May 7 in Gennett History…

1896: Happy 126th Birthday, Vic Berton! (5/7/1896). Drummer, Vic Berton, recorded many sides on Gennett including with Bailey’s Lucky Seven and Johnny Clesi’s Areoleans. Here Berton (d), Red Nichols (c), Miff Mole (tb), and several other unknown musicians record “Ain’t I Got Rosie?” as Johnny Clesi’s Areoleans on Ch. 15174 (as The Twin City Bell Hops), Gennett 3380, Gennett 6061, and Herschel Gold Seal 2010. 

1927: Da Costa Woltz’s Southern Broadcasters recorded “Evening Star Waltz” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6240. The track featured Frank Jenkins (bjo), Da Costa Woltz (bjo), and Ben Jarrell (f). 

1926: Chic Winter and his Hotel Gramatan Orchestra recorded “Will You Be True?” In NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 3314 and featured Al Ross (v). 

1927: Holland Puckett recorded “The Dying Cowboy” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 6271, Champion 15428 (~11,000 copies sold), Herwin 75557, Silvertone 5065, 8152, & 25065, and Supertone 9253.  The track featured Puckett (v & g). 

1927: David Miller recorded “That Bad Man Stackolee” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6188, Champion 15334 (~2,200 copies sold), Challenge 327, and Herwin 75561 and featured Miller (v & g). 

1928: Allison’s Sacred Harp Singers recorded “Not Made With Hands” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6691.  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.

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