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The 1920's crooner signs his name in blue ink
Signature: "Gene Austin", in blue ink, 5¼x4½. American singer, songwriter and pianist Gene Austin (1900-1972), one of the first "crooners," ran away from home and joined a vaudeville act at age 15. After military service in France and Mexico during World War I, he became one of the nation's most popular voices of the 1920s, selling 80 million records (a total unmatched by any artist for 40 years). He wrote the popular standards "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" and "Why Do You Do Me Like You Do?" Hit songs he didn't write but turned into big hits included "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "My Blue Heaven." The latter record from 1928 sold over 5 million copies, a total unmatched until Bing Crosby's "White Christmas." Light surface creases. Toned. Top right corner folded down. Ink notes (unknown hand). Magazine clipping affixed to verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: June 24, 1900 in Gainesville, Texas
Died: January 24, 1972 in Palm Springs, California

Film Credits
The Ed Sullivan Show (Sound), 2011 The Marty Stuart Show (Sound), 2009 Get Low (Sound), 2008/II Crazy (Sound), 1999 The Green Mile (Sound), 1997 Wild Man Blues (Sound), 1996 Carried Away (Sound), 1991 Fried Green Tomatoes (Sound), 1968 The Jonathan Winters Show (Sound), 1962 Here's Edie (Sound), 1960 Peter Gunn (Sound), 1959 Make Room for Daddy (Sound), 1959 Country Style, U.S.A. (Sound), 1959 At the Movies (Sound), 1958 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (Sound), 1958 Off the Record (in person), 1957 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1957 The Big Record (in person), 1956 Cha-Cha-Cha Boom! (Sound), 1955-1956 Shower of Stars (in person), 1955 Three for the Show (Sound), 1951 Penthouse Party (in person), 1948 The Strawberry Roan (Sound), 1947 Hollywood Bound (Other), 1947 Girl Time (Sound), 1945 That's the Spirit (Sound), 1944 Moon Over Las Vegas (Sound), 1944 Moon Over Las Vegas (in person), 1944 Follow the Leader (Performer), 1944 Follow the Leader (Sound), 1941 The Lonesome Road (Sound), 1940 My Little Chickadee (Performer), 1938 Songs and Saddles (Performer), 1938 Songs and Saddles (Sound), 1937 Trailing Along (Sound), 1937 Trailing Along (Performer), 1937 Make Way for Tomorrow (Sound), 1936 Klondike Annie (Sound), 1936 Klondike Annie (Performer), 1936 Bad Medicine (Performer), 1935 Night Life (Performer), 1934 Sadie McKee (Sound), 1934 Sadie McKee (Performer), 1934 Gift of Gab (Performer), 1934 Gift of Gab (Sound), 1934 Ferry-Go-Round (Performer), 1934 Belle of the Nineties (Performer), 1929 Show Boat (Sound)

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