Image Source: Wikipedia

Gene Austin

Gene Austin (June 24, 1900 – January 24, 1972) was an American singer and songwriter, one of the first "crooners". His recording of "My Blue Heaven" sold over five million copies and was the largest selling record of all time. His 1920s compositions "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" and "The Lonesome Road" became pop and jazz standards.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 24th, 1900 (Gainesville), Died January 24th, 1972 (Palm Springs)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, songwriter, lyricist, composer, piano, vocalist

Notes: Used the pseudonym Bill Collins.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 259 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-30356 10-in. 7/3/1924 How come you do me like you do? Frank Crumit Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Victor B-30876 10-in. 10/1/1924 How come you do me like you do? The Original Memphis Five Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-31792 10-in. 1/30/1925 When my sugar walks down the street (All the little birdies go tweet, tweet, tweet) Gene Austin ; Aileen Stanley Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-31905 10-in. 2/4/1925 Way down home Gene Austin ; Carson Robison Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-31974 10-in. 2/19/1925 The only only one for me Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-31976 10-in. 2/19/1925 I never knew how much I loved you Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32091 10-in. 3/12/1925 What a life (When no one loves you) Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with viola, guitar, and ukulele vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32092 10-in. 3/12/1925 Yearning (Just for you) Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with viola, guitar, and ukulele vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32095 10-in. 3/12/1925 No wonder (That I love you) Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32225 10-in. 3/19/1925 What a life (When no one loves you) Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with ukulele vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32285 10-in. 4/2/1925 The flapper wife International Novelty Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32431 10-in. 4/15/1925 Let it rain Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with ukulele and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32433 10-in. 4/15/1925 Joanna International Novelty Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32437 10-in. 4/16/1925 Nora Lee International Novelty Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32439 10-in. 4/16/1925 Does my sweetie do like I want him to, and how Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with ukulele and harmonica vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32440 10-in. 4/16/1925 I had a sweet mamma but she's turned sour now Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with ukulele and harmonica vocalist, tenor vocal, lyricist  
Victor B-32469 10-in. 4/24/1925 Yes sir, that's my baby Gene Austin ; Billy "Uke" Carpenter Male vocal solo, with ukulele and scat singing vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-32470 10-in. 4/24/1925 Everything is hotsy-totsy now Gene Austin ; Billy "Uke" Carpenter Male vocal solo, with ukulele and scat singing vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-33695 10-in. 2/10/1926 When the moon shines down upon the mountain Bill Collins [i.e., Gene Austin] Male vocal solo, with flute and guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-33696 10-in. 2/10/1926 A boy's best friend is his mother Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-34100 10-in. 11/25/1925 Save your sorrow (For to-morrow) Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-34103 10-in. 11/30/1925 Five foot two, eyes of blue (Has anybody seen my girl) Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with ukulele and piano (takes 3-6); with orchestra (takes 1 and 2) vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-34104 10-in. 11/30/1925 I never knew Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with violin, saxophone, and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-34111 10-in. 12/2/1925 My bundle of love Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-34139 10-in. 12/11/1925 Sleepy time girl Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with ukulele and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 259 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Austin, Gene," accessed November 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104682.

Austin, Gene. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104682.

"Austin, Gene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104682

Feedback

Send the Editors a message about this record.