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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
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:41:15 -0800

A semi passes the water main break late Tuesday afternoon along Second Avenue in front of the Gallipolis Justice Center. According to City Manager Gene Greene, water pressure pushing from the broken pipe was enough to crack the blacktop above it on ...

Gallipolis Daily Tribune

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:04:41 -0800

http://mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0552.jpg According to Gallipolis City Manager Gene Greene, a 10 inch water main broke Monday evening in front of the Gallipolis Justice Center. Dean Wright | Daily Tribune.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:26:15 -0800

“The county engineer has started approximately a month to two-and-a-half months (long) project on McCormick Road in the slip area,” said City Manager Gene Greene. “They are going to repair the road and drive piling. That will interfere with our 12-inch ...

Gallipolis Daily Tribune

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:06:58 -0700

“About 4 p.m. Monday evening, we discovered the problem,” Gallipolis City Manager Gene Greene said. “That means it probably happened over the weekend. I'm not sure what they marked (the memorial) with. (City workers) power washed it and part of the ...

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 ...
Wed, 02 Dec 2015 07:02:18 -0800

Gene Greene's amendment to create a permitting process for cross-border infrastructure projects. — Rep. Paul Tonko's amendment to reauthorize the Weatherization Assistance Program. — An amendment from Rep. Trent Franks to secure the grid against ...

Gallipolis Daily Tribune

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:31:03 -0800

City Manager Gene Greene recommended Boyer for the position after he had been named interim police chief in late October after former chief Clint Patterson retired from service. “I want to talk about Jeff Boyer,” said Greene. “Jeff was hired with the ...

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