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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

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

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

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Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 13:56:15 -0800

According to Interim City Manager Gene Greene, the city agreed to purchase three new Dodge Charger police cruisers last spring via lease through the state's purchasing program. Each vehicle cost $22,415 and is being financed through WesBanco Inc.

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 ...

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

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:16:06 -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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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:33:45 -0800

The Metter High School Competition Cheerleaders attended Region at West Laurens on Saturday, Nov. 8, coming away with a third-place finish. They will now advance to the State Sectional in Columbus on Friday, Nov. 14, in the hopes to be able to compete ...

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Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:03:45 -0700

It is his bill, H.R. 3196, the “Consumer Choice in Video Devices Act,” co-sponsored by Texas Congressman Gene Greene, that is now incorporated into the STELA reauthorization. Indeed, shortly after Congressman Latta introduced H.R. 3196, he delivered a ...

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