Autry's long-cherished dream came true with the opening in November of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, since acclaimed as one of the finest museums on the West.
Autry intended to give something back to the community that had been so good to him. In January the museum merged with the Southwest Museum. As part of this affiliation, an umbrella company was created. In the museum became one entity, the Autry Museum of the American West. WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online.
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Autry found himself being pressured to sign an exclusive contract with Victor, but chose instead to sign with the American Record Corporation. Their general manager, Arthur Sattherly who would later record Leadbelly , among many other acts , persuaded Autry that while Victor was a large company and could offer more money and a better marketing apparatus, he would be lost at Victor amid its existing stable of stars, whereas ARC would treat him as their most important star.
Additionally, Sattherly -- through a series of arrangements involving major retail and chain stores across the country -- now had the means to get Autry 's records into peoples' hands as easily as Victor.
His first recordings had just been released when his mother, who'd been ill for months, died at the age of 45, apparently of cancer. Autry 's father began drifting away soon afterward, and he became the head of the family and the main supporter of himself, two sisters, and a younger brother.
The music was a mix of hillbilly, blues, country, yodel songs, and cowboy ballads. His breakthrough record, "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine," co-written by Autry and his friend Jimmy Long one night at the railroad depot, was released in The song sold 30, copies within a month, and by the end of a year , had been sold, an occasion that American Records decided to mark with the public presentation of a gold-plated copy of the record.
Autry received a second gold record when sales later broke one million. And that was where the notion of the Gold Record Award was born.
It was there that Autry became a major national star -- his record sales rose assisted by his exposure on radio. During the early years of his career, Autry took a number of important collaborators and musicians aboard. Among them were Fred Rose , the songwriter later responsible for "Your Cheatin' Heart" with whom he collaborated on many of his hits, and fiddle player Carl Cotner who also played sax, clarinet, and piano , who became his arranger.
Autry had a knack for knowing a good song when he heard it though he almost passed on the biggest hit of his career , and for knowing when a song needed something extra in its arrangement, but it was Cotner who was able to translate his sensibilities into musical notes and arrangements. Mary Ford , later of Les Paul fame, was in Autry 's band at one time, and in Autry signed up a year-old guitar player named Merle Travis , the future country star and songwriter.
By , he was getting fan letters by the hundreds every week, and his record sales were only going up.Autry produced his own feature films from through and, shrewdly judging the importance of the new medium of television, became the first major star to appear in his own filmed TV series. The Gene Autry Show, produced by Autry’s Flying A Productions, was sponsored on CBS-TV by Wrigley from July 23, , through August 7,