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
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
Trivia / Timeline Notes
- At age 9, learned to play the piano
- At age 11, performed publicly on the radio in St. Louis