Eugene Augustus Rühlmann (May 8, 1861 – September 15, 1918) was an American-born dancer and singer. Born in Buffalo, New York, he adopted the stage name Eugene Stratton and spent most of his career in British music halls. Stratton was a member of the illustrious entertainment fraternity, the Grand Order of Water Rats.
Stratton circa 1900
Eugene Augustus Rühlmann
May 8, 1861
|Died||September 15, 1918 57) (aged|
|Other names||Two Welsleys|
|Occupation||Music hall dancer & singer|
Stratton first performed at the age of 10 in an acrobatic act called the Two Welsleys. He appeared as a dancer in 1873 under the name of Master Jean. He spent some time in a circus before joining a minstrel group.
He went to England in 1880 and was by this time using the name of Stratton. In England, he worked his way up to the main song & dance man in the Moore & Burgess Minstrel Show, and in 1883 he married Moore's daughter, Bella. He left the minstrels to go on the music hall circuit in 1887, first as a double act, then solo. Although at one time he used an Irish voice, he mainly appeared as a "black-faced" singer. He also performed in pantomime, for the first time in 1896.
His friendship & association with Leslie Stuart gave him many of the songs for which he was known. During the period 1899 to 1911 he made records of most of Stuart's songs.
- Aunt Mandy
- The Cake Walk
- A Carol of Stars
- The Dandy Coloured Coon
- Is yer mammie always with ye?
- I don't know nobody
- I Lub a Lubly Gal
- I'm the father of a little black coon
- Lily of Laguna (There is a poster and a recording of him singing this, with a remarkable Irish accent)
- Little Dolly Daydream
- Love me little
- My little octoroon
- My second time on earth
- She's mine, I'm hers
- Waitress' love letter
- When de golden sun went down
- Whistling Coon
- Won't you love me
- "Biography of a Water Rat".
- Music Hall and Variety Artistes Burial Places at www.arthurlloyd.co.uk
- "What a time".
- Leslie Stuart (1897), Little Dolly Daydream: Pride of Idaho, London: Francis, Day & Hunter Ltd., OCLC 47314690.
- "Roud Number: V1722". Broadside Ballads Online. Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
- hawkmoon03111951 (24 January 2010). "Lily of Laguna - Eugene Stratton" – via YouTube.