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Gene Austin (June 24, 1900 - January 24, 1972) was an American singer and songwriter who is considered to have been the first "crooner".

Austin was born as Lemeul Eugene Lucas in Gainesville, Texas (north of Dallas), to Nova Lucas (died 1943) and the former Serena Belle Harrell (died 1956). He took the name "Gene Austin" from his stepfather, Jim Austin, a blacksmith. Austin grew up in Minden, the seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, located east of Shreveport. There… read more

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  • Avatar for vickevlar
    For some reason I had this baseless image of him as something of an odious, doughy, dixiecrat, but reading about his life makes him seem like a pretty cool guy. Minus the twin devils of drunkenness and debauchery. Anyway, amazing music regardless.
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  • Avatar for LoveNotLust
    Heard his version of "Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?" in The Green Mile. Loved it.
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    The picture I posted looks a tad less pulpy. Give it your vote.
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    There.

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