Monday, December 21, 2009

The Christmas Cowboy

Gene Autry was know through radio and film fame as 'The Singing Cowboy'. In the fifties he also became known as 'The Christmas Cowboy' because of his hit song 'Here comes Santa Claus.

As the story is told, Gene was riding his horse, Champion, down Hollywood Boulevard for the annual Christmas parade in 1946 when, hearing the crowds of children gleefully crying, “Here comes Santa Claus!” he was inspired to write this song. The rest is cowboy Christmas history.

Gene also sings my favorite version of 'Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I can't pick my favorite version of 'Frosty the Snowman'. It's a tie between Burl Ives and Gene Autry.

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