April 14th in Gennett History…

1922: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “Carolina Rolling Stone” in New York.  The recording appeared on Gennett 4868, Connorized 3075, Rich-Tone 7037, and Starr-Gennett 9245.  The track features Phil Napoleon (c), Vincente Grande (tb), Gus Sharpe (?as/cl), Loring McMurray (as), and unknown (p, bjo, d).  The performance begins at 2:57 in this video. 

1931: Gennett sent this telegram to Gene Autry in NYC confirming a recording date on the 16th. Autry recorded “I’ll Always Be A Rambler,” “I’ve Got the Jail House Blues,” “T.B. Blues,” “That’s How I Got My Start,” and “True Blue Bill.”

Gennett Gene Autry Telegram

1995: Burl Ives passed away. Didn’t know that Burl Ives had a Gennett connection? On 7/23/1929, Ives auditioned for Gennett and recorded “Behind The Clouds” in Richmond. The recording was rejected and unfortunately destroyed. He went on to have an amazing career and most of us remember him as the narrator of the Christmas classic TV show “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” 

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