1927: Harry Pollock’s Maurice Club Diamonds recorded “There Ain’t No Maybe in My Baby’s Eyes” in NYC. The recording appeared on Gennett 6026, Champion 15213, Silverstone 5029, Challenge 236, Challenge 239, Challenge 355, Vocalion B-217, and Vocalion XA-18003. It featured Harold Yates (vox) and Harry Pollock (violin). The Champion side sold 1,124 copies in 1927 and 1928.
1923: Norman Provol’s Canaries with Norman Brown (piano) and Lorraine Evon (violin) recorded “Spring Song & Glow Worm” in Richmond. The track contained an “actual canary solo” and appeared on Gennett 5107 and West’s 20156. The West’s label read “N. Provol Offers The Golden Bird ‘Souvenir.” Actual Canary Solo” West’s was the “Largest Manufacturers of the Most Complete Line of Bird Products In The World.” This pressing on the West’s label is being played on my Starr Portophone.
1927: Sybil Fagan Ensemble recorded “Silver Song Bird” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 6060, Champion 15237, Silvertone 5008 & 8274, Supertone 9111, Aco GA-20010, and Melotone FG-10049 and featured Fagan (whistle).
1929: Willie Baker recorded “Weak Minded Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6751, Supertone 9427, and Champion 15694. Champion ledgers contain the following notes: performers royalties to Harry Charles; matrix # 14668 is crossed out and replaced with matrix # 14896 for the “Weak Minded Blues” track.
1928: Les Backer acc. By the Emil Seidel Orchestra recorded “Beautiful” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6359, Champion 15424 (~2800 copies sold), Angelus 3013, Electron 5089, Paramount 2569, Silvertone 8004, Superior 341, and Supertone 9037 and featured Backer (vox).
1929: Willie Baker recorded “Mama Don’t Rush Me Blues” in Richmond. The track appeared on Gennett 6766, Champion 15694 (Steamboat Bill and His Guitar), Supertone 9366 (Willie Jones). The Champion royalty ledger noted sales of approx. 1,100 copies in 1929 to Harry Charles.
1935: Georgia Pine Boy recorded “One More Greasing” in Chicago. It appeared on Champion 50009 and featured Joe McCoy (v & 9) and poss Jimmie Gordon (pn). Joe McCoy is better known as Kansas City Joe who recorded many hits with his wife Memphis Minnie before this recording.
Celebrate today with Ted Gossett’s String Band recording of “Eighth of January.” They made this side on 9/19/1930 in Richmond and it appeared on Champion 16160, Superior 2655, and Supertone 9776. The band featured Earl Nossinger and Enos Gusset (g), Pete Woods (bjo), and Ted Gossett (f). The Champion side sold 885 copies between 1931 and 1933.
1932: Doc Perkins and his Orchestra recorded “Too Late” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion 16376 (79 copies sold) and Superior 2781.
1936: The Mound City Blue Blowers recorded “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” in NYC. It appeared on Champion 40082.
1924: The New York Philharmonic under the direction of Henry Hadley recorded “Suite: The Way of a Boy, Part IV” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 2706 and Ginn G-23-A.
1925: Oliver Naylor’s Seven Aces recorded “Bye Bye Baby” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5643, Starr-Gennett 9615, and Claxtonola 40419. The track featured Edward ‘Pinky’ Gerbrecht (c), Charles Hartman (tb), Newton Richardson (sax), Bill Creger (cl), Oliver Naylor (p), Mr. White (bs), Jules Bauduc (bjo), and Louis Darrough (d).
1922: Bessie Keaunui recorded “The Rosary” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 4999 and featured Keaunui (sg) and Bell’s Famous Hawaiians.
1925: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “Mother Me, Tennessee” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 3192 and Duophone B-5137 and featured Arthur Fields (v), Red Nichols and Phil Napoleon (tpt), Miff Mole (tb), Fred Morrow (ts), Joe Tarto (bs), and Vic Berton (d). https://youtu.be/UJWSVr-iGA8
1927: Johnny Sylvester and His Playmates recorded “A Blues Serenade” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 6026, Champion 15203 (Bobby Jones and His Orchestra), Challenge 234 (Memphis Melody Players), and Silvertone 5024 (Johnson’s Plantation Serenaders). The Champion issue sold 997 copies in 1927. The track featured Johnny Sylvester (c), Mike Martini (tb), Andy Sannella, Larry Abbott, and Jimmy Lytell (sax/cl), Henry Vanicelli (p), Joe Tarto (bs), Lou de Fabbia (bjo), and Ted Napoleon (d).
1893: Happy 129th Birthday, Rudy Wiedoeft ! (1/3/1893). The saxophonist recorded “Valse Yvonne” on 2/10/1922 in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 4834. Here is a vintage clip of Rudy Wiedoeft and Benny Krueger from the 1920s.
1936: Mound City Blowers recorded “The Broken Record” in NYC. It appeared on Champion 40081.
1925: Bailey’s Lucky Seven recorded “The Only, Only One for Me” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5629 and Starr-Gennett 9617 and featured Vic d’Ippolito and Red Nichols (tpt), Miff Mole (tb), and Dick Johnson (as/cl).
Sometime in January 1919: Helen Ware recorded “Melody in F” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett Art Tone 14001 and featured Ware (vn) and Maurice Eisner (pn).
Sometime in January 1919: The Original New Orleans Jazz Band recorded “Ja Da’ in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 4508 and featured Frank Christian (tpt), Frank Lhotak (tb), Achille Baquet (cl), Jimmy Durante (pn), and Arnold Loyacano (d).
Sometime in January 1920: Harry Radioman’s Orchestra recorded “Make That Trombone Laugh” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 9031, Scala 200 and 1200, Starr-Gennett 9031, and Coliseum 1200. The recording featured Raderman (tb) and Rudy Weidoeft (ts).
Sometime in January 1921: The Green Brothers Xylophone Band recorded “Toodles” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 4661, Aco G-15041,Coliseum 1449, Edison Bell Winner 1481, Guardsman 1121, Meloto S-1026, Starr-Gennett 9081, and Tower 272. The track featured Joe Green (xyl).
Happy New Year! Mary Harris and Gennett Records wish you a “Happy New Year Blues.” Harris recorded this side in Chicago on 10/31/1935 for Champion / Decca. It appeared on Champion 50045 and Decca 7804. Harris was accompanied by Peetie Wheatstraw (p) and Charlie Jordan (g).
1927: John McGhee recorded “I Got Mine” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6402, Champion 15503 (John Hutchens), Challenge 391 (George Holden), Silvertone 5212 and 8162, and Supertone 9256 (Jesse Oakley).
Why go outside at midnight to watch the New Year’s fireworks, when you can simply put on Gennett Sound Effects 1182 and enjoy your cocktails in comfort. (Recorded 9/25/35) Happy New Year from Gennett Records!