May 12th in Gennett History…

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.  

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May 11th in Gennett History…

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. 

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May 9th in Gennett History…

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. 

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May 6th in Gennett History…

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.”

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May 5th in Gennett History…

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.

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May 4th in Gennett History…

1928: Allison’s Sacred Harp Singers recorded “Sweet Morning” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6606. 

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May 3rd in Gennett History…

1923: Ladd’s Black Aces recorded “Long Lost Mama (Daddy Misses You)” in NYC. The track appeared on Gennett 5150 and Starr-Gennett 9409 and featured Phil Napoleon (c), Charlie Panelli (tb), Jimmy Lytell (cl), Frank Signorelli (p), and Jack Roth (d). The picture of the band in the Gennett catalog showed an all African American outfit, even though all of the members were white.

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