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Gene Austin

voc, 1900-1972 US, Gainesville, Texas
Singer / Musician / Songwriter of Pop and Jazz
A.k.a. Lemeul Eugene Lucas Bill Collins (16)

American singer and songwriter who is considered to have been the first "crooner". Born June 24, 1900, died January 24, 1972. Austin soon gave birth to the "crooner" form (a clear light tenor) of singing of the 20's and 30's, taking over from the more sentimental style of tenor vocals popularized by such singers as Henry Burr and Billy Murray. Such later crooners as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Russ Columbo all credited Austin with creating the musical genre that began their careers. Gene Austin became enormously popular in the late 1920s. His recording of "My Blue Heaven" sold over 12 million records and until Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" replaced it as the largest selling record of all time. Gene Austin was posthumously awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for his 1928 recording of Bye, Bye, Blackbird, which has long been considered recorded music's definitive rendition of that song.

        
Genres
  • Pop
  • Jazz
  • Soundtrack
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Everything's Made For Love on Voice Of The Southland by Gene Austin
My Blue Heaven on My Blue Heaven by Gene Austin
The Lonesome Road (Recorded 1927) on Gene Austin Popular 1920's Jazz Vocals by Gene Austin
Charleston on The Roaring 20s Year-By-Year: 1920 to 1929, The Number One Hits of the Decade by Various Artists
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue on Roaring 20's Revue Vol. 1 by Various Artists
Ain't She Sweet on My Blue Heaven by Gene Austin
Did You Ever See a Dream Walking on The Best of Gene Austin by Gene Austin
Did You Ever See A Dream Walking on A Time To Relax by Gene Austin
Girl of My Dreams (Recorded April 1928) on Popular 1920's Jazz Vocals [Recorded 1925-1928] by Gene Austin
I Got a Feeling I'm Falling (Recorded June 1929) on Popular 1920's Jazz Vocals [Recorded 1928-1942] by Gene Austin

