In last week’s Echo we looked at the rise of Gene Austin, from the lumber mills of North Louisiana to worldwide stardom. This week’s  conclusion of the story will tell the tale of a once famed performer, struggling to survive in the world of show business.

After his musical career began to wane, Gene first turned to Hollywood and attempted to make it as a movie star.  First starring in“one-reeler” comedies and later moving on to small parts in larger pictures.  For a brief period, he attempted to become a singing cowboy, ala Gene Autry,

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