January 29 in Gennett History…

1925: Arthur Fields recorded “Let It Rain, Let It Pour” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 3034 & 5657, Starr-Gennett 9622, and Claxtonola 40417 and featured Fields (vox). 

1929: Alura Mack recorded “Seven Men Blues” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6767, Champion 15754 (~3,500 copies sold), and Supertone 9365 and featured Mack (v) and James Cole (g). 

1930: Stan Stanley’s Aristocrats Band recorded “Moanin’ for You” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 7120 and Supertone 9631and featured Alberta Haynes (v). 

1931: Gene Autry recorded “Pictures of My Mother” in Richmond.  It appeared on Champion 16372 & 45060, Superior 2596, Melotone 45060, Montgomery Ward 4931, and Rex 9461 and featured Autry (v & g) and unknown (md). 

1932: Bill Shepherd, originally from Cumberland, Kentucky, recorded “Bound Steel Blues” in Richmond.  It appeared on Champion S-16383 (485 copies sold) and featured Bill Shepherd (v? & f), Ed Webb (g), Hayes Shepherd (bjo), and Herb Shepherd (bjo). 

1980: Jimmy Durante passed away. He recorded “Why Cry Blues” with the Jimmy Durante Jazz Band in NYC in May of 1920. It appeared on Gennett 9045 and Starr-Gennett 9042. In addition to Durante (p), the track featured Frank Christian (c), Frank Lhotak (tb), Achille Baquet (cl), and John Hountha Stein (d). The Starr-Gennett Foundation inducted Durante into its Walk of Fame in September 2016.   

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