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Gene AustinGene Austin2017Compil.
Gene AustinGene Austin2017Compil.
The Voice Of The SouthlandGene Austin1996Compil.
A Time To RelaxGene Austin1995Compil.
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love / I Wonder If You Miss Me TonightGene Austin1994Album
Love Is On The Air TonightGene Austin, Kenny Baker1989Compil.
This Is Gene AustinGene Austin1972Compil.
My Blue HeavenGene Austin1962Compil.
Gene Austin's Great HitsGene Austin1960Album
My Blue HeavenGene Austin1957Album
I Could Write A Book / A Porter's Love Song To A ChambermaidGene Austin1957Single
That's Love / Too LateGene Austin1957Single
Lonesome Road / My Blue HeavenGene Austin1957Single
Restless HeartGene Austin1957Album
Music From The Gene Austin StoryGene Austin1957Single
Wonder / I'm Not The Braggin' KindGene Austin1957Single
My Blue HeavenGene Austin1954Album
Folk SingersGene Austin / Vernon Dalhart / Jimmie Rodgers1950Compil.
Ace In The Hole / I'm Crying Just For YouGene Austin1949Album
Hush Little Darling / Git AlongGene Austin1949Album
Yearning / Cala-CaliforniaGene Austin With Les Paul1948Album
YearningGene Austin With Les Paul1948Album
My Blue Heaven / Keep A Knockin'Gene Austin With Les Paul1948Album
My Blue HeavenGene Austin1945Album
Frankie And Johnny / Gene Austin BluesGene Austin1945Album
Ramona / Jeannine (I Dream Of Lilac Time)Gene Austin1942Album
Tonight You belong To Me/Carolina MoonGene Austin1941Album
A Garden in the RainGene Austin1938Album
Music, Maestro, Please! / I'm In A Mellow MoodGene Austin1938Album
Dear Old Southland / China BoyGene Austin With Candy And Coco1938Album
Thrill Of A Lifetime / MarieGene Austin1937Album
If I Had My Way / I Cried For YouGene Austin1936Album
Until Today / When I'm With YouGene Austin with Victor Young And His Orchestra1936Album
After You've Gone / My Melancholy BabyGene Austin1934Album
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You / When I Was A Boy From The Mountains (And You Were A Girl FromThe Hills)Gene Austin1933Album
Loveless Love / The Lonesome RoadRoland Smith's Rascals / Gene Austin1931Album
Goodnight Sweetheart / A Faded Summer LoveGene Austin1931Album
Now That You're Gone / La PalomaGene Austin1931Single
Under A Texas Moon / Telling It To The DaisiesGene Austin1930Album
If I Could Be With You / This Side Of ParadiseGene Austin1930Album
St. James Infirmary / After You've GoneGene Austin1930Album
Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine)Gene Austin1929Album
The Dream Girl Of Pi K.A. / My Sorority SweetheartGene Austin1929Album
Carolina Moon / I Wish I Had Died In My Cradle (Before I Grew Up To Love You)Gene Austin1929Album
The Whip / I Want To Talk To YouGene Austin1929Single
How Am I To Know?Gene Austin1929Album
How Am I To Know / Please Come Back To MeGene Austin1929Album
Carolina MoonGene Austin1929Single
Weary RiverGene Austin1929Album
St. Louis Blues / The Voice Of The SouthlandGene Austin1929Album
Dream MotherGene Austin1929Album
Maybe! - Who Knows? / I've Got A Feeling I'm FallingGene Austin1929Album
Little Pal / Why Can't You?Gene Austin1929Album
The Lonesome Road / Wake NicodemusGene Austin / Frank Crumit1928Album
Sonny Boy / She's Funny That WayGene Austin1928Album
Tomorrow / So TiredGene Austin1928Album
Memories Of France / Old Pals Are The Best Pals After AllGene Austin1928Album
Just Like A Melody Out Of The Sky / I Can't Do Without YouGene Austin1928Album
Jeannine I Dream Of Lilac Time / Then Came The DawnGene Austin1928Album
Thinking Of You (I've Grown So Lonesome) / SundayGene Austin1928Album
Ramona / Girl Of My DreamsGene Austin1928Album
Without You SweetheartGene Austin1928Album
My Blue Heaven / RamonaGene Austin1928Album
Voom Voom (Moaden On The Gayden) / My Idea Of Heaven (Is To Be In Love With You)The Four Aristocrats / Gene Austin1927Album
I've Got The Girl! / 'Deed I DoGene Austin / Johnny Marvin1927Album
One Sweet Letter From You / YesterdayGene Austin1927Album
My Blue HeavenGene Austin1927Single
Ain't She Sweet? / What Do I Care What Somebody SaidGene Austin1927Album
Forgive Me / Someday SweetheartGene Austin1927Album
Muddy Water / My Idea Of HeavenGene Austin1927Album
Are You Happy? / The Sweetheart Of Sigma ChiGene Austin1927Album
You're Gonna Cause Me Trouble / My Blue HeavenGene Austin1927Album
To-Night You Belong To Me / It Made You Happy When You Made Me CryGene Austin1927Album
My Blue Heaven / Are You Thinking Of Me To-night?Gene Austin1927Album
There's A Cradle In Carolina / My Melancholy BabyGene Austin1927Album
Everything's Made For Love / Oh How She Could Play a UkuleleGene Austin / Johnny Marvin1927Album
Just Around The Corner / Behind The CloudsThe Revelers / Gene Austin1926Album
Thanks For The Buggy Ride / My Bundle Of LoveFrank Crumit / Gene Austin1926Album
Behind The Clouds / Bye, Bye, BlackbirdGene Austin1926Album
Ya Gotta Know How To Love / Bye Bye BlackbirdGene Austin1926Album
Georgianna / Here I AmCorrell And Gosden / Gene Austin1926Album
I Love My Baby / How I Love Her And She Loves Me Is Nobody's BusinessAileen Stanley / Gene Austin1926Album
Sleepy Time Gal / Five Foot Two, Eyes Of BlueGene Austin1926Album
Save Your Sorrow (For To-morrow) / Cross My Heart, Mother (I Love You)Gene Austin / Henry Burr1926Album
I'm Sitting On Top Of The World (Just Rolling Along, Just Rolling Along)Frank Crumit / Gene Austin1926Album
Tamiami Trail / But I Do - You Know I DoGene Austin1926Album
For My Sweetheart / Me TooGene Austin1926Album
The Only Only One For Me / I Never Knew How Much I Loved YouGene Austin1925Album
Yearning / No WonderGene Austin1925Album
Let It Rain / What A Life (When No One Loves You)Gene Austin1925Album
Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now / Yes Sir, That's My BabyGene Austin1925Album
Way Down Home / The Time Will ComeGene Austin - Carson Robison / Vernon Dalhart1925Album
Susie Ann (Harmonica & Guitar)Gene Austin, George Reneau1925Single
To My Mammy / Let Me Sing And I’m HappyGene AustinAlbum
Gene Austin And His Lonesome RoadGene AustinAlbum
Little Brown JugGene Austin, George ReneauSingle
Blue Ridge BluesGene Austin, George ReneauSingle
Every Day Away From You / Wish I Had Died In My CradleJohnny Marvin, Gene AustinAlbum
My Fate Is In Your Hands/ All That I'm Asking Is SympathyGene AustinAlbum
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