Pace Jubilee Singers Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
February 20th in Gennett History, 1928: The Pace Jubilee Singers recorded six sides in Chicago. Three of them went unissued. “My Father’s House” and “In My Heart” were paired for a Champion issue (15473) under the pseudonym Dixie Jubilee Singers. This royalty ledger sheet noted sales of around 700 copies in 1928. It shows a detailed accounting for the copyright owners (Glenn Coleman & Co.), but no entries for the performer’s royalties.
Bix Beiderbecke’s Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
February 18th in Gennett History, 1924: The Wolverine Orchestra recorded “Jazz Me Blues” in Richmond. This recording appeared on Gennett 5408, Brunswick 02203, Hot Jazz Clubs of America HC-120, Hot Record Society 25, and Temple 546. The track featured Bix Beiderbecke (c), Al Grande (tb), Jimmy Hartwell (as), George Johnson (ts), Dick Voynow (p), Min Leibrook (bs), Bob Gillette (bjo), and Vic Moore (d).
February 17th in Gennett History, 1936: The Mound City Blowers recorded “You Hit the Spot” in NYC. This recording occurred for the Decca label who had recently licensed the Champion trademark from Harry Gennett. The recording appeared on Champion 40098.
February 16th in Gennett History, 1925: The Chubb – Steinberg Orchestra recorded “Because They All Love You” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 5663, Silvertone 5663, and Claxtonola 40421. It featured Art Hicks (vox),Burt Allen & Wild Bill Davison (c), Frank Bamberger (tb), Ray Evans, Homer Beecraft and Jack Weber (sax), Jack Weber (cl), Jack Saatkamp (p), Jack Saatkamp (bs), Carl Clauve (bjo), Art Hicks (f), and Bud Ebel (d).
February 15th in Gennett History, 1930: Walter Taylor with His Washboard Trio recorded “Diamond Ring Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 7189, Champion 15995, Supertone 9681, and Varsity 6044. The track featured John Byrd (g) and C.J. Anderson (bjo). A Champion royalty ledger noted to C. J. Anderson, John Byrd, Walter Taylor and W. R. Calaway, noted sales of approx. 800 copies between 1930 and 1931. It also notes that Anderson and Taylor would receive a 1/3, Byrd a 1/12th, and Calaway would receive a 1/4 of the royalties.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Gennett Records! Nathan Glantz and His Orchestra perform “I Found A Way To Love You” just for today! It was recorded on 1/23/1925 in NYC and appeared on Gennett 5648.
Another take on Valentine’s Day from Gennett Records – Lottie Kimbrough’s “Lost Lover Blues.” She recorded it with Winston Holmes and Miles Pruitt on 8/21/1928 in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6607, Champion 15591, Superior 2717, and Supertone 9286. Many people shared her sentiment, as the Champion issue sold over 5,500 copies between 1928 and 1931.
1959: Warren ‘Baby’ Dodds passed away. The percussionist recorded with King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. Hear him on this complete recording of the historic April 4-5, 1923 session in Richmond.
Happy Mardi Gras from Gennett! We offer New Orleans native, Ferd “Jelly Roll” Morton performing “New Orleans Joys.” He recorded it in Richmond, Indiana on July 17, 1923. The recording appeared on Gennett 5486, AF A-09, Tempo R-5, XX 13, Biltmore 1070, British Rhythm Society 3, HJCA HC-55, Jazz Collector L-132, and Silvertone 4041.