Famous Freemason - Orvon Grover Autry
I've done 'Back in the Saddle Again' so darn long, I could go to sleep and sing it.
Orvon Grover "Gene" Bro. Autry nicknamed the Singing Cowboy was born in Tioga Texas on September 29, 1907.
From 1934 to 1953, Bro. Autry appeared in 93 films, and between 1950 and 1956 hosted The Gene Autry Show television series.
During the 1930s and 1940s, he personified the straight-shooting hero—honest, brave, and true.
Bro. Autry was also one of the most important pioneering figures in the history of country music, considered the second major influential artist of the genre's development after Jimmie Rodgers, with his singing cowboy films were the first vehicle to carry country music to a national audience.
In addition to his signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again" and his hit "At Mail Call Today", Bro. Autry is still remembered for his Christmas songs, most especially his biggest hit "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as well as "Frosty the Snowman", "Here Comes Santa Claus", and "Up on the House Top".
Bro. Autry is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is the only person to be awarded stars in all five categories on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for film, television, music, radio, and live performance.
The town of Gene Autry, Oklahoma, was named in his honor, as was the Gene Autry precinct in Mesa, Arizona.
Bro. Autry was raised a Mason in Catoosa Lodge No. 185, now Gene Autry Catoosa Lodge, in Catoosa, Oklahoma. He was also a member of Long Beach Scottish Rite as well as the Al Malaikah Shrine Temple in Los Angeles, California.