Stratton circa 1900
Eugene Augustus Rühlmann
May 8, 1861
|Died||September 15, 1918 (aged 57)|
|Other names||Two Welsleys|
|Occupation||Music hall dancer & singer|
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 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.
- 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.