May 6 in Gennett History…

1903: Happy 119th Birthday Cliff Carlisle! (5/6/1903). Carlisle recorded over two dozen sides as both a featured performer and sideman for Gennett and Champion, including “Chicken Roost Blues” with Wilbur Ball from 12/9/1931. It appeared on Champion 16364, Champion 45132, Superior 2777, Montgomery Ward 8036, and Decca X-1238. Champion 16364 sold only 250 copies in 1932. 

1924: The Wolverine Orchestra recorded “Riverboat Shuffle” in Richmond. It was released on Gennett 5454. The track featured Bix Beiderbecke (c); Jimmy Hartwell (cl); George Johnson (ts); Dick Voynow (p); Bob Gillette (bj/g); Min Leibrook (tu); Vic Moore (d). The band also recorded “Copenhagen,” “Oh Baby,” and “Susie.” 

1926: Vernon Dalhart recorded “The Great Titanic” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 3311, Champion 15121, Buddy 8037, Challenge 155 & 317, Herwin 75518, and Silvertone 3828 and featured Dalhart (v & h), Carson Robison (g), and Murray Kellner (f). 

1927: Frank Jenkins recorded “Home Sweet Home” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6165, Silvertone 5080 & 8181, and Supertone 9167 and featured Jenkins (bjo).  

1927: Ben Jarrell accompanied by Da Costa Woltz’s Southern Broadcasters recorded “I Know My Name Is There” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6164, Champion 15333 (~1,200 sold), Challenge 340, Herwin 75559, Silvertone 5075 & 8187, and Supertone 9263 and featured Jarrell (v & f), Frank Jenkins (v & bjo), Da Costa Woltz (v & bjo). 

1927: 12-year old Price Goodson recorded “Be Kind to a Man When He Is Down” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6154, Champion 15297 (~12,000 sold), and Herwin 75553 and featured Goodson (v, u, & h). 

1935: The Sound Effects team recorded “Manufacturing Noises (2 cuts) (1) Air Compressor; (2) Misc. Machine Room Sounds” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett Sound Effect 1169A.  It was probably recorded in 1931, but dubbed for use on GSE 1169 on this date. 

1937: The Sound Effects team recorded “Big Ben (2 cuts) (1st cut Chimes & Strikes twelve) (2nd cut Strikes twelve)” in London, England.  It appeared on Gennett Sound Effects 1313-B. 

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