October 11 in Gennett History…

1923: Porter’s Blue Devils recorded “Hot Dawg” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 5282 and Starr-Gennett 9477. 

1928: Alphonso Trent and His Orchestra recorded “Louder and Funnier” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6664 and Champion 15641 (as by The Savannah Night Hawks). The Gennett ledger has “Johnny Smith, vocalist” crossed out. The Champion issue sold approx. 600 copies in 1929. The recording featured Leo “Snub” Moseley (v & tb), Leo “Stuff” Smith (v & f), John Fielding (v), Chester Clark (c), Irving Randolph (c), James Jeter (as), Charles Pillars (as), Lee Hilliard (as), Hayes Pillars (ts/bs), Alphonse Trent (p), Eugene Crooke (g/bjo), Robert “Eppie” Jackson (bs), and A.G. Godley (d).

1928: William Harris recorded “Early Morning Blues” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6693, Champion 15675 )sold ~1,100 copies), and Conquerer 7264 and featured Harris (v & g).

1929: Stump Johnson recorded “Soaking Wet Blues” in Richmond.  It appeared on Paramount 12906 and featured Johnson (v & p).

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