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Gene Austin & His Orchestra - Blue Kentucky Moon 1931

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Published on May 31, 2012

Gene Austin (June 24, 1900 -- January 24, 1972) was an American singer and songwriter, one of the first "crooners". His 1920s compositions "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" and "The Lonesome Road" became pop and jazz standards.
Gene Austin was an important pioneer crooner whose records in their day enjoyed record sales and the highest circulation.
"Blue Kentucky Moon", a haunting waltz is off-the-peg perfect for Austin as "The Voice Of The Southland". Walter Donaldson (who had composed "My Blue Heaven") provides a harmonic bed of unusual minor to major chord changes, a trademark of this ace tunesmith of Tin Pan Alley, a fellow forever looking for new wine to put into old bottles.
Gene has sold over 80 millions records.

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