March 20th in Gennett History, 1928: Gene Carroll and Al Grady Recorded “Waitin’ for Katy”

Morrisson Reeves Library Front Desk circa 1939

Morrisson Reeves Library Front Desk circa 1939

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 (Morrisson Reeves 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

Carroll and Grady Champion 15461 Royalty Ledger

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