Northwest Louisiana has gained a well-deserved reputation for producing many outstanding performers in the fields of country music and the blues.  Artists such as Huddie Ledbetter and the many stars that performed at the Louisiana Hayride have worldwide reputations.  However, few people seem to be aware that a man known as the one of the most “popular crooners of the nineteen twenties” who received the first “gold record” ever presented for his 1927 recording of “My Blue Heaven,” claimed Minden as home.   Gene Austin sold 86 million records for RCA-Victor during the years between 1924 and 1934,

OR
OR

Leave a Reply