Watch Gene Autry Sing Signature ‘Back In The Saddle Again’ On ‘Sullivan’

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A clip of the “Singing Cowboy” himself, Gene Autry, singing his signature “Back In The Saddle Again” is available for viewing on the official YouTube page of The Ed Sullivan Show. The short performance is from a relatively old edition of the world famous television variety series, on the edition first aired on September 20, 1953, when it was still known as city ​​toast.

Autry, born in 1907, rose to fame as a recording artist in the 1930s on the Melotone and Vocalion labels with records such as ‘Ole Faithful’, ‘That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine’ and ‘South of the Border (Down Mexico Way).” His success on record continued in the 1940s on Okeh and then Columbia.

He was also a popular star on the big screen from the 1930s, mainly in low-budget westerns and always with his horse Champion. To measure his fame, Autry and Champion had their own radio and television series.

Autry co-wrote “Back In The Saddle Again” with singer and actor Ray Whitley, the pair revised it after Whitley sang his original in RKO’s 1938 film G-Man border. Autry’s recording was released by Vocalion in 1939, and it became the theme song for her television series. Melody Ranch by Gene Autry. Another version by bandleader and saxophonist Art Kassel, with vocals by Harvey Crawford, was popular in America in 1940.

When Autry performed it on Sullivan in this 1953 edition, atop the current Champion, it was instantly recognized and welcomed by the public as its theme music. The performance is also notable for Champion’s impressive moves and his ability to leave the stage backwards.

The song also became the title of Autry’s 1976 autobiography and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1997. The artist had retired from show business in 1964 and was subsequently inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall. of glory. He died in 1998, at the age of 91.

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