February 8 in Gennett History…

1899: Happy 124th Birthday, Lonnie Johnson (2/8/1899). The legendary guitarist recorded several sides, some with Jimmy Blythe, under the pseudonym George Jefferson in Richmond on December 13 and 14, 1927, which included the track “It’s Hot, Let it Alone” from Gennett 6423.  

1922: Robert R. Shultz recorded “Skater’s Waltz” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 4854 and Starr-Gennett 9219 and featured Shultz (zither). 

1923: Art Landry and his Call of the North Orchestra recorded “Dreamy Melody” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 5052 & 5255 and Starr-Gennett 9356 & 9445.  

1928: Naylor’s Seven Aces recorded “Twilight Rose” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5432 and Starr-Gennett 9524 and featured Edward ‘Pinky’ Gerbrecht (tpt), Charles Hartman (tb), Newton Richardson (ts), Bill Creger (cl), Oliver Naylor (pn), Jules Bauduc (bjo), and Louis Darrough (d).  

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