Gene Gene the Dancing Machine of 'Gong Show' fame dies

March 15, 2015 5:05 PM

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(Reuters) - Eugene Patton, the stage hand who earned fame as "Gene Gene The Dancing Machine" on the quirky talent romp "The Gong Show," has died at the age of 82 after suffering from diabetes, his family said.

At what were supposed to be spontaneous moments in the show launched in the 1970s that celebrated offbeat and sometimes awful acts, Count Basie's upbeat "Jumpin’ at the Woodside" would blast out and host Chuck Barris would bellow out "Gene Gene the Dancing Machine," setting the stage for Patton.

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