June 25 in Gennett History…

1900: Happy 122nd Birthday, Asa Martin! (6/25/1900). The 2014 Gennett Walk of Fame inductee, guitarist, Asa Martin, recorded “Jake Walk Blues” with Roy Hobbs on 4/5/1933 in Richmond. It appeared on Champion S – 16627 and Champion 45034. 

1925: The Ginn String Orchestra recorded “Instrum’nt’l Classics – Rhythmic and Program” in NYC.  It appeared on Ginn G 5-A and featured members of the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Henry Hadley. 

1928: Calloway’s West Virginian Mountaineers recorded “Cornshucker’s Frolic” in Richmond. The recording appeared on Gennett 6546 and Supertone 9177.  The recording featured John McGhee (g), David Miller (g), Miller Wikel (f), and Bill Charles (f). 

1928: Miller Winkel recorded “May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister?” In Richmond.  It appeared on Champion 15545 and Conquerer 7254 and featured Winkel (v) John McGhee (g), and Bill Charles (f). 

1928: The Gennett Instrumental Trio recorded “Belfry Chimes” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 6653, Champion 15604 (722 copies sold), Silvertone 8276, Supertone 9113, and Varsity 5143.

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June 24 in Gennett History…

1925: Vernon Dalhart recorded “The Little Rosewood Casket” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 3084 & 20323, Challenge 164 & 322, Apex 386, Crown 81032, Domino 21152, Herwin 75506, Melotone 81032, Silvertone 3084, Starr-Gennett 9632, and Sterling 281032 and featured Dalhart (v) and Carson Robison (g).

1925: Vernon Dalhart recorded his hit “The Wreck of the Southern Old ’97” in NYC. The recording appeared on Buddy 8013, Challenge 161, Challenge 320, Champion 15121, Gennett 3019, Gennett 5588, Herwin 75503, and Silvertone 5588. Here is a video that featured photos and info from the actual The Wreck of the Southern Old ’97. 

1925: The Original Indiana Five recorded “Two Tired Eyes” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 3093 and featured James Christie (t), Charles Panelli (tb), Nick Vitalo (cl), Tony Clucci (bjo), Harry Ford (pn?) and Tom Morton (d). 

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June 23 in Gennett History…

1924: The Windy City Jazzers recorded “Hard Hearted Hannah” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 5494, Starr-Gennett 9573, Edison Bell Winner 4104, and Claxtonola 40346 and featured Harry Reser (bjo), Thomas Griselle (pn), Ed Smalle (v & k), and Vernon Dalhart (v & k). 

1928: The Boys from Wildcat Hollow recorded “Fiddlin Bootleggers, Part 1 and 2” in Richmond. The recordings appeared on Champion 15633, Champion 45010, Gennett 6585, and Supertone 9177. The band (Monroe County Bottle Tippers) featured Claude Davis (v & g), Lowe Stokes (v & f) and Bert Layne (v).

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June 22 in Gennett History…

1923: Ladd’s Black Aces recorded “Broken Hearted Blues” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 5187, Starr-Gennett 9426, and Edison Bell Winner 3948.  Th track featured Phil Napoleon (t), Charlie Panelli (tb), Jimmy Lytell (cl), Frank Signorelli (pn), and Jack Roth (d). 

1927: Bill Bishop recorded “Medley of Old Favorites, pt 1” in St. Paul.  It appeared on Gennett 6203, Champion 15331 (~6,500 copies sold), Challenge 308, Silvertone 5081 & 8184, and Supertone 9171 and featured Bishop (g & h).  

1928: Byrd Moore recorded “The Bully of the Town” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6763 and Supertone 9399 and featured Moore (v & g) and Marion Underwood (bjo). 

1933: Beverly Long recorded “Soldier’s Sweetheart” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion 16659 and featured B. Long (v) and Jimmy Long (g).

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June 21 in Gennett History…

1907: Happy 115th Birthday to Bud Dant! (6/21/1907). The trumpeter recorded four sides with Hoagy Carmichael’s Collegians on 4/27/1928 in Richmond. The recordings included “March of the Hoodlums,” “Walking the Dog” (Gennett 6474, Champion 16453, and Champion 40001) and two unreleased sides, “Shimmy Shawobble,” and “Smile.” 

