March 20 in Gennett History…

1924: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “What’ll I Do” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 5425 and Starr-Gennett 9531 and featured Phil Napoleon and Earl Oliver (tpt), Miff Mole (tb), Frank Signorelli (pn), Jack Roth (d), and others.

1928: Gene Carroll and Al Grady Recorded “Waitin’ for Katy” in Chicago. The backing band was the Hoefle String Trio. This recording appeared on Gennett 6415, Champion 15461, Superior 361, Silvertone 5236, Silvertone 8236, and Supertone 9223. In his book “Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy,” Rick Kennedy posits Gennett found many of its pseudonyms from the Richmond phone book. Perhaps Gennett looked no further than the local library when they released the Champion issue under the name “Morrison and Reeves.” Despite the pseudonym, this Champion royalty ledger shows Gennett paid royalties to Carroll and Grady. 

1929: Walter Smith and Norman Woodlieff recorded “It Won’t Be Long ‘Till My Grave Is Made” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6858, Supertone 9494, Champion 15730 and 45072 and featured Walter Smith (v) and Norman Woodlieff (v & g), and Posey Rorer (f). 

1931: The State Street Ramblers recorded “Richmond Stomp,” well, in Richmond.  It appeared on Champion 16350 (1,419 copies sold) & 40009, Superior 2797, HJCA HC-71, Jazz Collector L-47, and XX 15 and featured Alfred Bell (v & wb), Jimmy Blythe (pn), Ed Hudson (bjo). 

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