Gene Autry Biography, by Holly George-Warren

By Elsa Dixler
www.nytimes.com

PUBLIC COWBOY NO. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry, by Holly George-Warren. (Oxford University, $17.95.) This first full-length biography is based on deep research in Autry’s archives. It traces the evolution of Autry’s cowboy persona, starting with his career in radio in the 1930s. Autry was a shrewd businessman and the first real star to embrace television; he became a country music prototype, George-Warren says. 

Willie Nelson even named a son for him.

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