The Singing Cowboy Gene Autry from the movie “The Cowboys and The Indians” from 1949.
As family lore goes, I’m related to Autry by marriage something like six-times removed, as his wife was a cousin of my grandmother’s. I have also heard another story, as told by my cousin Carl, as Autry was courting his soon-to-be wife May Spivey (my grandmother was a Spivey), he would bring his guitar to May’s house and serenade her on the front porch. The rest of the town congregated on Carl’s porch next door to listen in.
And yes, that’s Jay Silverheels of Tonto fame in the video. Clayton Moore, who would go on be the Lone Ranger, is also in the movie.