Sometime in December in Gennett History, 1919: The Gennett Orchestra recorded “Me-Ow One Step” sometime in 1919. It appeared on Gennett 4511 – one of the first Gennett Laterals released in 1920. The patent to all lateral discs and recording expired in Fred Gennett’s opinion on 12/10/1919 with the Jones / Columbia patent.
1924: The Rev. J.M. Gates and His Congregation recorded “I Know I Got Religion” in NYC. It appeared on Black Patti 8016, Champion 15223, Gennett 6034, Herwin 92005, and Silvertone 5020. The Champion issue sold 3,168 copies in 1927 and 1928. Amen.
1922: C. A. Nichols supervised the recording of the Gennett Physical Records (5031 & 5032) in NYC. Here I play the B side of Gennett 5031on my portable Starr phonograph. C. A. Nichols leads the listener on exercises 3 & 4. A 1923 catalog lists the Physical Culture set at $2.75.
1924: The Wolverine Orchestra recorded ‘When My Sugar Walks Down the Street’ in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5620, Starr-Gennett 9611, and Tempo R-24. This recording featured Dave Harmon (v), Jimmy McPartland (c), George Brunies (tb), Jimmy Hartwell & George Johnson (sax), Dick Voynow (p), Min Leinbrook (bs), Bob Gillette (bjo) and Vic Moore (d). Bix Beiderbecke is not on this recording.
1932: Jess Hillard recorded “Blue Yodel No. 10 (Ground Hog Rootin’ In My Back Yard)” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion 16525. Hillard sang and played guitar.
November 30 in Gennett History, 1928: Green Bailey recorded “The Santa Barbara Earthquake” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6702, Champion 15652, and Supertone 9320. The recording featured Green Bailey (v), Asa Martin (g), and Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts (f). Performers royalties sent to Doc Roberts noted sales of approx. 1,500 copies of Champion 15652 in 1929.
1920: the Putnam Theatre in Brooklyn ran a newspaper ad for Mamie Smith and Her Jazz Hounds, proclaiming her an “Attraction Extraordinary.” A few weeks earlier Okeh released Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues” and it sold extremely well. Thanks in part to Gennett’s victory in the early patent case (Victor Talking Machine Co. v. Starr Piano), an injunction to stop to smaller labels from using lateral cut 78s was denied. Thus Okeh could release this, the “first race record” to an eager audience who possessed the right equipment. Without the injunction, Okeh faced an uphill battle trying to release this on the unpopular vertical / ‘hill and dale’ disk.
1929: Bert Stock and His Orchestra recorded “Turn on the Heat” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 7059, Champion 15886, and Supertone 9585. The recording featured Doc Mayer (v), Joe Barone and George McKee (c), Delmar “Dick” Evans (tb), Hap Swanson and Lee Loveland (as/cl), Bert Stock and Edward Walker (p), Billy Yates (g), Hank August (bs), Billy Yates (bjo), and Doc Meyers (d/xyl). The Champion issue sold 2,746 copies in 1930.
Baileys Lucky Seven Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
November 28th in Gennett History, 1925: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Me)” in NYC. The recording appears on Gennett 3204, Champion 15065, Beltona 979, Guardsman 1876, and Scala 763. It features Arthur Fields (v), Red Nichols (c), Phil Napoleon (c), Miff Mole (tb), Dick Johnson ? (sax/cl), Bobby Davis ? (sax/cl), Fred Morrow (ts/cl), Joe Tarto (bs), John Cali ? (bjo), Vic Berton (d). Champion 15065 sold approx. 1,900 copies in 1926 and 1927.
November 27th in Gennett History, 1965: Gennett Records head, Fred Gennett, died at the age of 79. From Rick Kennedy’s Jelly Roll, Bix & Hoagy, “Fred was more of a dreamer…He had no personal interest in the jazz being embraced by young people, but it represented a business opportunity.” (pg. 50).
Mother (Hazel Reid Gennett), Father (Fred Gennett) and Columbia Gypsy (Judith Gennett)