March 17 in Gennett History…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Gennett Records! Here is some Irish music played on my portable Starr Phonograph. This first recording is from Starr-Gennett 9318 – A, where Tom Ennis (pipes) and John Carridy (fiddle) perform “Irish Polka” with Paddy Muldoon on piano. It was recorded on November 14, 1922 in NYC and appeared on Gennett 5003 and O’Byrne De Witt 39025.  

1922: Variety magazine published two reviews of Gennett releases. They reviewed Gennett 4823 (Lanin’s Famous Players) and Gennett 4798 (Harry Spindler’s Hotel Sinten Orchestra). The reviews seem to spend more time on the publisher royalties for “Ty-Tee Blues” and the Gennett recording operation than the music contained on the disc. 

1922: Joseph Hollman recorded “The Swan (Le Cynge)” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 10059 and featured Hollman (cello) and Thos. Griselle (pn).  

1928: Larry Vincent recorded “She’s a Great, Great Girl” in Chicago.  It appeared on Gennett 6431, Champion 15482 (~3,400 copies old), Supertone 9067, and Superior 378 and featured Vincent (v). 

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