January 28th in Gennett History…

1952: Alice Lumsden Gennett passed away. She was Henry Gennett’s wife and mother of Fred, Clarence, Rose, and Harry Gennett. She recorded a Christmas Greeting for Gennett’s Christmas series on December 7, 1922. It was un-numbered. The Criterion Quartet’s “Silent Night” appeared on the reverse side. From the Linda Gennett Irmscher collection. 

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January 24th in Gennett History…

1922: The Specialty Orchestra under the direction of Pietro Capodiferro recorded “Moon River” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 4828, Starr-Gennett 9212, Challenge 180 (Hanley’s Specialty Orchestra), Velvet Face 1049 (Joe Richardson’s Orchestra), and Connorized 3062 (Special Orchestra). 

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January 23rd in Gennett History…

Georgia Tom Dorsey Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

1993: Georgia Tom Dorsey (Thomas A. Dorsey) passed away. He recorded “Maybe It’s The Blues” in Richmond on 2/5/1930. It appeared on Champion 15994, Champion 50045, and Gennett 7190. A royalty statement sent to Dorsey noted sales of approx. 1,400 copies between 1930 and 1932. 

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January 22nd in Gennett History…

1929: Zack Whyte’s Chocolate Beau Brummels recorded “Mandy” in Richmond. It was released on Gennett 6781 and Supertone 9486. The band featured Sy Oliver, Bubber Whyte, and Henry Savage (c), Floyd Brady (tb), Earl Tribble, Snake Richardson, Al Sears, and Clarence Page (sax), Herman Chittison (p), Montgomery Morrison (bs), Zach Whyte (bjo), and William Benton (d). 

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January 17th in Gennett History…

1928: Otto Gray’s Oklahoma Cowboy Band recorded “Adam & Eve” in Richmond. This was a rerecord. It appeared on Gennett 6376 (Owen Gray), Champion 15482 (McGinty’s Oklahoma Cowboy Band), Challenge 396 (Art Coffee), Silvertone 8157, and Supertone 9242 (Otis Stewart). The band featured Owen Gray (v and g), poss. Lee ‘Zeke’ Allen (v), ‘Chief’ Sanders (f), and Wade ‘Hy’ Allen (bjo). Here is a video of them performing in 1929. 

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January 16th in Gennett History…

1932: Tommie Bradley recorded “Window Pane Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion S – 16696 and Varsity 6054. The recording features Tommie Bradley (v and g), James Cole (f), Eddie Dimmit (mdn), and an unknown washboard player. 

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January 15th in Gennett History…

1882: Happy 136th Birthday, Henry Burr! (1/15/1882) The vocalist recorded several sides for Gennett with the Sterling Trio. This photo is from their entry in the 1923 Gennett Catalog.

Henry Burr / Sterling Trio 1923 Catalog Entry


1925: The Tweedy Brothers recorded “Cripple Creek” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 5635, Champion 15148 (Jennings Brothers), Silvertone 4008, and Buddy 8016. Champion reported sales of 1,532 copies in 1926 and 1927. The Tweedy Brothers were Charles W. Tweedy (piano) & Harry Tweedy (fiddle). 

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