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Gene Autry

What do you know about Gene Autry?
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Gene Autry1) Gene Autry was born on September 29, 1907 in Tioga, Texas.
What was his birth name?

  1. Delbert Grover Autry

  2. Wilbert Grover Autry

  3. Grover Allen Autry

  4. Orvon Grover Autry

2) After leaving high school in 1925, Autry worked as a railroad telegrapher.
What railroad did he work for?

  1. Columbus and Greenville Railway

  2. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

  3. Piedmont and Northern Railway

  4. St. Louis–San Francisco Railway

3) In 1928 Autry was singing on a Tulsa’s radio station as "Oklahoma's Yodeling Cowboy.
What was the radio station?

  1. KOOL

  2. KVOO

  3. KZZP

  4. KTAR

4) Autry signed a recording deal in 1929.
What was the record company?

  1. Columbia Records

  2. Decca Records

  3. RCA Records

  4. Diamond Records

5) He worked in Chicago, Illinois, on the WLS-AM radio show National Barn Dance for four years, and with his own show, where he met singer-songwriter Smiley Burnette.

  • True or False?

6) His first hit was in 1932 with a duet with fellow railroad man, Jimmy Long, and which Autry and Long co-wrote.
What is the hit?

  1. "You Are My Sunshine"

  2. "Lonely River"

  3. "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes"

  4. "That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine"

7) Discovered by film producer Nat Levine in 1934, Autry and Smiley Burnette made their film debut for Mascot Pictures Corp. in In Old Santa Fe as part of a singing cowboy quartet.
Who was the movie‘s lead actor?

  1. Ken Maynard

  2. Rex Allen

  3. John Wayne

  4. Roy Rogers

8) He was then given the starring role by Levine in 1935 in the 12-part serial.
What was the movie?

  1. The Desert Trail

  2. The Phantom Empire

  3. Home on the Range

  4. The Old Homestead

9) Autry served as a pilot in the United States Army Air Forces, with the rank of flight officer in the Air Transport Command during World War II flying dangerous missions over the Himalayas, nicknamed the Hump, between Burma and China.
What aircraft did he fly?

  1. P-38 Lighting

  2. C-47 Skytrain

  3. B-52 Bomber

  4. C-32 Skybox

10) Autry purchased the 110 acre Monogram Movie Ranch in 1953, located in Placerita Canyon near Newhall, California in the northern San Gabriel Mountains foothills.
What did he rename the movie ranch?

  1. Spahn Movie Ranch

  2. Melody Ranch

  3. Corriganville Movie Ranch

  4. Ahmanson 'Lasky Mesa' Ranch

11) From 1940 to 1956 Autry had a huge hit with a weekly show on NBC Radio, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch.

  • True or False?

12) Robert L. May created Rudolph in 1939 as an assignment for Montgomery Ward.
When did Autry have the #1 hit "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer"?

  1. 1942

  2. 1945

  3. 1949

  4. 1956

13) Autry retired from show business, having made almost 100 films up to 1955 and over 600 records.
When did Autry retire from show business?

  1. 1954

  2. 1958

  3. 1964

  4. 1968

14) In 1960, when Major League Baseball announced plans to add an expansion team in Los Angeles, Autry, who had once declined an opportunity to play in the minor leagues, expressed an interest in acquiring the radio broadcast rights to the team's games. Baseball executives were so impressed by his approach that he was persuaded to become the owner of the franchise rather than simply its broadcast partner.
What was the teams original name?

  1. Los Angeles Angels

  2. California Angels

  3. Anaheim Angels

  4. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

15) When was Autry inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma?

  1. 1942

  2. 1952

  3. 1962

  4. 1972

16) Gene Autry died of lymphoma 3 days after his 91st birthday at his home in on October 2, 1998.
Where was his home?

  1. Chatsworth, California

  2. Malibu, California

  3. Studio City, California

  4. Newhall, California

17) Where was Gene Autry buried?

  1. Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California.

  2. Forest Lawn - Covina Hills Covina, California

  3. Forest Lawn - Cypress, Cypress, California

  4. Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, California

Gene Autry
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1) D. 2) D. 3) B. 4) A. 5) True 6) D. 7) A. 8) B. 9) B. 10) B. 11) False. CBS Radio 12) C. 13) C. 14) A. 15) D. 16) C. 17) A. Plot: Sheltering Hills section, Grave 1048, just in front of one of the statues

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