March 16th in Gennett History…

1883: Happy 135th Birthday, Ernest Hare! (3/16/1883). This is a photo of him in black face, as he is “Ready for fun” from the 1923 Gennett catalog. Hare recorded over 50 sides for Gennett in the 1920s in the NYC studio, including “On Iowa” with the Gennett Military Band in 1924 on Gennett 10084.  


1929: Asa Martin recorded “She Ain’t Built That Way” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6808, Champion 15712, Champion 45129, and Supertone 9388. The track featured Asa Martin (vox & g) and Doc Roberts (md). Champion accounted to Doc Roberts sales of over 19,000 copies of Champion 15712 between 1929 and 1932. 

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