May 8 in Gennett History…

1910: Happy 112th Birthday, Mary Lou Williams! (5/8/1910). Williams recorded “Now Cut Loose” with Duke Jackson’s Serenaders on 3/7/1927 in Chicago. It appeared on Gennett 6147, Black Patti 8009, and Champion 40109. The track featured Mary Lou Williams (v), Henry McCord (c), Bradley Bullett (tb), John Williams (sax), Mary Lee Burley (p), Joe Williams (bjo), & Robert Price (d). 

1905: Happy 117th Birthday Red Nichols! (5/8/1905). Here is Red’s appearance on fellow Gennett Walk of Fame Inductee, Lawrence Welk’s show from 1956. 

1923: Irving and Jack Kaufman recorded “Barney Google” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 5152 and Starr-Gennett 9394 and featured the Kaufman Brothers (v).

1924: The Honorable James M. Curley recorded “Address of Welcome to Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, (Boston, July 17, 1924)” in NYC.  It appeared on a specially designed Gennett 5472 which featured Curley’s autograph etched into the run-out. Curley served four terms as the Mayor of Boston, one term as the Governor of Massachusetts, and two terms as a Congressman before serving a few months in jail for bribery and mail fraud, a sentence commuted by President Truman. 

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