November 19th in Gennett History…

Big Bill Broonzy Starr Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

1930: Big Bill Broonzy (Big Bill Johnson) recorded “How You Want It Done” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion 16172, Superior 2560, and Savoy 501. Georgia Tom Dorsey, Jane Lucas and The Hokum Boys in Richmond and Carson Robison in NYC. also recorded for Gennett on this day in 1930. The Champion issue sold 1,561 copies in 1931 and 1932. Here is a video of Broonzy performing “How You Want It Done” in 1957. 

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November 18th in Gennett History…

1924: Lois Deppe recorded “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” in Richmond, Indiana. It appeared on Gennett Personal 20021. The personnel included featured Lois Deppe (v) and Earl Hines (p). This recording appeared on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” 

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November 17th in Gennett History…

1922: Happiness Boys (Billy Jones and Ernest Hare) recorded “You Tell Her – I Stutter” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5007. This YouTube video states that the Happiness Boys recorded this version in October and it appeared on Edison. Whether this is the Gennett or the Edison, it’s still good. 

 

1928: Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra’s recorded “Doin’ the New Lowdown” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6697, Champion 15638 (George Tucker and His Novelty Orch.) The Champion issue sold approx. 700 copies between 1928 and 1932. 

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November 16th in Gennett History…

Lawrence Welk Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

 

1928: Lawrence Welk and His Novelty Orchestra recorded “Spiked Beer” in Richmond. The recording appeared on Gennett 6712, Gurney 20341, and Champion 15639. The ledger noted “Personal, Lawrence Welk, Yankton, S.D.” The Gurney Seed and Nursery Co. was based in Yankton, S.D. 

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November 14th in Gennett History…

1850: Happy 168th Birthday, Jesse Walter Fewkes! Fewkes was born on Nov. 14, 1850 and became a leading archeologist of the American Southwest. Fewkes was also a renowned field recordist with the Smithsonian. He supervised the recording of the Hopi Indians in Arizona on 6/2/1926. “Bean Harvest (PowamuKatcina)” by Honyi (Head of Antelope Priesthood, Walpi Tribe) appeared on Gennett 5758. 

 

1989: Wild Bill Davison passed away. He recorded with the Chubb-Stenberg Orchestra in Richmond in 1925. Gennett set up demonstration recording / broadcasting studio at the Cincinnati Radio Show in March 1925 and had the Chubb-Steinberg Orchestra record “Because They All Love You” for the audience. Gennett had been begun recording in Cincinnati the previous year, in a makeshift studio housed in the Starr Piano Company store. Chubb-Steinberg’s “Because They All Love You” was issued (Gennett 5663 and Claxtonola 40421), and the Gennett label states, “Played – Recorded – Broadcast at the Cincinnati Radio Show,” though the recording on the record was later done in the Richmond studio. 

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November 13th in Gennett History…

Doc Roberts and Asa Martin Gennett Medallion

 

1925: Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts (f) and Edgar Boaz (g) recorded “And the Cat Came Back the Very Next Day” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 3235, Challenge 101 as by Uncle Jim Hawkins and Dock Roberts on Challenge 501. 

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November 12th in Gennett History…

Baileys Lucky Seven Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

1925: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “Then I’ll Be Happy” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 3192, Champion 15055, Silvertone 3016, Aco G-15936, Beltona 1063, Coliseum 1915, and Guardsman 1873. Of the musicians known, this recording featured Arthur Fields (v), Red Nichols and Phil Napoleon (c), Miff Mole (tb), Fred Morrow (ts), Joe Tarto (bs), and Vic Berton (d). The Champion issue sold approx. 5,400 copies in 1926 and 1927.

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