Editor’s Note: This is the conclusion of John Agan’s article about Gene Austin.
In 1956, Austin began a comeback in earnest. The success of the movie based on the life of Al Jolson, sparked an interest in the stories of other great entertainers of the 1920s. On June 4, 1956, the following article appeared in the New York Times:
“The life of Gene Austin, Texas-born blacksmith and cowboy who helped to establish the singing vogue called crooning in the early Twenties will be portrayed in a motion picture. ‘The Lonesome Road’ is