A clip of the “Singing Cowboy” himself, Gene Autry, singing his signature “Back In The Saddle Again” is available to view on the official YouTube page of The Ed Sullivan Show. The short performance comes from a relatively early edition of the world-famous television variety series, on the edition first aired on September 20, 1953, when it was still known as Toast of the Town.
Autry, born in 1907, rose to fame as a recording artist in the 1930s on the Melotone and Vocalion labels with such discs as “Ole Faithful,” “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine,” and “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way).” His success on disc continued in the 1940s on Okeh and then Columbia.
He was also a much-loved star of the silver screen from the 1930s onwards, chiefly in low-budget Westerns and always with his horse Champion. As a measure of his fame, both Autry and Champion had their own radio and TV series.
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