Gene Carroll and
Glen Rowell (Jake and Lena)

Gene Carroll and Glenn Rowell

Gene Carroll and Glenn Rowell, circa 1930

Gene Carroll and Glenn Rowell were Vaudeville performers who started a radio show — called the Gene and Glen Show — on WTAM in Cleveland, Ohio around 1930. The pair became famous for their characters Jake and Lena. WTAM originated the program for nationwide broadcast on the NBC Red Network. It aired six days a week for five years.

The Recordings

Whippoorwill

 record label Group: Gene Carroll and Glen Rowell
Label: Victor Matrix Number: Victor (22385)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: March 29, 1930
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They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree

 record label Group: Gene Carroll and Glen Rowell
Label: Victor Matrix Number: Victor (22385)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: March 29, 1930
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2 thoughts on “Gene Carroll and Glen Rowell”

  1. Jim Bull says:

    My grandmother, Tina B. Cornic co-composed “The Message of My Spanish Garden Rose.” On sheet music says: “Featured by Gene and Glen” with their photos. Recording exist?

    1. Thomas says:

      Jim – Thank you for your note. I cannot find a single recording anywhere of this song either. It is possible that Gene and Glen played it live on the radio, in which case, it may be on an old transcription. I’ll keep an eye out!
      –Thomas

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