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Gene Autry Christmas Songs & Music

Throughout his career, Gene Autry appeared in films, television production and radio programs and was the one-time owner of the California Angels Major League Baseball team. Despite all these achievements, Autry's name will forever be linked with three of the most well-known holiday songs of all time.

Here Comes Santa Claus- 1947

This classic was penned by Autry and Oakley Haldeman during Christmas of 1946. Autry had ridden his horse in a Los Angeles Christmas parade and was inspired by spectators chanting "here comes Santa Claus". The demo of the song used ice-cubes to mimic the sound of sleigh bells. Autry's single was released the following year, before appearing in the 1949 film The Cowboy and the Indians. Here Comes Santa Claus has been covered by artists from Elvis Presley to The Wiggles to Mariah Carey.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer-1949

Following the success of Here Comes Santa Claus, Gene Autry was the perfect person to record Johnny Marks' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Autry's recording first appeared in 1949 and is today, one of the most well known Christmas songs in popular culture.

Frosty the Snowman- 1950

Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson looked no further than Gene Autry to record their new Christmas song Frosty the Snowman. Autry recorded the hit with his band The Cass Country Boys, with the track peaking at number seven on the US Pop Singles charts. Frosty the Snowman remains a holiday classic and has been adapted into television specials and even storybooks.

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