December 2nd in Gennett History, 1932: Jess Hillard Recorded “Blue Yodel No. 10 (Ground Hog Rootin’ In My Back Yard)”

December 2nd in Gennett History, 1932: Jess Hillard recorded “Blue Yodel No. 10 (Ground Hog Rootin’ In My Back Yard)” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion 16525. Hillard sang and played guitar. 

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December 1st in Gennett History, 1934: Blind Blake Passed Away

December 1st in Gennett History, 1934: Blind Blake passed away. He recorded “Diddie Wa Diddie” on August 17, 1929, in Richmond. It appeared on Paramount 12888 and Broadway 5105 (Blind George Martin). 

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December 1st in Gennett History, 1930: Gene Autry recorded “A Yodeling Hobo”

Gene Autry Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

Gene Autry Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

December 1st in Gennett History, 1930: Gene Autry recorded “A Yodeling Hobo” in NYC. Released on Champion 45172, Decca 5527, Montgomery Ward 4932 and 8017. Autry sang and played the guitar. Champion 45172 sold 555 copies for the period ending in September 1936. 

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November 29th in Gennett History, 1929: Bert Stock Recorded “Turn on the Heat”

November 29th in Gennett History, 1929: Bert Stock and His Orchestra recorded “Turn on the Heat” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 7059, Champion 15886, and Supertone 9585.  The recording featured Doc Mayer (v), Joe Barone and George McKee (c), Delmar “Dick” Evans (tb), Hap Swanson and Lee Loveland (as/cl), Bert Stock and Edward Walker (p), Billy Yates (g), Hank August (bs), Billy Yates (bjo), and Doc Meyers (d/xyl). The Champion issue sold 2,746 copies in 1930. 

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November 28th in Gennett History, 1925: Bailey’s Lucky Seven Recorded “I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Me)”

Miff Mole

Miff Mole

November 28th in Gennett History, 1925: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Me)” in NYC. The recording appears on Gennett 3204, Champion 15065, Beltona 979, Guardsman 1876, and Scala 763. It features Arthur Fields (v), Red Nichols (c), Phil Napoleon (c), Miff Mole (tb), Dick Johnson ? (sax/cl), Bobby Davis ? (sax/cl), Fred Morrow (ts/cl), Joe Tarto (bs), John Cali ? (bjo), Vic Berton (d). Champion 15065 sold approx. 1,900 copies in 1926 and 1927. 

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November 22nd in Gennett History, 1935: Eddy-Reilly and their “Onyx Club Boys” Recorded in NYC

November 22nd in Gennett History, 1935: Eddy-Reilly and their “Onyx Club Boys” recorded four sides in NYC. They were released on Champion 40066 and Champion 40067. The titles were “I’d Rather Listen To Your Eyes,” “I’d Love To Take Orders From You,” “Here’s To Romance,” and “At Your Service, Madame.” These four recordings featured Wayne Gregg (v), Eddie Farley (c), Mike Riley (tb), Frank Langone (cl), Conrad Langone (p), Arthur Ens (g), and George Yorke (bs). Decca released “The Music Goes Around and Around” but it gives you an idea of their sound. 

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Happy 117th Birthday, Hoagy Carmichael! (11/22/1899)

Hoagy Carmichael Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

Hoagy Carmichael Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

Happy 117th Birthday, Hoagy Carmichael! Carmichael, a Gennett Walk of Fame inductee, was born on 11/22/1899. Hitch’s Happy Harmonists, one of his first recordings, recorded ‘Boneyard Shuffle’ in Richmond on May 19, 1925. It featured Carmichael (p), Fred Rollison (c), Jerry Bump (tb), Dewey Neal & Harry Wright (sax), Maurice Mays (bjo) and Earl McDonell (d). It appeared on Gennett 3066 and Buddy 8042. 

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