Will Shade and Charlie Burse
August 3rd in Gennett History, 1932: The Picaninny Jug Band recorded “You Got To Have That Thing” and “Bottle It Up and Go” in Richmond. The recordings appeared on Champion 16615 and Varsity 6025. A performers royalty accounting to J. L. Wooten, noted sales of 123 copies in 1933 and 1934. The recordings featured Charlie Burse (v & g), Vol Stevens (v & md.), Otto Gilmore (d), Will Shade (harmonica), and Jab Jones (jug).
1925: Violinist Scipione Guidi recorded three sides in NYC. “Liebesleid (Love’s Sorrow)” and “Rondino” appeared on Gennett 10098 with “Solvejg’s Song” released on Gennett 3105.
1930: Bert Stock and his Orchestra recorded four sides in Richmond. Here, his granddaughter returns several of these recordings to Richmond as a donation to the Starr – Gennett Foundation.
1885: Happy 132nd Birthday, King Oliver! (5/11/1885)
1923: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “March of the Mannikins” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 5153, Starr-Gennett 9382, and Apex 428.
1928: Oscar L. Coffey recorded “Six Feet of Earth Makes Us All One Size” in Richmond. The recording appeared on Champion 15523, Gennett 6496, and Supertone 9325. The Champion issue sold over 3,000 copies between 1928 and 1930.
1903: Happy 114th Birthday Cliff Carlisle! (5/6/1903). Carlisle recorded over two dozen sides as both a featured performer and sideman for Gennett and Champion, including “Chicken Roost Blues” with Wilbur Ball from 12/9/1931. It appeared on Champion 16364, Champion 45132, Superior 2777, Montgomery Ward 8036, and Decca X-1238. Champion 16364 sold only 250 copies in 1932.
1924: The Wolverine Orchestra recorded “Riverboat Shuffle” in Richmond. It was released on Gennett 5454. The track featured Bix Beiderbecke (c); Jimmy Hartwell (cl); George Johnson (ts); Dick Voynow (p); Bob Gillette (bj/g); Min Leibrook (tu); Vic Moore (d). Ninety-one years ago, the band also recorded “Copenhagen,” “Oh Baby,” and “Susie.”
1901: Happy 116th Birthday, Blind Willie McTell! (5/5/1901). The guitarist recorded with Curley Weaver for Champion with many of the records also ending up on Decca in April 1935 in Chicago. Here Weaver and McTell recorded their “Two Faced Woman.”
1977: Prolific Gennett recording artist and organizer, Sam Lanin died. Lanin’s Famous Players recorded ‘”Wabash Blues” in NYC on 11/24/1921. It appeared on Gennett 4796, Connorized 3019, Edison Bell Winner 3643, Rich-Tone 7013, and Starr-Gennett 9180.
1928: Allison’s Sacred Harp Singers recorded “Sweet Morning” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6606.