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The Singing Cowboys

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

[Don't Fence Me In - Autry]

The U-S is honoring four movie actors in a set of stamps it calls "Cowboys of the Silver 
Screen." Two of them -- William S. Hart and Tom Mix -- were silent film stars, but the 
other two -- Gene Autry and Roy Rogers -- were what was known as "SINGING Cowboys."

Their careers were intertwined. Rogers got his first movie lead -- and his name -- when 
he replaced Autry in a 1938 film. Both recorded the Cole Porter song "Don't Fence Me In."

[Don't Fence Me In - Rogers]

Rogers' more up-tempo version was more popular, probably because he starred in the movie 
of the same name, but every year at Christmas, you hear Autry's biggest hit song on the 

["Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer"]

Autry bought radio and television stations, real estate, and the expansion Los Angeles 
Angels baseball team. Rogers went on to television, where he was a staple of Saturday 
morning television for Baby Boomers.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of the Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamps collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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