Gene Autry – The Yellow Rose of Texas is a traditional American folk song dating back to at least the 1850s. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. Several versions of the song have been recorded, including by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Mitch Miller.
The soundtrack to the TV miniseries James A. Michener’s Texas dates a version of the song to June 2, 1933 and co-credits both the authorship and performance to Gene Autry and Jimmy Long. Don George reworked the original version of the song, which Mitch Miller made into a popular recording in 1955 that knocked Bill Haley & His Comets’ “Rock Around The Clock” from the top of the Best Sellers chart in the U.S. Miller’s version was featured in the 1956 motion picture Giant, and reached #1 on the U.S. pop chart the same week Giant star James Dean died. Stan Freberg had a simultaneous hit of a parody version in which the bandleader warred with the snare drummer, Alvin Stoller, who also featured prominently in Miller’s arrangement. Billboard ranked Miller’s version as the No. 3 song of 1955.
Gene Autry – The Yellow Rose of Texas
Song by Gene Autry & Jimmy Long
Released June 5, 1933
Recorded March 1, 1933
Studio ARC Studios, New York City
Label Melotone 12700