September 12th in Gennett History…

Ernest and Hattie Stoneman’s Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

1929: Frank Jenkins’ Pilot Mountaineers recorded “Sunny Home in Dixie” in Richmond.  The recording appeared on Gennett 7034 and Supertone 9677.  The recording featured Ernest Stoneman (g), Frank Jenkins (f), and Oscar Jenkins (f).

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September 11th in Gennett History…

1930: Lew Childre recorded “Horsie Keep Your Tail Up” in Richmond.  The recording appeared on Gennett 7312, Champion 16093, and Supertone 9773. The recording featured Lew Childre (v & g) and Wiley Walker (f). The Champion issue sold 2,400 copies between 1930 and 1933. This video is from his 1936 recording on Conquerer.  

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September 7th in Gennett History…

1921: Company President, Fred Gennett, recorded “To Senator Watson On Equality Of Taxation” in Richmond. This is one of the earliest recordings made in the Richmond, Indiana studio.

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September 6th in Gennett History…

1929: The Carver Boys recorded “The Brave Engineer” in Richmond.” It appeared on Paramount 3198, Broadway 8246, and ARC-Broadway 8246. The Gennett recording ledger noted on another Carver Boys recordings that day that “credited to Carver Boys and Joshua White – Carver Boys were a white ‘old time’ group – Race Series.” The track featured Noble ‘Uncle Bozo’ Carver (v & g), Robert Carver (v & g), and Warner Carver (bjo). 

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September 5th in Gennett History…

1922: McMurray’s California Thumpers recorded “Blue” in NYC.  The recording appeared on Gennett 4943, Apex 464, and Starr Gennett 9292.

 

1928: The Dunham Jubilee Singers recorded “Holy is My Name” in Richmond.  The recording appeared on Gennett 6625, Champion 15655, and Supertone 9303. A royalty accounting sent to Alf Dunham, noted sales of approx. 400 copies in 1929.  The recording featured the following vocalists: Charlie ‘Son’ Dunham, Rufus Beavers, Arthur Lee Turner, Leon Patrick, and Ben Ransaw.  

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September 4th in Gennett History…

1891: Happy 127th Birthday, Sam Lanin! Lanin was born on 9/4/1891. He led and organized over a hundred sessions at Gennett with his orchestra, Ladd’s Black Aces, Bailey’s Lucky Seven, and others, though he played little on them. Here is Sam Lanin’s Famous Players recording of “Swingin’ Down The Lane” from Gennett 5143. 

 

1922: McMurray’s California Thumpers recorded “Oogie Oogie Wa Wa” in NYC. The recording appeared on Apex 464, Gennett 4943, and Starr-Gennett 9292. The recording features Phil Napoleon (c), Miff Mole (tb), Loring McMurray (sax), Jules Levy (bjo), Frank Signorelli (p), and John Cali (d).

 

1930: Walter Cole recorded “Mama Keep Your Yes Ma’am Clean” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion 16104 and Gennett 7318. It featured Walter Cole (v), Ralph Miller (p), Bayless Rose (g), and James Robinson (f). The Gennett ledger noted this performance as “Fair, B+.” The Champion issue sold 718 copies in 1930 and 1931. 

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September 3rd in Gennett History…


King Oliver Working Man Blues

Happy Labor Day from Gennett Records!  King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band recorded “Working Man Blues” on October 5, 1923 in Richmond.  The recording featured Joe ‘King’ Oliver and Louis Armstrong (c), Honore Dutrey (tb), Johnny Dodds (cl), Lil Hardin Armstrong (p), Johnny St. Cyr (bj), and Baby Dodds (d).  The recording appeared on Gennett 5275, Biltmore 1028, and Tempo R-29. 

 

Vernon Dalhart Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion

1925: Vernon Dalhart recorded “The John T Scopes Trial” in NYC. It appeared on Challenge 166, Champion 15025, Gennett 3134, and Silvertone 3134. The Champion issue sold approx. 600 copies in 1925 and 1926. The Gennett recording featured Carson Robison on guitar. This recording is from his earlier version on Edison. 

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