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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, 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:26:15 -0700

According to City Manager Gene Greene, Cremeens had served on the commission for roughly five years, but had served the city far longer as a firefighter and full-time police officer. He said that “Cremeens was good to work with and a good commissioner ...

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 ...
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 ...

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.
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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