May 11 in Gennett History…

1885: Happy 137th Birthday, King Oliver! (5/11/1885).  The bandleader and influential figure in American popular music made his first recording in Gennett’s Richmond studios with his Creole Jazz Band in April 1923.  In addition to being a ground-breaking cornetist, he possessed quite the eye /ear for talent… 

1923: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “March of the Mannikins” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 5153, Starr-Gennett 9382, and Apex 428. 

1926: Porter Grainger’s Three Jazz Songsters recorded “Where Did Yo Get That Hat?” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 3323 and Buddy 8051 and featured Perry Bradford (v), Gus Horsley (v), Bert Howley (v), and Porter Grainger (pn). 

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