March 16 in Gennett History…

1883: Happy 140th Birthday, Ernest Hare! (3/16/1883). This is a photo of him in black face, as he is “Ready for fun” from the 1923 Gennett catalog. Hare recorded over 50 sides for Gennett in the 1920s in the NYC studio, including “On Iowa” with the Gennett Military Band in 1924 on Gennett 10084.  

1926: Murray’s Green Gable Orchestra recorded “A Cup of Coffee, A Sandwich for You” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 3281, Champion 15078 (1,612 copies sold), Buddy 8008, and Challenge 146 and featured Arthur Hall (v). 

1927: Evangelist R. H. Harris of the Pentecostal Mission and Pentecostal Sisters recorded “Judgement Day” in Chicago.  It appeared on Gennett 6148, Champion 15284 (900 copies sold), and Black Patti 8013. 

1929: Asa Martin recorded “There Is No Place Like Home for a Married Man” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6808, Champion 15712 (~19,000 copies sold), and Supertone 9388 and featured Martin (v & g) and Doc Roberts (md). 

1929: Asa Martin recorded “She Ain’t Built That Way” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6808, Champion 15712, Champion 45129, and Supertone 9388. The track featured Asa Martin (vox & g) and Doc Roberts (md). Champion accounted to Doc Roberts sales of over 19,000 copies of Champion 15712 between 1929 and 1932. 

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