Warner Chappell Music has acquired all four publishing companies that comprise the Gene Autry Music Group, the company announced Thursday (May 30).
The combined catalogues of the four companies contain more than 1,500 songs, including such Gene Autry classics as “Back In The Saddle Again,” “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane),” “Just Walkin’ In The Rain” and “You Belong To Me.”
“Gene Autry is an icon in American culture and a pioneer in the evolution of both country and pop music,” said Warner Chappell Music co-chair and CEO Guy Moot and co-chair and COO Carianne Marshall in a joint statement. “He was not only an incredibly gifted and prolific songwriter, but he assembled an extraordinary publishing catalogue filled with timeless classics and undiscovered gems. We are honored and privileged to be the stewards of this outstanding body of work and help preserve and enhance Gene Autry’s monumental legacy.”