Gene Autry was a better singer than actor & a better businessman than singer. in the annals of film he lacks the stature of John Wayne. Autry's oaters were strickly kiddie matinee material. but over the decades his fan base has includ'd Sonny Rollins & Harvey Pekar. & he has a special spot in my personal history.
Gene Autry was the first movie star I ever saw in person. I was abt 5 when Uncle Tom took his daughter Regina & me to Cleveland to see him perform. I don't remember a thing abt it. many years later I'd see Autry at the American Cinema Awards dinners in Beverly Hills.
so today I tip my Alta Calidad hat to the memory of Gene Autry on his 100th birthday.