March 31 in Gennett History…

1923: Smilin’ Sam’s Dixie Strutters recorded “Blue Hoosier Blues” in NYC. The recording appeared on Gennett 5124, Starr-Gennett 9397, and Apex 410. 

1923: Nathan Glantz and his Orchestra recorded “Marcheta (A Love Song of Old Mexico)” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 5117, Starr-Gennett 9383, Edison Bell Winner 3870, and Hitch 75010. 

1924: Harry Frankel p/k/a/ Singin’ Sam recorded “Weepin’ Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 5426 and Champion 15033 (as Frank Henderson). Frankel passed away on June 12, 1948, and is buried in Richmond, Indiana. 

1927: Harry Pollock’s Blue Diamonds recorded “(What Do I Care What) Somebody Said” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 6083, Champion 15239 (976 copies sold), Silvertone 5049, Aco GA-20002, Coliseum 2039, Guardsman 2075, and Vocalion B-207, and featured Al Shayne (v) and Harry Pollock (vn). 

1932: Fadwa Kurban recorded four sides in NYC.  Two were issued on Maloof 38 and featured Kurban (v).  Here is an excellent article about this vocalist and the Maloof label.

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