1921: The Black Hawk Inn Orchestra recorded “Who’ll Be the Next One (To Cry Over You)” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 4776, Starr-Gennett 9168, Coliseum 1447, Connorized 3025, and Homochord H-351. The ledger lists the artist as the Merry Melody Men – the Black Hawk Inn was a restaurant / nightclub in Chicago, famous for its spinning salad bowls and providing dance music for the local diners. The music from the Blackhawk was broadcast nationally as “Live! From the Blackhawk!” over WGN Radio and the Mutual Network.
1930: Ted Gossett’s String Band recorded “Fire In The Mountain” in Richmond. The recording appeared on Champion 16160, Superior 2519, and Supertone 9776. The band consisted of Earl Nossinger (g), Enos Gossett (g), Pete Woods (bjo), and Tommy Whitmer (f). Champion noted sales to Phinis Martin of 885 copies between 1931 and 1933.