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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November 11th in Gennett History…

1927: Emil Seidel and his Orchestra recorded “Together, We Two” in Richmond.  The recording appeared on Gennett 6324, Champion 15400, and Superior 300 and featured Cliff Williams (vox & d), Byron Smart (c), Oscar Rossberg (tb), Dick Kent, Gene Woods, and Maurice Bennett (sax), Hoagy Carmichael and Emil Seidel (p), Don Kimmell (g/bjo), and Paul Brown (bs). The Champion side sold 2,094 copies in 1928.

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November 9th in Gennett History…

Happy 117th Birthday, Muggsy Spanier! Spanier was born on November 9, 1901 in Chicago. He recorded at Gennett with the Bucktown Five, including ”Hot Mittens” on 2/25/1924 in Richmond. 

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November 8th in Gennett History…

Alberta Hunter Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

1924: The Red Onion Jazz Babies recorded “Texas Moaner Blues” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5594, Silvertone 4033, and Jazz Collector L – 94. The recording featured Louis Armstrong (c), Alberta Hunter (as Josephine Beatty) (v), Aaron Thompson (tb), Buster Baily (sax/cl), Buddy Christian (bjo), and Lil Hardin Armstrong (p). 

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November 7th in Gennett History…

Baileys Lucky Seven Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

 

1923: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “Roamin To Wyomin” in NYC on Gennett 5301. Of the musicians known, this recording featured Earl Oliver (c), Charlie Panelli (tb), Frank Signorelli (p), Nick Lucas, Tony Colucci or John Cali (bjo), and Jack Roth (d). 

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