VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Gene Autry – ‘(Ghost) Riders In The Sky’
November 26, 2018
A towering figure in the development of country music, singer and actor Gene Autry was one of the first figures to popularise the image of the singing cowboy.
His movies helped break the genre through to a wider audience and this clip shows how and why.
Taken from the 1949 movie ‘Riders In The Sky’, Autry’s version of the cautionary tale of the souls of damned cowboys chasing “the Devil’s herd across these endless skies” is arguably the most famous.
Tackled by countless artists, it’s also been famously covered by Frankie Laine, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.