1923: Henry Moeller recorded “I Hear a Thrush at Eve” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 10082 and featured Moeller (v).

1926: Duke Ellington and his Washingtonians recorded “Animal Crackers” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 3342, Champion 15118 (1,439 copies sold), Buddy 8063, Challenge 135, AFCDJ A-01, and Tempo R-17.  The recording featured Bubber Miley (t), Charlie Johnson (t), Joe Nanton (tb), Otto Hardwick (as/bs), Harvey Boone (cl), Ellington (pn), Fred Guy (bjo), Sonny Greer (d), and Mack Shaw (tu). 

1929: Winston Holmes and Charlie Turner recorded “Rounder’s Lament” in Richmond.  The recording appeared on Paramount 12798.  

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June 20 in Gennett History…

1922: Joe Samuels and his Master Players recorded “The Sneak” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 4910, Starr-Gennett 9272, and Winner 3796.

1924: The Wolverine Orchestra recorded “Tiger Rag” in Richmond. The only known Gennett recording is one copy of a test pressing, otherwise it appeared on Brunswick 02205, Hot Record Society 24, Polydor 15387, and Temple 524. The track featured Bix Biederbecke (c), Jimmy Hartwell (as/cl), George Johnson (ts), Dick Voynow (p), Min Leibook (b), Bob Gillette (bj), and Vic Moore (d).

1927: Sam Ku, Jr. recorded “Farewell Blues” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 6190 and Champion 15337. The Champion issue sold 2,043 copies in 1927 and 1928 (and 2 copies in 1929) and the performers royalties were sent to Irene West. 

1927: Ruth Donaldson and Helen Jepsen recorded “When I Take My Vacation in Heaven” in St. Paul.  It appeared on Gennett 6192, Champion 15353 (~1,00 copies sold), and Challenge 341 and featured Donaldson (v) & Jepsen (v).  Jepsen and Donaldson co-wrote this song with Rev Herbert Buffum and it has become a standard with country / southern gospel artists and artists  such as Johnny Cash, Rose Maddox, the Statler Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Blue Sky Boys, Ernest Tubb have recorded and perform it.

1929: Blind Blake recorded “Hookworm Blues” in Richmond.  It appeared on Paramount 12794 and Broadway 5080 and featured Blake (v & g) and Alex Robinson (pn). 

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June 19 in Gennett History…

1902: Happy 120th Birthday, Guy Lombardo! (6/19/1902). He recorded five sides in Richmond on 3/10/1924, including “Mama Gone, Goodbye” which appeared on Gennett 5417 and Starr-Gennett 9536. 

1926: The Tremaine Brothers with the Gennett Salon Orchestra recorded “Sleepy Head” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 3338, Champion 15123 (1,168 copies sold), and Challenge 192.

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June 18 in Gennett History…

1925: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “If I Had A Girl Like You” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 3093. The recording featured Red Nichols (?) and Hymie Farbman (c), Miff Mole (tb), Dick Johnson and Bobby Davis (sax/cl). 

1928: Carl Fenton’s New Yorkers recorded “Dusky Stevedar” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 6506, Champion 15533 (920 copies sold), and Supertone 9042 and featured Carl Mathieu (v). 

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June 17 in Gennett History…

1926: Elvira Johnson recorded “Numbers on the Brain” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 3337 and Champion 15126 (358 copies sold) and featured Johnson (v) with the Birmingham Darktown Strutters which included Clarence Williams (pn). 

1927: The St. Paul Police Band recorded “The New Colonial March” in St. Paul.  It appeared on Gennett 6213 and featured thirty-five members.  

1927: Pianist, Sidney Williams recorded “Mississippi Shivers” in St. Paul, Minnesota. The recording appeared on Gennett 6353, Gennett Personal 20339, Champion 15372, and Herschel Gold Seal 2020. The Champion issue sold approx. 3,000 copies between 1927 and 1929. 

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June 16 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. 

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