“Here is the latest on the DVDs. By the end of the year, all of Gene Autry’s
feature films will be on DVD. We are very excited about this!
Gene Autry Collection 11 will be released August 25th with
the films The Singing Cowboy (1936), Guns and Guitars (1936), Round Up Time in Texas (1937) and Springtime in the Rockies (1937). Gene
Autry Collection 12 will be released November 17th with the films Sagebrush Troubadour (1935), Ride, Ranger, Ride (1936), Yodelin’ Kid from Pine Ridge (1937), and
Goldmine in the Sky (1938). More
details will be posted on www.geneautry.com.”