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January 29th in Gennett History…

1980: Jimmy Durante passed away. He recorded “Why Cry Blues” with the Jimmy Durante Jazz Band in NYC in May of 1920. It appeared on Gennett 9045 and Starr-Gennett 9042. In addition to Durante (p), the track featured Frank Christian … Continue reading

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January 10th in Gennett History…

1923: Norman Provol’s Canaries with Norman Brown (piano) and Lorraine Evon (violin) recorded “Spring Song & Glow Worm” in Richmond. The track contained an “actual canary solo” and appeared on Gennett 5107 and West’s 20156. The West’s label read “N. … Continue reading

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October 1st in Gennett History…

1924: Bailey’s Dixie Dudes recorded “I’m Satisfied” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5577 and Starr Gennett 9596. The band featured Bill Moore (c), Bobby Davis (as/cl), Irving Brodsky (p), Tommy Felline (bjo), Stan King (d/kazoo), and Adrian Rollini (goofus).  … Continue reading

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June 1st in Gennett History…

June 1st in Gennett History, 1923: Richard M. Jones recorded “Jazzin’ Babies Blues” in Richmond. This solo piano piece appeared on Gennett 5174 and Jazz Collector L-85. 

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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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September 30th in Gennett History…

September 30th in Gennett History, 1935: The sound effects team recorded a series of Harbor Noises featuring whistles, tug boats, etc. These recordings appeared on Gennett Sound Effects 1185. Not sure if this was the source of the famous Life … Continue reading

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September 29th in Gennett History, 1925: Fess Williams & His Royal Flush Orch. recorded “Green River Blues” in NYC.  The recording appeared on Gennett 3182 and featured George Temple (c), David “Jelly” James (tb), Fess Williams (as/cl), Perry Smith (ts/cl), … Continue reading

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