February 9 in Gennett History…

1927: Andy Preer and the Cotton Club Orchestra recorded “I’ve Found a New Baby” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 6056, Gennett Rayo 40112, Champion 15227 (626 copies sold), Vocalion B-219, Kildare B-219, and Keith Prowse K-102.  The recording featured R.Q. Dickerson and Sidney de Paris (tpt), De Priest Wheeler (tb), George Scott, Andrew Brown, and William Thornton (as/cl), Earres Prince (pn), Jimmy Smith (bs), Morris White (bjo), and Leroy Maxie (d).  Preer soon passed away and the band, which was also known as the Missourians, then backed up Ethel Waters before returning to the Cotton Club under the leadership of Cab Calloway.  

1931: Gene Autry recorded “Money Ain’t No Use Anyway” in Richmond.  It appeared on Champion 16245 (1,224 copies sold) & 45156, Decca 5425 & X-1236, Melotone 45156, Montgomery Ward 8016, Rex 9459, and Superior 2732.  Five years after this recording, Autry performed it in his movie “The Old Corral.” 

1932: Steele and Johnson recorded “Selling That Stuff” in Richmond.  It appeared on Champion 16395 (197 copies sold) & 50058, and Gennett (Joe Davis) 5007 and featured Big Bill Broonzy (v & g) and Steele Smith (v & bjo). 

1941: James David Vaughan passed away. Vaughan is considered one of the founders of “Southern Gospel” and he had a pressing and recording relationship with Gennett and his Vaughan label (as well as some of the KKK recordings). The Vaughan Quartet recorded “It’s Just Like Heaven” on 12/4/1929 in Richmond. It appeared on Vaughan 1725. Mrs. Carl Goble accompanies the quartet on piano. 

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