March 11 in Gennett History…

1898: Happy 125th Birthday, Miff Mole! (3/11/1898). Here is a photo of Mole with Ladd’s Black Aces members left to right: Phil Napoleon, Frank Signorelli, Miff Mole, Jimmy Lytell, Jack Roth. 

1903: Happy 120th Birthday, Lawrence Welk! (3/11/1903). A young Lawrence Welk beams with an early, personalized accordion and one of his first records on the Gennett pressed custom label for Gurney Seed and Nursery Co in Yankton, SD, which owned the building that housed the radio station where Welk performed. 

1929: Willie Baker recorded “Ain’t It A Good Thing” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6812, Champion 15735 (~1,900 copies sold), and Supertone 9434 and featured Baker (v & g). 

1929: Freeman Stowers “The Cotton Belt Porter” recorded “Texas Wild Cat Chase” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6830, Champion 15776, and Supertone 9396 and featured Stowers (mimic). 

1930: Pie Plant Pete recorded “Waiting for the Railroad Train” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 7167, Champion 15970 & 45093, Melotone 45093, Superior 2577, and Supertone 9668 and featured Claude Moye (v, g, & h). 

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