1922: Cal Smith’s American Orchestra recorded “Down in Maryland” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5020.
1927: John D. Fox with Cryin’ Sam Collins recorded “The Moaning Blues” in Richmond. This recording appeared on Gennett 6352 and Bell 1190.
1943: Fats Waller passed away. He recorded with Caroline Johnson on “Mama’s Losin’ a Mighty Good Chance” in NYC on April 23, 1926. It appeared on Gennett 3307, Buddy 8033, and Champion 15102.
Gennett 5226 William Jenning Bryan
Gennett 5226 – A “Christmas Greetings” from William Jennings Bryant. Bryant recorded “The 23rd Psalm” in Richmond on July 3, 1923 with the String Quartette from Hotel Gibson Orchestra.
December 13th in Gennett History, 1927: The Maple City Four (WLS Artist) recorded “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” & “Silver Threads Among The Gold” in Chicago. It appeared on Gennett 6391, Champion 15487, and a few others. A royalty statement for the Champion sent to L. G. Petterson, noted sales of approx. 1,100 copies in 1928. The Maple City Four were Art Janes, Fritz Meissner, Al Rice, and Pat Petterson. Here is a 1938 video of The Maple City Four performing “The Green Grass Grew All Around.”
December 12th in Gennett History, 1924: Art Payne and his Orchestra recorded “Oh Maud” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 5631, Champion 15036 as by South Shore Melody Boys, and Claxtonola 40413 as by The Kentucky Cardinals. The Champion release sold 581 copies in 1925 and 1926. The known player was Ray Putnam (sax or clarinet).
1923: Josie Miles recorded “Awful Moanin’ Blues” in NYC. The recording appeared on Gennett 5339 and Silvertone 4051. It featured Miles (v) and Fletcher Henderson (p).
1928: Jack Golding recorded “In The Big Rock Candy Mountain” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6715, Champion 15646, and Supertone 9342. The Champion issue sold over 15,000 copies between 1928 and 1931.
Baileys Lucky Seven Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
1922: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “Baby Blue Eyes” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5013 and Starr-Gennett 9330. The track featured Jules Levy, Jr (c), Charlie Panelli (tb), Loring McMurray and Jimmy Lytell (sax/cl), Nick Lucas (banjo) and Jack Roth (d).
1922: Timothy Nicholson at age 94 made a personal recording in Richmond, Indiana. He recorded “Statement Concerning Friend’s (Quaker’s) Richmond Declaration of Faith and the Organization of the Five Years Meeting” and “Why and How Corporal Punishment Ceased in Indiana State Prisons.”
Timothy Nicholson Gennett Personal
1923: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “I’m Goin’ South” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5334 and Starr-Gennett 9485. Known performers on this side included Phil Napoleon and Earl Oliver (c), Miff Mole (tb), Frank Signorelli (p), and Jack Roth (d).