September 4th in Gennett History…

1891: Happy 127th Birthday, Sam Lanin! Lanin was born on 9/4/1891. He led and organized over a hundred sessions at Gennett with his orchestra, Ladd’s Black Aces, Bailey’s Lucky Seven, and others, though he played little on them. Here is Sam Lanin’s Famous Players recording of “Swingin’ Down The Lane” from Gennett 5143. 


1922: McMurray’s California Thumpers recorded “Oogie Oogie Wa Wa” in NYC. The recording appeared on Apex 464, Gennett 4943, and Starr-Gennett 9292. The recording features Phil Napoleon (c), Miff Mole (tb), Loring McMurray (sax), Jules Levy (bjo), Frank Signorelli (p), and John Cali (d).


1930: Walter Cole recorded “Mama Keep Your Yes Ma’am Clean” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion 16104 and Gennett 7318. It featured Walter Cole (v), Ralph Miller (p), Bayless Rose (g), and James Robinson (f). The Gennett ledger noted this performance as “Fair, B+.” The Champion issue sold 718 copies in 1930 and 1931. 

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