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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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The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 04:00:10 -0800

Representative Gene Greene, of Texas, said: “We already have existing committees to deal with Planned Parenthood, and frankly, Beghazi, too.” Greene is the ranking Democrat on the House energy and commerce health subcommittee, where Republicans ...

Gallipolis Daily Tribune

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 14:07:30 -0800

City Manager Gene Greene thanked Patterson for his service to the city and recommended the commission name Boyer as his replacement for the time being. Commissioners unanimously agreed to name Boyer to the position. Boyer served as a captain with ...

Asheville Citizen-Times

Asheville Citizen-Times
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:26:55 -0700

Sen. Jim Davis is trying once again to play matchmaker for Lake Junaluska and Waynesville. The Senate on Wednesday agreed to a Davis amendment that would set referendums in the two Haywood County communities on the prospect of Waynesville ...

Gallipolis Daily Tribune

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:18:45 -0700

It (the slip) was discovered before I came here,” said Gallipolis City Manager Gene Greene. “It's been there for a while. If you walk (S.R. 588), right before you get to the bridge about halfway between the bridge and the end of the guard rail, you'll ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:52:48 -0700

Marriage, which for many is the sign of a loving and intimate relationship, is now a constitutional right of all U.S. citizens. In his widely read dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia asserted that if anything, “freedom of intimacy is abridged rather than ...

Gallipolis Daily Tribune

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 ...

Gallipolis Daily Tribune

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 ...
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 ...

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