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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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KING OF THE BUNGALOOS by Gene Greene 1911

KING OF THE BUNGALOOS by Gene Greene, recorded in 1911. Just got a small group of records over 100 years old. Enjoy! P.S. - This song recorded over 100 years ago has a copyright claim!

Gene Greene "From Here To Shanghai" (Irving Berlin song) Little Wonder disc 541 jazzy scat singing!

Gene Greene "From Here To Shanghai" (Irving Berlin song) on Little Wonder 541 -- listen to the jazzy scat singing near the end! Wild! Along with the jazzy scat singing, there is another small...

Gene Greene "King of the Bungaloos" on Victor 18266 jazzy scat singing (called "jig chorus")

Listen to the jazzy scat singing near the end! Wild! I just received a cable 'spatch [dispatch] from my ancestral home. It tells me I'm the Great Gazoo, successor to the throne! My throne...

Gene Greene "Alexander's Got A Jazz Band Now" Columbia A2472, recorded on Nov. 9, 1917 JASS HISTORY

To understand how jazz evolved in its early years, we must trace the emergence of "jass" as a new popular music. It was also called "jas" in the early days. But someone realized early that...

GENE GREENE (The Ragtime King) 1911 *KING OF THE BUNGALOOS* On Victor V Phonograph

Recorded and released in 1911 on a single sided Victor patents label record this is the elusive early comedian, Gene Greene ("The Ragtime King") singing his signature song, "King Of The Bungaloos".

Gene Greene sings "King of the Bungaloos" Little Wonder disc 540 jazzy scat singing RARE

Listen to the jazzy scat singing near the end! Wild! Gene Greene (9 June 1877 - 5 April 1930) was son of George S. and Francis Nash Greene. The singer was born Eugene Greene but was known...

"From Here to Shanghai" (Irving Berlin) Sung by 'Gene Greene & Peerless Quartette Victor 18242

'Gene Greene - the Ragtime King" here heard on a later Victor Pressing Pressing.

Gene Greene "Ruff Johnson's Harmony Band" (1917) Victor 18266 GREAT SONG syncopation

Gene Greene sings "Ruff Johnson's Harmony Band" on Victor 18266, issued in 1917. I like this line: "He's got a world-wide reputation for playing syncopation." Gene Greene (9 June 1877 -...

"Alamo Rag" 'Gene Greene 1911

Comic song. Victor Record 16887-A, patents label. Rec. 4-19-1911. Self styled "Ragtime King" who recorded for both American and British labels. Played on a 1923 portable Brunswick 101.

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The Hill
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:53:27 -0700

The same day that draft was released in January, Upton and Degette began meeting with several other members to help advance the legislation, such as Pallone, Rep. Gene Greene (D-Texas) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), who leads the health subcommittee.
Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:22:30 -0700

According to Interim City Manager Gene Greene, the upgraded electric service will help vendors who have “heavy-duty equipment” that requires a large power source. Also seen in the photos are Crisenberry Electric workers Bob Crisenberry and Mike ...

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 Chattanoogan

The Chattanoogan
Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:26:15 -0800

Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Billy Gene Greene will be held Wednesday, January 22 at 3 p.m. from the Freewill Church of Jesus Christ with Pastor Michael Nicholson and Reverend Gary Shoemaker officiating. Interment will follow in the church ...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:47:01 -0700

Democrats have a straightforward solution: continue CHIP funding for another four years, as measures introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Gene Greene, D-Texas, would do. President Obama's 2016 budget proposal would do the same.

Chippewa Herald

Chippewa Herald
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:52:30 -0800

He is survived by: his wife, Karen; his daughters, grandchildren, one brother, Dale (Skeets) and Tammy White of Chippewa Falls; father-in-law, Jack Greene; brother-in-law, Gene Greene; sister-in-law, Vicky and Duane Elstran, all of Cadott; brother-in ...
KPRC Houston
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 08:43:46 -0700



Thu, 19 Jun 2014 01:20:47 -0700

Advocacy group Freedom to Work has a new plan to convince a majority of U.S. representatives to cosponsor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. BY Sunnivie Brydum and Michelle Garcia. June 19 2014 4:00 AM ET. Clockwise from top left: Texas Reps.

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