Gene Austin

TrackOriginal Recording
All I Do Is Dream Of YouVictor 24663 (1934)
Bye Bye BlackbirdVictor 20044 (1926)
A Garden In The RainVictor 21915 (1929)
Girl Of My DreamsVictor 21334 (1928)
GuiltyRomeo 1721 (1931)
I Can't Give You Anything But LoveVictor 21798 (1928)
If I Could Be With YouVictor 22527 (1930)
My Blue HeavenVictor 20964 (1927)
RamonaVictor 21334 (1928)
She's Funny That WayVictor 21779 (1928)
Sleepy Time GalVictor 19899 (1925)

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Contributor: Kenneth Pooley

Lemeul Eugene Lucas was born in 1900 in the state of Texas. He took his stage name, Gene Austin, from his stepfather. Starting off as a piano player in the dives of New Orleans and moving on to vaudeville, in his career as a singer in the 20s and 30s he sold over 80 million records. He wrote many songs, a number of which are now considered as classics: When My Sugar Walks Down The Street, How Come You Do Me Like You Do and The Lonesome Road, none of which made it into my listing above, and recorded many others such as Carolina Moon, My Melancholy Baby.

Gene Austin was a highly influential recording artist, underrated these days but important in the history of popular music, the first “crooner”, the Voice of the Southland.

Gene Austin’s recordings

Gene Austin biography (iTunes)

It’ll be interesting for us to see if any fans of, the relatively unknown these days, Gene Austin, come forward with some anecdotes or favourite songs from this big-selling singer and songwriter. Roll up, roll up.

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2 Comments

  1. John Chamberlain
    Aug 18, 2013

    Well, what a discovery ! New to me. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Peter Viney
    Aug 19, 2013

    “The Beautiful Old” is an album by Marsteller & Rhodes who assembled popular songs a few decades older than Gene Austin’s and recreated them in modern versions with the greatest respect. The relevance is that, like Gene Austin, these are all songs my mum used to sing in the kitchen (when operating the mangle no doubt!) There are at least four in the Gene Austin list in that same category. One of my albums of the year, find a review here of The Beautiful Old

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