August 4 in Gennett History…

1890: Happy 132nd Birthday, Carson Robison! Robison was born on August 4, 1890 and recorded dozens of sides as a featured artist and sideman on Gennett and Champion. Here Robison recorded “Oh Dem Golden Slippers” with Vernon Dalhart. It appeared on Gennett 6512, Champion 15567, Champion 33005, Silvertone 8143, and Supertone 9230. 

1901: Happy 121st Birthday Louis Armstrong! Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901. In 1923, he recorded twice in Richmond, Indiana as second cornet with King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. Here is “Chimes Blues” from the April 6, 1923 session. It appeared on Gennett 5135. 

1927: Les Backer “The Gennett Aristocrat” recorded “Sleep Baby Sleep” in Chicago.  It appeared on Gennett 6317, Champion 15391 (~5,600 sold), and Silvertone 5165 and featured Backer (v) accompanied by Walter Anderson and his Golden Pheasant Hoodlums.

1927: The Harmony Four with Spencer Wilder recorded “You Can Hear Those Darkies Singing” in Birmingham.  It appeared on Gennett 6285, Champion 15327 (2,933 copies sold), Supertone 9155, Challenge 348, 419, & 3036, Silvertone 5177 & 8257, and Angelus 3036 and featured Wilder (v). 

1927: George H. Tremer recorded “Spirit of ’49 Rag” in Birmingham.  It appeared on Gennett 6242, Champion 15436 (2,146 copies sold), and Decca 7137 and featured Tremer (pn). 

1930: Gene Autry recorded “Hobo Bill’s Last Ride” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 7290, Champion 16073, Supertone 9702, and Superior 2769 and featured Autry’s singing and guitar-playing.  The Champion issue sold over 7,000 copies between 1930 and 1932.  

1936: The Sound Effects team recorded the sounds of Niagara Falls (American side) at both the base and the brink.  It appeared on Gennett Sound Effects 1202.  This is the A side from the base of the falls.  

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