1923: The Vagabonds recorded “Sweet Butter” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5291 and Starr-Gennett 9471 and featured Frank Cush and Bill Moore (tpt), Lloyd “Ole” Olsen (tb), Bobby Davis and Arnold Brilhart (as/cl), Freddy Cusick (ts), Adrian Rollini (bs), Irving Brodsky (pn), Ray Kitchingman (bjo), and Stan King (d).
1926: The Nazarene Congregational Church Choir recorded “Bye and Bye” in NYC. The recording appeared on Black Patti 8018, Gennett 6004, Champion 15358, Herschel Gold Seal 2016, Silvertone 5022, and Herwin 92002. A royalty accounting for the Champion release was sent to Harrison G. Smith and noted sales of 547 in 1927 and 1928.
1929: Professor I.G. and Mrs Greer recorded “Sweet William and Fair Ellen” in NYC. It appeared on Paramount 3236.
1923: Josie Miles recorded “He’s Never Gonna Throw Me Down” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5292 and Starr-Gennett 9475 and featured Miles (vox) and Fletcher Henderson (pn).
1924: Vernon Dalhart recorded “Prisoner’s Song” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 3030 & 5588, Champion 15073 (over 6,200 copies sold), Buddy 8013, Challenge 163 & 319, Silvertone 3030 & 5588, Weile 20174, and others and featured Dalhart (vox).
1932: The Buffalo Ragged Five recorded “All Of My Sins Are Taken Away” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion S – 16526 and Champion 45111. A royalty statement for the Ch S-16526 to A. J. Skeen, noted sales of 88 copies in 1932.
1922: Joseph Kalman recorded “Das Steierland” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 4988 and featured Kalman singing a German folksong with an orchestra.
1928: Carl Fenton’s New Yorkers recorded “You’re The Cream In My Coffee” in NYC. The recording appeared on Gennett 6643, Champion 15640, Silvertone 8312, and Supertone 9273. The recording featured vocalist Roy Strom. The Champion release sold 1,426 copies in 1928 and 1929.
1928: The New Yorkers (Carl Fenton and his Orchestra) recorded “Where the Shy Little Violets Grow” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 6695, Champion 15619 (2,032 copies sold), Supertone 9274, and Silvertone 8313 and featured Roy Strom (vox).
1929: Tenderfoot Edwards recorded “Seven Sisters Blues” in NYC. It appeared on Paramount 12873.
1929: Dixie Sacred Trio recorded “Don’t Want You To Go” in NYC. It appeared on Paramount 3228 and featured Frank Welling (v & sg) and John McGhee (v & g).
1925: Jack Stillman’s Oriole Orchestra recorded “Give Me Your Heart” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 3175 and Champion 15052. Th Champion side sold over 1,500 copies.
1928: The sound effects team recorded “Excited Crowd Voices (Baseball – Football Games, etc) in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett Sound Effects 1001 & 0-126 and Gennett Electrical Transcriptions 1001.
1929: The Westbrook Conservatory Entertainers recorded “Silent Night” in NYC. The recording appeared on Paramount 3197 and Broadway 8228. It featured vocalist John Westbrook (Walter). The Gennett Ledger noted, “Made for New York Recording Lab, Pt. Washington, Wis., title is ‘Silent Night Holy Night.’”
1929: The Too Bad Boys recorded “Corrine Corrina Blues” in NYC. It appeared on Paramount 12861.
October 21st in Gennett History, 1924: Russell Miller recorded “(a) Golden Tresses Clog (b) Wilson Clog (c) Rustic Clog” in Richmond. The track featured Miller (v) and D. W. Brundage (p). The ledger book noted “Personal – Russell Miller – Bill Russell Store and Billed Store 11/8.” It was released on the personal label Miller 20079.
October 21 in Gennett History, 1929: The Carolina Ladies Quartet recorded “My Loved Ones Are Waiting for Me” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 7038, Champion 15879, and Challenge 426. A performer’s royalty statement sent to Mrs. H. H. Matthews noted sales of approx. 2,500 copies between 1929 and 1932.
1890: Happy 131st Birthday, Jelly Roll Morton! Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe was born on October 20, 1890 in New Orleans. Morton recorded “Mr. Jelly Lord” with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings on July 17, 1923 in Richmond.
1925: Nathan Glantz recorded “Glow Worm (Gluhwurnchen)” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 3170 and featured Glantz (as) and Thomas Griselle (p).
1932: Frank Dudgeon recorded “I Hate to Be Called a Hobo” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion 16532 and featured Dudgeon (v & g). It sold 315 copies in 1933. The West Virginia Mountain Boy appeared on several barn dances including WLS and release many songbooks, one of which was purchased by Henry Ford.
1949: Cryin’ Sam Collins passed away. Gennett recorded Collins three times in 1927. Included in the August 27th session was “It Won’t Be Long,” which appeared on Gennett 6307, Champion 15453, Conquerer 7266.
1921: Bennie Krueger’s Orchestra recorded “I’ve Got the Joys” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 4793, Starr Gennett 9176, Connorized 3029, and Rich-Tone 7013.
1928: The Sound Effects Team recorded “Jingle Bells (Sleigh Bell Effect with Orchestra” and “Sailing O’er the Bounding Man (Orchestra with Steamboat Whistle Effect’ in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett Electrical Transcription 1089.
1929: Lei’s Royal Hawaiians recorded “On the Beach at Waikiki” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 7048, Champion 15850 (over 4,500 copies sold), and Supertone 9654 and featured Francis Lei (v).
1928: Henry Bandy recorded four sides in Richmond. Gennett rejected all four sides by the fiddler. Bandy was third person inducted onto WSM’s popular Grand Ole Opry show. Here is a recording “Five Up” that appeared on another label.
1929: The Arkansas Woodchopper recorded “Frankie and Johnny in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 7036, Champion 15852, 33064, & 45058, Superior 2590, and Supertone 9569. The recording featured Luther W. Ossenbrink (v & g). Arky was a mainstay of the popular “National Barn Dance” on WLS.
1936: Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg made a political speech full of rebuttals that included recordings of President Roosevelt. The Senator from Michigan started by playing a recording of Roosevelt’s oath of office in 1933. Vandenberg accused President Roosevelt of forming a socialistic, radical “Roosevelt Party.” It appeared on Gennett Historical #2. A Gennett 1941 catalog stated “We introduce here our initial release of Historical and Educational recordings reproducing decisive moments of History, made as they occurred, or reproduced exclusively for Gennett by the author,” and that this recording was “1 double faced 16-inch 33 1/3 RPM $9.00”