Gene Austin

Real Name:
Lemeul Eugene Lucas
Profile:
American singer and songwriter who is considered to have been the first "crooner".
Born June 24, 1900 in Gainesville, Texas, died January 24, 1972 in Palm Springs, California.

Born Lemeul Eugene Lucas, Austin assumed the last name of his stepfather, Jim Austin, when his mother remarried.

After performing off and on in local taverns and in vaudeville since he was a teenager, Austin first had success as a songwriter. His 1924 song "How Come You Do Me Like You Do?" (written with his vaudeville partner, Roy Bergere) became a hit for Marion Harris. In April of that same year, Vocalion hired Austin to lend his voice anonymously to several recordings by George Reneau, and by September, Austin and Reneau performed duets for Edison Records. In January 1925, another one of his songs, "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" (written with Jimmy McHugh while both worked as staff writers for Mills Music) launched Austin's recording career with Victor, when he was asked to perform it in a duet with singer Aileen Stanley. As early as the next month, Austin was again in the Victor studio for a number of solo recordings.

Austin's soft, clear, and laid-back tenor voice was a good fit for the electronic recording technology introduced in early 1925 and made him one of the originators of the "crooner" style of singing (along with other singers of the time like "Ukuele Ike" Cliff Edwards, Art Gillham, Nick Lucas, Johnny Marvin, and Rudy Vallee). Soon, he became immensely popular. His 1927 recording of "My Blue Heaven", in particular, sold more than 5 million copies. After the depression hit and reduced record sales, Austin switched to radio. From 1932-1934 he had his own radio show performing in a trio with with bassist Candy Candido and guitarist Otto Heimal (a.k.a. "Coco"). He also performed in several movies.

In 1978, Gene Austin was posthumously awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for his 1928 recording of "My Blue Heaven". In 2005, his 1926 recording of "Bye, Bye, Blackbird" received the same honor.
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Albums

Gene Austin - My Blue Heaven album art Gene Austin My Blue Heaven (Album) RCA Victor, RCA Victor Canada 1954 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - My Blue Heaven album art Gene Austin My Blue Heaven Decca US 1957 Sell This Version
LPM-1547 Gene Austin - Restless Heart album art Gene Austin Restless Heart(LP) RCA Victor LPM-1547 US 1957 Sell This Version
F-1006 Gene Austin - Gene Austin And His Lonesome Road album art Gene Austin Gene Austin And His Lonesome Road(LP, Mono) Fraternity Records F-1006 US 1957 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - Gene Austin's Great Hits album art Gene Austin Gene Austin's Great Hits (Album) Dot Records US 1960 Sell This Version
P-507 Gene Austin - Gene Austin  album art Gene Austin Gene Austin (LP) Sunbeam (3) P-507 USA & Canada 1978 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Gene Austin - Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now / Yes Sir, That's My Baby album art Gene Austin Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now / Yes Sir, That's My Baby Victor US 1925 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - Yearning / No Wonder  album art Gene Austin Yearning / No Wonder Victor US 1925 Sell This Version
19637 Gene Austin - Way Down Home / The Time Will Come album art Gene Austin - Carson Robison / Vernon Dalhart Gene Austin - Carson Robison / Vernon Dalhart - Way Down Home / The Time Will Come(Shellac, 10") Victor 19637 1925 Sell This Version
19599 Gene Austin - The Only Only One For Me / I Never Knew How Much I Loved You album art Gene Austin The Only Only One For Me / I Never Knew How Much I Loved You(Shellac, 10") Victor 19599 US 1925 Sell This Version
19677 Gene Austin - Let It Rain / What A Life (When No One Loves You) album art Gene Austin Let It Rain / What A Life (When No One Loves You)(Shellac, 10") Victor 19677 US 1925 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - For My Sweetheart / Me Too album art Gene Austin For My Sweetheart / Me Too Victor Canada 1926 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - Ya Gotta Know How To Love / Bye Bye Blackbird album art Gene Austin Ya Gotta Know How To Love / Bye Bye Blackbird Victor Canada 1926 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - Tamiami Trail / But I Do - You Know I Do album art Gene Austin Tamiami Trail / But I Do - You Know I Do Victor US 1926 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - Just Around The Corner / Behind The Clouds album art The Revelers (2) / Gene Austin The Revelers (2) / Gene Austin - Just Around The Corner / Behind The Clouds Victor US 1926 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - Save Your Sorrow (For To-morrow) / Cross My Heart, Mother (I Love You) album art Gene Austin / Henry Burr Gene Austin / Henry Burr - Save Your Sorrow (For To-morrow) / Cross My Heart, Mother (I Love You) Victor US 1926 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - Thanks For The Buggy Ride / My Bundle Of Love album art Frank Crumit / Gene Austin Frank Crumit / Gene Austin - Thanks For The Buggy Ride / My Bundle Of Love Victor US 1926 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - I Love My Baby / How I Love Her And She Loves Me Is Nobody's Business album art Aileen Stanley / Gene Austin Aileen Stanley / Gene Austin - I Love My Baby / How I Love Her And She Loves Me Is Nobody's Business Victor US 1926 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - I Wonder Where My Baby Is To-Night? / I Never Knew album art Henry Burr , and Billy Murray, Gene Austin Henry Burr , and Billy Murray, Gene Austin - I Wonder Where My Baby Is To-Night? / I Never Knew Victor US 1926 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - I'm Sitting On Top Of The World (Just Rolling Along, Just Rolling Along) album art Frank Crumit / Gene Austin Frank Crumit / Gene Austin - I'm Sitting On Top Of The World (Just Rolling Along, Just Rolling Along) Victor US 1926 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - Sleepy Time Gal / Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue album art Gene Austin Sleepy Time Gal / Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue Victor Canada 1926 Sell This Version
B 2345 Gene Austin - Behind The Clouds / Bye, Bye, Blackbird album art Gene Austin Behind The Clouds / Bye, Bye, Blackbird(Shellac, 10") His Master's Voice B 2345 UK 1926 Sell This Version
20107 Gene Austin - Georgianna / Here I Am album art Correll And Gosden / Gene Austin Correll And Gosden / Gene Austin - Georgianna / Here I Am(Shellac, 10") Victor 20107 US 1926 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - My Blue Heaven / Are You Thinking Of Me To-night? album art Gene Austin My Blue Heaven / Are You Thinking Of Me To-night? Victor US 1927 Sell This Version
Gene Austin - There's A Cradle In Carolina / My Melancholy Baby album art Gene Austin There's A Cradle In Carolina / My Melancholy Baby Victor US 1927 Sell This Version