Gene Autry, Brenda Lee receive Grammy honor
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Gene Autry, Brenda Lee receive Grammy honor

Monday, December 22, 2008 – Gene Autry and Brenda Lee will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award along with Blind Boys Of Alabama, the Four Tops, Hank Jones, Dean Martin, Tom Paxton and Leo Fender.

"This year's recipients are a prestigious group of legendary performers, creative architects and technical visionaries who have made lasting contributions to the music and global communities," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Their outstanding accomplishments, legendary passion and artistry have positively affected our culture and will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."

With more than 300 recordings, 90 films and a groundbreaking radio program, the late Gene Autry sold more than 100 million copies, receiving more than a dozen gold and platinum records. Autry's classics include Back In The Saddle Again, Ghost Riders In The Sky, Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane), Peter Cottontail and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Lee began her music career as a rockabilly singer and soon became one of the biggest pop stars of the late 1950s through the mid-1960s, selling more than 90 million records and charting more hits than any other female artist of her time. In 1996, Lee celebrated her 40th anniversary as a recording artist and a year later she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The special invitation-only ceremony will be held during Grammy week on Saturday, Feb. 7, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 51st Annual Grammys telecast on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.


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Perhaps the most famous of the singing cowboys, Gene Autry made his mark on both the radio and the silver screen. This chronicles Autry's entry into showbiz with excerpts from radio programs he recorded during the '40's. Radio recordings of classics, such as "Back in the Saddle Again" and "Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue," sound sweet and melancholy and a re-enactment of Autry's noteworthy meeting with Will Rogers is a fun listen. Newer fans seeking a little history, however, will be sorely disappointed. ...
Gene Autry: singer, radio host, film star, television pioneer, music publisher, label mogul, businessman, baseball team owner, museum benefactor. By today's standards, Autry might be criticized for being too commercial, but throughout the 90 years of his life, the original singing cowboy has been nothing but genuine. Like his character in his several westerns, Autry is the good guy. We like him. We always have, and we always will, with or without his many businesses. We like him so much that we'd ...


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