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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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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 ...
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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:53:27 -0700

Gene Greene (D-Texas) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), who leads the health subcommittee. “As things are standing right now, there's a lot of consensus on a lot of areas,” the aide said. Reforming the FDA will be particularly tricky. The agency controls the ...

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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.

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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 ...

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