1923: King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band recorded ten sides in Richmond, including “Chimes Blues,” “Canal Street Blues,” and “Dippermouth Blues.” The band featured King Oliver and Louis Armstrong (c), Honore Dutrey (tb), Johnny Dodds (cl), Lil Hardin Armstrong (p), Bill Johnson (bjo), and Baby Dodds (d). They appeared on Gennett 5132, 5133, 5134, 5135, and 5184.
1883: Happy 135th Birthday, Vernon Dalhart! (4/6/1883). Dalhart recorded dozens of sides for Gennett and was one of the first inductees in the Starr Gennett Walk of Fame. Here is his Gennett 3030 recording of “A Boy’s Best Friend Is His Mother.”