Category Archives: April

April 20th in Gennett History…

April 20th in Gennett History, 1923: Evangelist E. Arthur Lewis and his Mandola / Mandolin recorded “I Have Entered the Land of Corn and Wine” in Richmond. This custom label pressing featured Lewis’ unique instrument, the mandola. It appeared on … Continue reading

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April 19th in Gennett History…

1927: Lizzie Washington recorded “Skeleton Key Blues” in Richmond.  The recording appeared on Gennett 6134, Champion 15282, and Herwin 92021.  The track featured Lizzie Washington (v), James Johnson (p/celeste), Henry Moon (g), George Thomas (g).  The Champion issue sold about … Continue reading

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April 17th in Gennett History…

1928: Jimmy Blythe and W.E. Burton recorded “Dustin the Keys” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6502-B, Champion 15507, and QRS 7016. Champion 15507 sold approx. 900 copies between 1928 and 1929.      1931: Today is Tax Day and … Continue reading

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April 16th in Gennett History…

  April 16th in Gennett History, 1931: Gene Autry recorded “T. B. Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion 16275, Champion 45073, Superior 2710, Montgomery Ward 4975, Melotone 45256, Decca 5517, and Decca X-1234. Champion 16275 sold 586 copies between … Continue reading

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April 13th in Gennett History…

April 13th in Gennett History, 1926: Alta Browne and Bertha Powell recorded “I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray” in New York.  The recording appeared on Gennett 3318 and Champion 15103. In addition to Browne and Powell’s vocals, Fats Waller plays piano … Continue reading

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April 12th in Gennett History…

1867: Happy 151st Birthday, Daddy Stovepipe! (4/12/1867). Sam Jones, aka Daddy Stovepipe, recorded “Sundown Blues” on 5/10/1924 in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 5459, Silvertone 4042, and Claxtonola 40335.    1892: Happy 126th Birthday, Johnny Dodds! (4/12/1892). Clarinetist, Johnny Dodds recorded … Continue reading

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April 11th in Gennett History…

April 11th in Gennett History, 1926: Leonard Rutherford and John Foster recorded “Richmond Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6976 and Conqueror 7276 (as the Rankin Brothers). Leonard Rutherford appeared on fiddle & vox and John Foster was on … Continue reading

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