June 10th in Gennett History…

June 10th in Gennett History, 1926: Dorothy and Hezekiah Jenkins- recorded “Curious Blues” in NYC. This recording appeared on Gennett 3335 and Champion 15127. It was coupled with their recording of “Miserable Blues” and carried the notation of “Race Record” on it. The Champion pressing sold 358 copies in 1926 and 1927. 

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June 3rd in Gennett History…

June 3rd in Gennett History, 1922: Starr Piano president and Gennett records founder, Henry Gennett passed away in Dayton, Ohio.

Henry and Alice Gennett in Hyde Park, London circa 1911

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June 1st in Gennett History…

June 1st in Gennett History, 1923: Richard M. Jones recorded “Jazzin’ Babies Blues” in Richmond. This solo piano piece appeared on Gennett 5174 and Jazz Collector L-85. 

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May 4th through the 6th in Gennett History…

May 4th in Gennett History, 1928: Allison’s Sacred Harp Singers recorded “Sweet Morning” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6606. 

 

May 5th in Gennett History…

1901: Happy 117th Birthday, Blind Willie McTell! (5/5/1901). The guitarist recorded with Curley Weaver for Champion with many of the records also ending up on Decca in April 1935 in Chicago. Here Weaver and McTell recorded their “Two Faced Woman.” 

1977: prolific Gennett recording artist and organizer, Sam Lanin died. Lanin’s Famous Players recorded ‘”Wabash Blues” in NYC on 11/24/1921. It appeared on Gennett 4796, Connorized 3019, Edison Bell Winner 3643, Rich-Tone 7013, and Starr-Gennett 9180. 

 

May 6th in Gennett History…

1903: Happy 115th Birthday Cliff Carlisle! (5/6/1903). Carlisle recorded over two dozen sides as both a featured performer and sideman for Gennett and Champion, including “Chicken Roost Blues” with Wilbur Ball from 12/9/1931. It appeared on Champion 16364, Champion 45132, Superior 2777, Montgomery Ward 8036, and Decca X-1238. Champion 16364 sold only 250 copies in 1932. 

 

1924: The Wolverine Orchestra recorded “Riverboat Shuffle” in Richmond. It was released on Gennett 5454. The track featured Bix Beiderbecke (c); Jimmy Hartwell (cl); George Johnson (ts); Dick Voynow (p); Bob Gillette (bj/g); Min Leibrook (tu); Vic Moore (d). Ninety-one years ago, the band also recorded “Copenhagen,” “Oh Baby,” and “Susie.” 

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May 3rd in Gennett History…

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…

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…

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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