Baileys Lucky Seven Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
June 16th in Gennett History, 1922: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “Nobody Lied” in NYC. Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards recorded kazoo and some scat vocals on this track. It appeared on Gennett 4909, Starr-Gennett 4909, Apex 471, Edison Bell Winner 3796, and Westport 3018.
1895: Happy 123rd Birthday, Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards! (6/14/1895). He recorded ‘Homesick’ with Bailey’s Lucky Seven on 9/20/1922. It appeared on Gennett 4979. The track featured Edwards (vox), poss. Phil Napoleon (c), Vincente Grande or Charlie Panelli (tb), Gus Sharpe (sax), Doc Behrendson or Johnny Costello, Gus Sharpe (cl), John Cali (bjo), and other unknown musicians.
1929: Charley Patton recorded thirteen sides in Richmond for Paramount Records. Included in this master’s repertoire that day was “Shake It and Break It” which appeared on Paramount 12869.
Here is another super one, “Pea Vine Blues,” which appeared on Paramount 12877.
June 12th in Gennett History, 1929: Paul Miles and the Red Fox Chasers recorded “Makin’ Licker in North Carolina” Parts 1-4 in Richmond. Parts 1 and 2 appeared on Gennett 6886 and Supertone 9456 (as The Stone Mountain Boys). The band featured Guy Brooks, Bob Cranford, Paul Miles, and A.P. Thompson.
June 11th in Gennett History, 1921: Sam Moore recorded “Mother Machree (Saw Solo) in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 4747 and Starr – Gennett 9146 and featured Frank Banta on piano. Here is his Victor recording of “Mother Machree” with Horace Davis. Gennett’s 1921 catalog supplement noted Moore played “an Atkins No 64 silver steel hand saw, played with violin bow, was used on this side.”
June 10th in Gennett History, 1926: Dorothy and Hezekiah Jenkins- recorded “Curious Blues” in NYC. This recording appeared on Gennett 3335 and Champion 15127. It was coupled with their recording of “Miserable Blues” and carried the notation of “Race Record” on it. The Champion pressing sold 358 copies in 1926 and 1927.
June 3rd in Gennett History, 1922: Starr Piano president and Gennett records founder, Henry Gennett passed away in Dayton, Ohio.
Henry and Alice Gennett in Hyde Park, London circa 1911
June 1st in Gennett History, 1923: Richard M. Jones recorded “Jazzin’ Babies Blues” in Richmond. This solo piano piece appeared on Gennett 5174 and Jazz Collector L-85.