Gene Austin

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Eugene Lucas, 24 June 1900, Gainseville, Texas, USA, d. 24 January 1972, Palm Springs, California, USA. A singer, pianist, songwriter, and all-round entertainer, Austin was known as a ‘soft-voiced’ performer, with an intimate, appealing style. He joined a circus while in his teens, and then served as a bugler in the US Army during World War I. Later, he worked in vaudeville with Roy Bergere, and in 1924 they collaborated on ‘How Come You Do Me Like You Do?’, which was popularized by Marion Harris, and eventually featured in the films That’s The Spirit (1945) and Three For The Show (1955). In the same year, Austin teamed with Jimmy McHugh and Irving Mills for the enduring ‘When My Sugar Walks Down The Street’, a hit for Warner’s Seven Aces, and Ella Fitzgerald. The song also gave Austin himself, duetting with the lively vocalist Aileen Stanley, his first record success. During the late 20s he had many more, including George...

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