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Hank (Kentucky Hillbilly) Keene

Hank was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Attended grammar school in New York, Illinois, Florida and Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky High School and then went to attend Tufts College in Boston.

He had theatrical experience from working in vaudeville theatres and with stock companies.

Mr. Keene wrote and recorded many songs and at compiled at least four songbooks.

Had a radio program that was heard on 'practically all of the large stations either thru the network or on electrical transcriptions.'

His most popular recording was "The Last Round-Up" and his most popular compositions was "The Runaway Boy".

"This is Hank Keene's gang now on the air
We hope our friends are list'ning ev'rywhere
And the reason that we're here is to try to bring you cheer
And to drive away your worries and your cares" —Hank Keene's Gang on The Air

—From the "Hank Keene's Collection of Original Mountain, Cowboy, Hill-Billy and Folks Songs", published by Hank Keene Incorporated (no year indicated)

Trivia / Timeline Notes

  • At age 9, learned to play the piano
  • At age 11, performed publicly on the radio in St. Louis

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Recordings
 
Bluebird
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5241 A The Last Roundup
  5241 B Home On The Range
  5254 A Let's Go Down To The Old State Fair
  5254 B Keene's Song Of The Crow
  5339 A After The Roundup
  5339 B I'M Goin' West
 
Brunswick
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  516 A The Runaway Boy
  516 A The Runaway Boy
  516 B Little Sweetheart Of The Prairie
 
Montgomery Ward
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  4397 A The Last Round-Up
  4397 B Home On The Range
  4446 A I'm Goin' West
  4446 B After The Roundup
  4447 A Keene's Song Of The Crow
  4447 B Let's Go Down To The Old State Fair
  4448 A Yodeling Blues
  4448 B I've Got A Gal In The Mountains


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