January 10 in Gennett History…

1923: Norman Provol’s Canaries with Norman Brown (piano) and Lorraine Evon (violin) recorded “Spring Song & Glow Worm” in Richmond. The track contained an “actual canary solo” and appeared on Gennett 5107 and West’s 20156. The West’s label read “N. Provol Offers The Golden Bird ‘Souvenir.” Actual Canary Solo” West’s was the “Largest Manufacturers of the Most Complete Line of Bird Products In The World.”  This pressing on the West’s label is being played on my Starr Portophone.

1927: Sybil Fagan Ensemble recorded “Silver Song Bird” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 6060, Champion 15237, Silvertone 5008 & 8274, Supertone 9111, Aco GA-20010, and Melotone FG-10049 and featured Fagan (whistle).

1929: Willie Baker recorded “Weak Minded Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6751, Supertone 9427, and Champion 15694. Champion ledgers contain the following notes: performers royalties to Harry Charles; matrix # 14668 is crossed out and replaced with matrix # 14896 for the “Weak Minded Blues” track.

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