June 20 in Gennett History…

1922: Joe Samuels and his Master Players recorded “The Sneak” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 4910, Starr-Gennett 9272, and Winner 3796.

1924: The Wolverine Orchestra recorded “Tiger Rag” in Richmond. The only known Gennett recording is one copy of a test pressing, otherwise it appeared on Brunswick 02205, Hot Record Society 24, Polydor 15387, and Temple 524. The track featured Bix Biederbecke (c), Jimmy Hartwell (as/cl), George Johnson (ts), Dick Voynow (p), Min Leibook (b), Bob Gillette (bj), and Vic Moore (d).

1927: Sam Ku, Jr. recorded “Farewell Blues” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 6190 and Champion 15337. The Champion issue sold 2,043 copies in 1927 and 1928 (and 2 copies in 1929) and the performers royalties were sent to Irene West. 

1927: Ruth Donaldson and Helen Jepsen recorded “When I Take My Vacation in Heaven” in St. Paul.  It appeared on Gennett 6192, Champion 15353 (~1,00 copies sold), and Challenge 341 and featured Donaldson (v) & Jepsen (v).  Jepsen and Donaldson co-wrote this song with Rev Herbert Buffum and it has become a standard with country / southern gospel artists and artists  such as Johnny Cash, Rose Maddox, the Statler Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Blue Sky Boys, Ernest Tubb have recorded and perform it.

1929: Blind Blake recorded “Hookworm Blues” in Richmond.  It appeared on Paramount 12794 and Broadway 5080 and featured Blake (v & g) and Alex Robinson (pn). 

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