May 3rd in Gennett History…

1923: Ladd’s Black Aces recorded “Long Lost Mama (Daddy Misses You)” in NYC. The track appeared on Gennett 5150 and Starr-Gennett 9409 and featured Phil Napoleon (c), Charlie Panelli (tb), Jimmy Lytell (cl), Frank Signorelli (p), and Jack Roth (d). The picture of the band in the Gennett catalog showed an all African American outfit, even though all of the members were white.

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May 2nd in Gennett History…

1927: The California Vagabonds recorded “S-L-U-E Foot” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 6170, Champion 15322 (as Gordon Grimes and his Orchestra), and Aco GA-20026 (as Frisco Syncopators). This recording featured Chelsea Quesley and Frank Cush (c), Tommy Dorsey (tb), Bobby Davis, Arnold Brilhart, Sam Ruby, and Adrian Rollini (sax/cl), Irving Brodaky (p), Tommy Felline (bjo), and Stan King (d). The Champion release sold 2,339 copies in 1927 and 1928. 

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May 1st in Gennett History…

1929: Carson Robison recorded “Why Did I Get Married” in NYC. It was released on Gennett 6854, Champion 15746, and Supertone 6854. The Champion issue sold 37,435 copies between 1929 and 1932.  I am not sure this recording is from this session, but he recorded it in 1929.   

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April 30th in Gennett History…

1925: The Chubb – Steinberg Orchestra recorded “Mandy Make Up Your Mind” and “Steppin in Society” in Richmond. They appeared on Gennett 3058 and featured Art Hicks (vox),Burt Allen and Wild Bill Davison (c), Frank Bamberger (tb), Ray Evans, Homer Beecraft and Jack Weber (sax), Jack Weber (cl), Jack Saatkamp (p), Carl Clauve (bjo), Art Hicks (f), and Bud Ebel (d). 

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April 28th in Gennett History…

1930: Bill Cox recorded “My Rough and Rowdy Ways” in Richmond. The recording appeared on Gennett 7226, Champion 16009, and Supertone 9724. The track featured vocalist Bill Cox on guitar.

1934: Charley Patton passed away. He recorded 14 sides in Richmond for Paramount Records on 6/14/1929, including “Shake It and Break It (But Don’t Let It Fall Mama).” It appeared on Paramount 12869. The fourteen sides were: mx. 15211 – “Mississippi Boweavil Blues” mx. 15214 – “Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues” mx. 15215 – “Down the Dirt Road Blues” mx. 15216 – “Pony Blues” mx. 15217 – “Banty Rooster Blues” mx. 15220 – “It Won’t Be Long” mx. 15221 – “Pea Vine Blues” mx. 15222 – “Tom Rushen Blues” mx. 15223 – “A Spoonful Blues” mx. 15224 – “Shake It and Break It (But Don’t Let It Fall Mama)” mx. 15225 – “Prayer of Death – Part 2” mx. 15225 A – “Prayer of Death – Part 1” mx. 15226 – “Lord I’m Discouraged” mx. 15227 – “I’m Going Home.” 

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April 27th in Gennett History…

1927: Marion Underwood recorded “Coal Creek March” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6240, Supertone 9167, Silvertone 5080, and Silverstone 9167. 

 

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1928: Carmichael’s Collegians recorded “March of the Hoodlums” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6474, Champion 16453, and Champion 40001.  The recording featured Bud Dant (c), Chauncey Goodwin (as/cl), Harold Keating (ts/cl), Hoagy Carmichael (p), Jack Drummond (bs), Arnold Habbe (bjo), Eddie Wolfe (vn), and Andy van Sickle (d). 

 

1934:  The Gennett Sound Effects team recorded “Walking In Snow + Thin Underbrush (2 Cuts): (1) 1 Man; (2) 2 Men” in Richmond. The recording appeared on Gennett Electrical Transcriptions 1139.  

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April 26th in Gennett History…

1926: Alberta Jones recorded “It Must be Hard” in NYC.  It appeared on Gennett 3306, Champion 15101, and Buddy 8033.  The recording featured Alberta Jones (vox) and Carroll Boyd (piano) . The Champion issue sold 402 copies in 1926 and 1927.  

1927: Taylor’s Kentucky Boys recorded “Forked Deer” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6130, Champion 15300, Challenge 302, Silverstone 5082, Silverstone 8183, and Supertone 9170.  The recording featured Willie Young (guitar), Marion Underwood (banjo), and Jim Booker (fiddle).  The Champion issue sold approx. 800 copies in 1927 and 1928. 

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