January 27 in Gennett History…

1888: Happy 135th Birthday, Harry Frankel. (1/27/1888). Better known as ‘Singing Sam, the Barbasol Man,’ Frankel recorded “How Are You Going To Wet Your Whistle” in 1919 in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 4521. Frankel was also one of the first artists to record in the newly opened studio in Richmond.  Frankel passed away in 1948 in his home in Richmond, Indiana. 

1931: Bob Cranford and AP Thompson recorded “Otto Wood” in Richmond.  It appeared on Champion 16261 (1,420 copies sold) and featured Cranford (v & h) and Thompson (v & g).  

1931: Ernie Golden recorded “Dirty Hot” in NYC.  It appeared on  Champion 16661 and Superior 2830 and featured Tommy Weir (vox). 

1936: Dick Robertson and his Orchestra recorded “Alone” in NYC.  It appeared on Champion 40088, Decca 5900, and Montgomery Ward 4922. 

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