April 25th in Gennett History…

April 25th in Gennett History, 1927: Cryin’ Sam Collins recorded “Jailhouse Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6167, Black Patti 8025, Bell 1173, Champion 15320, Herwin 92043, Silvertone 5127, and Supertone 9291. The Champion issue sold about 8,000 copies between 1927-1929, though the performers royalties were sent to Dennis Taylor. 

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April 24th in Gennett History…

April 24th in Gennett History, 1928: Lillian Miller recorded “Dead Drunk Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6518. It featured George W. Thomas and was also released as Champion 15550 as by Helen Harris. 

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April 23rd in Gennett History…

1894: Happy 124th Birthday to Charles “Cow Cow” Davenport! (4/23/1894). He recorded “Atlanta Rag” on 4/1/1929 in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6869, Supertone 9517, Champion 15728, and Champion 50033. 

 

1895: Happy 123rd Birthday, Jimmie Noone! (4/23/1895). Noone recorded with Doc Cook’s Dreamland Orchestra for Gennett. Tim Gracyk writes on this YouTube video page that “Doc Cook’s Dreamland Orchestra plays “So This Is Venice” on Gennett 5360 (recorded in Richmond, Indiana, on January 21, 1924). Freddie Keppard is on second cornet, Jimmy Noone on clarinet.” 

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April 20th in Gennett History…

Lewis 13 – A by Evangelist E. Arthur Lewis

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 Lewis 13 – A. Recording from Mainspringpress.com 

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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 700 copies in 1927 and 1928.

 

1944: Clarinetist Jimmie Noone passed away. He recorded “Lonely Little Wallflower” with Cook’s Dreamland Orchestra on 1/21/1924 in Richmond. 

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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. 

 

Gene Autry Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

 

1931: Today is Tax Day and Gene Autry reminds us “Money Ain’t No Use Anyway.” He recorded it in Richmond on 2/9/1931. It appeared on Champion 16245, Champion 45156, Decca 5423, Decca X-1236, Melotone 45156, Montgomery Ward 8016, and Rex 9459. Champion 16245 sold 1,224 copies between 1931 and 1933. 

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April 16th in Gennett History…

Gene Autry Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

 

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 1931 and 1933. 

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