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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 (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

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

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"Alamo Rag" 'Gene Greene 1911

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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 -...

Gene Greene ''Alamo Rag'' Victor 16887, recorded on April 19, 1911 LYRICS HERE

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Popular Old Time Song ( Gene Greene - From Here To Shanghai )

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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, 06 Mar 2015 23:18:45 -0800

The proposed budget — $17,986,927.17 — passed its first reading Tuesday with little fanfare, despite being $6.9 million more than the city's operating budget in 2014. One of the main reasons for the increase, according to interim City Manager Gene ...

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 ...

Chippewa Herald

Chippewa Herald
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:58:23 -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

Clockwise from top left: Texas Reps. Pete Gallego, Gene Greene, Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, New York Rep. Tom Reed, Florida Rep. David Jolly. Even as President Obama makes plans to substitute congressional action with an executive order, ...


Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:11:15 -0700

Here are the previous entries on this project: June 19: Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart, David Jolly, Tom Reed, Gene Greene, and Pete Gallego. June 26: Representatives Dan Lipinski, Jim Gerlach, Patrick Meehan, Mike Fitzpatrick, and Henry Cuellar.

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