May 5 in Gennett History…

1901: Happy 121st Birthday, Blind Willie McTell! (5/5/1901). The guitarist recorded with Curley Weaver for Champion with many of the records also ending up on Decca in April 1935 in Chicago. Here Weaver and McTell recorded their “Two Faced Woman.” 

1927: Da Costa Woltz’s Southern Broadcasters recorded “Richmond Cotillion” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6220, Challenge 407, Silvertone 5183, and Herwin 75554 and featured Ben Jarrell (v /f), Frank Jenkins (bjo), and Da Costa Woltz (bjo). 

1927: Ben Jarrell recorded “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6164, Champion 15318 (~1,800 sold), Challenge 340, and Herwin 75553 and featured Ben Jarrell (v & f), Frank Jenkins (v & bjo), and Da Costa Woltz (v & bjo). 

1927: Teenager Price Goodson recorded “Lonesome Road Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6154 and featured Goodson (v & h), Ben Jarrell (v), Frank Jenkins (bjo), and Da Costa Woltz (bjo).  

1928: Allison’s Sacred Harp Singers recorded “The Golden Harp” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6499.  While the recording card stated, “Put names on label: J .T. + S . T. Allison, J. T. Bradshaw, J. T. Vaughan, J. A. Prayton,” none appeared.  

1931: Red Perkins and his Dixie Ramblers recorded “Hard Times Stomp” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion 16288 (242 sold) & 40044 and Superior 2693 and featured Frank S. “Red” Perkins (v), Joe Drake (as), Andre Oglesby (tb), Jesse Simmons (ts), Howard Fields (pn), Charles Watkins (g), James Brown (sg), Eugene Freely (bs), Charles Watkins (bjo), and Harry Rooks (d). 

1937: The Sound Effects team recorded “Traffic Noise (with occasional auto horns) Recorded Trafalgar Square, London, England” in London.  It appeared on Gennett Sound Effects 1313-A.  

1977: Prolific Gennett recording artist and organizer, Sam Lanin died. Lanin’s Famous Players recorded ‘”Wabash Blues” in NYC on 11/24/1921. It appeared on Gennett 4796, Connorized 3019, Edison Bell Winner 3643, Rich-Tone 7013, and Starr-Gennett 9180. 

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