October 10th in Gennett History, 1928: William Harris recorded “Bullfrog Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 661, Champion 15614 (as Bud Johnson), and Conqueror 7264. Champion noted over 2,000 sales to Harris between 1928 and 1929. This is probably my favorite Gennett recording of all-time.
Bix Beiderbecke’s Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
1924: The Sioux City Six recorded “Flock O’ Blues” and “I’m Glad” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5569, Brunswick 02207, and Session 7. The recording featured Bix Beiderbecke (c), Miff Mole (tb), Rube Bloom (p), Min Leibrook (bs), and Vic Moore (d).
1928: William Harris recorded “Electric Chair Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6752 and Supertone 9428 (as Alonzo Boone).
1923: Twenty Violin Pupils of the Houchens Violin School, Dayton, Ohio recorded “Humoresque” and “The Directors Choice” in Richmond. The violinists, ages 7 – 15, were accompanied by Miss Mildred Karg on piano. It was issued as a Gennett Personal pressing #20011 with the label head Houchens Violin School.
Gennett Recording Card, mx. 11641 – Houchens Violin School
1924: The Wolverine Orchestra recorded “Tia Juana” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 5565, HRS 26, and Temple 552. The recording featured Bix Beiderbecke (c), George Brunies (tb), Jimmy Hartwell (as/cl), George Johnson (ts), Dick Voynow (p), Min Leibrook (bs), Bob Gillette (bjo), Vic Moore (d).
1930: Willie Dukes recorded “Snake Hip Twirl” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion 16126 and 50055. The royalty accounting for Champion 16126 to Willie Dukes noted sales of 448 copies in 1930 and 1931 and for Champion 50055, sales of 117 copies for the period ending 9/30/36.
October 7th in Gennett History, 1927: Charles Forsythe & James Kelly (Acc. Walter Anderson and His Golden Pheasant Hoodlums) recorded “Call of the South” in St. Paul, Minnesota. It appeared on Gennett 6266 and Champion 15388. The Champion royalty ledger accounted for approx. 600 sales between 1927 and 1928.
Vernon Dalhart Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
October 6th in Gennett History, 1925: Vernon Dalhart recorded “The Wreck of the Shenandoah” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 3158, Champion 15048, Challenge 506, and Silvertone 3812. The Champion ledger book indicates this recording was later rerecorded in 1928. On the 1928 royalty sheet, it has mx. 9768 crossed out and GEX – 1286 written above it. Notes sales of 6,292 between 1926 and 1930. However, another royalty sheet for mx. 9768 stated that this “Special Champion” sold 1,472 copies in 1925 and 1926.
King Oliver’s Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
October 5th in Gennett History, 1923: King Oliver and his Creole Jazz Band recorded eight sides in Richmond. The band included Louis Armstrong and Joe ‘King’ Oliver (c), Honore Dutrey (tb), Johnny Dodds (cl), Lil Hardin (P), Johnny St. Cyr (bjo), and Baby Dodds (d). On this recording you will hear: 00:00 Krooked Blues [Master 11638] [Gennett 5274-A] 02:49 Alligator Hop [Master 11633-B] [Gennett 5274-B] 05:08 Zulu’s Ball [Master 11635-A] [Gennett 5275-A] 07:39 Workingman Blues [Master 11636-B] [Gennett 5275-B].
Homer Rodeheaver Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
Happy 137th Birthday, Homer Rodeheaver! The Gennett Walk of Fame inductee was born on October 4, 1880. He recorded “The Unclouded Day” on October 17, 1922 in NYC and it appeared on Gennett 4987 and Rainbow 1006.