February 5 in Gennett History…

1925: The Gennett Instrumental Trio recorded “A Waltz in the Moonlight” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 3035 & 5661 and Starr-Gennett 9625.  The ledger lists the artist as Gennett Instrumental Trio – Obligato by Lillian Robbins.  

1927: Ernest Stoneman recorded “Kenney Wagner’s Surrender” in NYC. It appeared on Silvertone 5004, Silvertone 25004, Gennett 6044, Champion 15222, and Herwin 75535. The Champion royalty ledger noted to Ernest Stoneman sales of 12,368 copies between 1927 and 1931. 

1929: The Kentucky Mountain Chorusters recorded “The Great Reaping Day” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6888. 

1930: Georgia Tom Dorsey recorded six sides in Richmond, most of them released under the pseudonym ‘Smokehouse Charlie.” In addition to Dorsey’s vocals and piano, these tracks feature Scrapper Blackwell on guitar. The recording of “Maybe It’s the Blues” was released on Champion 15994 and Champion 50054. Performer royalties sent to Thomas Dorsey noted sales of approx. 1,400 copies between 1930 and 1932 of Champion 15994 and 207 copies of Champion 50054 for the period ending 9/30/36. 

1934: Paul Cornelius and his Orchestra recorded “I’ve Found a New Baby” in Richmond.  It appeared on Champion 16734 & 40084. 

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