|"Forget that bunny, kid! Run! Now!"|
So it didn't seem like such a crazy idea to try to bring some of Autry's Christmas magic to another holiday. Songwriters Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins -- the guys who wrote "Frosty," convinced Autry to record another one of their compositions in 1950: "Peter Cottontail." And damned if that rascally rabbit didn't grab a lot of carrots.
(Actually Autry wasn't the first to record "Cottontail." That honor went to a singer named Mervin Shiner, who recorded it earlier in 1950.)
Here's Autry performing "Peter Cottontail" in a 1951 western called Hills of Utah. I've never seen it, so I'm not sure what's going on in the scene. (And I'm really not sure about the pervy-looking dude who gives the little girl a stuffed rabbit.)
"The Funny Little Bunny" was the flip side of Autry's "Cottontail" single
Autry tried to repeat his "Cottontail" success Easter in 1951 with this double-sided rabbit record. It didn't quite work.
At least on the flip side, "Bunny Round-up Time," Autry returned to his cowboy roots.