85 years ago today, love rocked the airwaves…
Long before April 20th derived its meaning from an illicit substance, music was still important part of the American landscape. Billboard, notes that 85 years ago today, Gene Austin’s – “Tonight You Belong to Me” was on top of the charts.
Gene Austin was a popular screen, radio & recording artist during the mid 1920’s into the 1930’s. He was known as “the voice of the south land” and a pioneer in the “crooning” style of singing. A jazz artist at heart, he was equally at home singing country ballads, blues and spirituals. His improvisational style apparent in his recordings, added a unique flavor to his interpretations.
Offered to work in Hollywood at the height of his career as the “Voice of the Southland”, Austin appeared in three films, Belle of the Nineties (1934), Klondike Annie (1936) and My Little Chickadee(1940), at the request of his personal friend, Mae West.
Music has always been an important part of our culture’s identity. Bluff Dwellers has its own music in the Chimes, but we look back to appreciate the artist of the past and understand the music our founders “jammed” to.