November 27 in Gennett History…

1925: Fess Williams and His Royal Flush Orchestra recorded “Caroline” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 3210. The recording featured Fess Williams and Perry Smith on (v & sax/cl), George Temple on (c), David “Jelly” James (tb), Ollie Blackwell (bjo), Ralph Bedell (d). 


1965: Gennett Records head, Fred Gennett, died at the age of 79. From Rick Kennedy’s Jelly Roll, Bix & Hoagy, “Fred was more of a dreamer…He had no personal interest in the jazz being embraced by young people, but it represented a business opportunity.” (pg. 50). 

Fred Gennett

Mother (Hazel Reid Gennett), Father (Fred Gennett) and Columbia Gypsy (Judith Gennett)

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