Happy 112th Birthday to Leroy Carr! (3/27/1905). Leroy Carr played piano on several Scrapper Blackwell Gennett recordings, including “Back Door Blues.” They recorded it in Richmond on November 24, 1931 and it appeared on Champion 16361, Superior 2782, and Varsity 6049.
1927: Hattie Garland recorded “Strange Woman’s Dream” in Chicago.” The recording appeared on Black Patti 8005. It featured Hattie Garland (vox), Maynard King (as), and William Pearson (p).
1957: Carson Robison passed away. He recorded dozens of sides for Gennett including “Oh Dem Golden Slippers” with Vernon Dalhart on 5/17/1928 in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 6512, Champion 15567 and 33005, Silvertone 8143, & Supertone 9230. William Carlino played banjo.
March 23rd in Gennett History, 1928: W. E. “Buddy” Burton recorded “Time Enough Blues” in Chicago. It appeared on Gennett 6453, Champion 15489 (Washington Thomas), and Superior 388 (unknown). The Champion side sold ~400 copies in 1928 and ’29. Burton was the singer and pianist.
1952: Uncle Dave Macon passed away. He recorded “Don’t Get Weary Children” on August 15, 1934 with Kirk and Sam McGee. It appeared on Champion S-16822, Champion 45048, Decca 5369, and Montgomery Ward 8029.
March 22nd in Gennett History, 1927: Eloise Bennett recorded “Sting Me Mr. Strange Man” in Chicago. It appeared on Black Patti 8006. Hoke Rice probably played guitar.
Vernon Dalhart Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
March 21, 1924: Ladd’s Black Aces recorded “Unfortunate Blues” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5422 and Starr-Gennett 9532. The recording featured Vernon Dalhart (vox), Harry Gluck (c), Miff More (tb), Ken “Goof” Moyer (sax/cl), and the rest are unknown.
March 21, 1930: Elmer Grosso’s Mount Royal Orchestra recorded “I’m Climbing a Rainbow” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 7173, Supertone 9633, and Champion 15957. The Champion side sold 843 copies in 1930. Jerry Macy and Ed Smalle are the vocalists.
March 20th in Gennett History, 1928: Gene Carroll and Al Grady Recorded “Waitin’ for Katy” in Chicago. The backing band was the Hoefle String Trio. This recording appeared on Gennett 6415, Champion 15461, Superior 361, Silvertone 5236, Silvertone 8236, and Supertone 9223. In his book “Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy,” Rick Kennedy posits Gennett found many of its pseudonyms from the Richmond phone book. Perhaps Gennett looked no further than the local library when they released the Champion issue under the name “Morrison and Reeves.” Despite the pseudonym, this Champion royalty ledger shows Gennett paid royalties to Carroll and Grady.
Carroll and Grady Champion 15461 Royalty Ledger
Here is some Irish music played on my portable Starr Phonograph. This first recording is from Starr-Gennett 9318 – A, where Tom Ennis (pipes) and John Carridy (fiddle) perform “Irish Polka” with Paddy Muldoon on piano. It was recorded on November 14, 1922 in NYC. It also appeared on Gennett 5003 and O’Byrne De Witt 39025.