Coleman Hawkins Starr Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
Happy 113th Birthday Coleman Hawkins! Coleman Hawkins, a Gennett Walk of Fame inductee, was born on 11/21/1904. He recorded ‘When Spring Comes Peeping Through’ with Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra in NYC on March 26, 1926. It appeared on Gennett 3285. The track featured Russell Smith, Joe Smith, and Rex Stewart (c), Charlie Green (tb), Buster Bailey, Don Redman, and Coleman Hawkins (sax/cl), Fletcher Henderson (p), Ralph Escudero (bs), Charlie Dixon (bjo), and Kaiser Marshall (d).
Vernon Dalhart Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
November 20th in Gennett History, 1925: Vernon Dalhart recorded “The Death of Floyd Collins” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 3197, Champion 15048, Challenge 318, and Herwin 75502. Dalhart is on vocals & harmonica and maybe Carson Robison on guitar.
November 17th in Gennett History, 1922: Happiness Boys (Billy Jones and Ernest Hare) recorded “You Tell Her – I Stutter” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5007. This YouTube video states that the Happiness Boys recorded this version in October and it appeared on Edison. Whether this is the Gennett or the Edison, it’s still good.
Lawrence Welk Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
November 16th in Gennett History, 1928: Lawrence Welk and His Novelty Orchestra recorded “Spiked Beer” in Richmond. The recording appeared on Gennett 6712, Gurney 20341, and Champion 15639. The ledger noted “Personal, Lawrence Welk, Yankton, S.D.” The Gurney Seed and Nursery Co. was based in Yankton, S.D.
November 15th in Gennett History, 1922: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “Bee’s Knees” in NYC. The recording appeared on Gennett 5004, Apex 451, and Starr-Gennett 9321. The recording featured Phil Napoleon (?-c), Jules Levy, Jr (c), Charlie Panelli (tb), Loring McMurray and Jimmy Lytell (as/cl), unknown (p), Nick Lucas (bjo), and Jack Roth (d).
Doc Roberts and Asa Martin Gennett Medallion
November 13th in Gennett History, 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.
November 10th in Gennett History, 1922: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “Tomorrow Morning” and “Gee, But I Hate to Go Home Alone” in NYC. Both sides appeared in Gennett 5001, Starr-Gennett 9317, Apex 453, Edison Bell Winner 3861, and Westport 3143. Known musicians on these tracks include Phil Napoleon (?-c), Charlie Panelli (tb), Benny Krueger and Jimmy Lytell (as/cl), Nick Lucas (bjo) and Jack Roth (d).