Gene Austin

Gene Austin
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Gene Austin
Music: South side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Singer | Songwriter
Born June 24, 1900 in Gainesville, Texas
Died Jan. 24, 1972 of lung cancer in Desert Hospital, Calif.

Gene Austin was a composer and singer who crooned to fame in the 1920s with "My Blue Heaven."

Although he wrote and recorded many songs, it was "My Blue Heaven" that rocketed him to fame with sales of about 12 million copies. Between 1924 and 1930, about 86 million of his recordings were sold. Some of his songs were "How Come You Do Me Like You Do?," "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street," "Wedding Bells Are Ringing" and "Ridin' Around in the Rain."

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