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Not to be confused with Gene Green or Eugene A. Greene.

Eugene Delbert Greene (June 9, 1857 – April 5, 1930), better known as Gene Greene was an American entertainer, singer and composer, nicknamed "The Ragtime King". He was a vaudeville star and made some of the earliest sound recordings of scat singing in 1911 for Columbia Records and Victor Records and was a popular ragtime performer.


Greene was born in Aurora, Illinois and moved to Chicago as a young child. He began his professional career in the late 1890s with his future wife Blanche Werner. They performed in vaudeville first as Manjonita and Eugene and then as Greene & Werner. Greene began performing as a solo act around 1909. He toured England in 1912 and 1913 and Australia in 1913 and 1914. His pianist was on these tours was Charley Straight. Greene continued to be a popular vaudeville performer in the United States and Canada until his death backstage immediately after a vaudeville performance at the Grand Opera House in New York in 1930.

Greene was closely associated with the song "I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier" by Alfred Bryan and Al Piantadosi. This song was one of the extremely few anti-war music-hall songs during the First World War, most music-hall songs being fiercely pro-war. This reflected the views of Chicago's large German population at the time, but the song was also well-known, and controversial, in Britain.

Recordings of Greene are scarce in the compact disc era. One track, "King of the Bungaloos" recorded on February 17, 1911, can be found on Pop Music The Early Years 1890-1950, part of Sony Music's Soundtrack For A Century box set. Another recording, "Frankie and Johnny" by the Leighton Brothers, is discussed and played by Peter C. Muir in a video to accompany his book Long Lost Blues.[1] Greene and Straight recorded the song for Pathé Records in London during their 1912–1913 tour of England.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peter C. Muir, Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in America, 1850–1920, Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-252-07676-3.
  2. ^ LongLostBlues.com – Dr. Peter Muir – No. 3. "The First Blues Recording?" on YouTube

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Gallipolis Daily Tribune

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:39:42 -0700

Gallipolis City Manager Gene Greene said he was pleased with the park turnout over the weekend. “It seems like we've had some big event out in the park every weekend since summer started this year,” Greene told the Tribune. “I hope we can keep it up.”.
Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:00:00 -0700

“I don't have a problem with them (golf carts), so long as they don't start obstructing traffic,” Gallipolis City Manager Gene Greene said.”You get somebody out in a 40 mile per hour zone going 15, it isn't going to work.” Greene said he estimated 17 ...

Energy and Capital

Energy and Capital
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:11:05 -0700

The fight to allow crude oil exports continues in the heart of the United States shale boom: Texas. Republican Representative Joe Barton and Democratic Representative Gene Greene were the main contenders this week, pressing legislation in lifting and ...
Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:00:55 -0700

City Manager Gene Greene, Code Enforcement Officer Brett Bostic and City Solicitor Adam Salisbury have been meeting bimonthly in attempts to discuss new legislation, enforcement techniques and strategies in how to better handle code and building ...

ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:00:43 -0700

Florida State receiver Rashad Greene would be the amateur flag bearer for the clutch gene. Greene isn't the biggest (6-foot, 180 pounds) or the fastest, but few players have the late-game résumé Greene has earned over his four years. Saturday was the ...
The Bakersfield Californian
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 17:22:30 -0700

Neptune Society Cremation. Gene Greene, 78, Bakersfield, June 3. Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles St. Jonnie D. Helm, 67, Bakersfield, June 4. Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles St. Nancy M. Iparraguirre, 70, Bakersfield, June 2. Greenlawn Funeral Home ...
The Hill
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:53:27 -0700

Gene Greene (D-Texas) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), who leads the health subcommittee. “As things are standing right now, there's a lot of consensus on a lot of areas,” the aide said. Reforming the FDA will be particularly tricky. The agency controls the ...
Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:03:45 -0700

City Solicitor Adam Salisbury has been researching possible ordinance change suggestions while speaking with Code Enforcement Officer Brett Bostic and City Manager Gene Greene after the last commission meeting on June 2. According to Salisbury ...

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