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. The school was run by William B. Houchens, who recorded the first hillbilly sides for Gennett in 1922 and was a member of the Cincinnati Conservatory.
1923: Tom Ennis recorded “Cherish the Ladies” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5283, Starr-Gennett 9479, and O’Byrne DeWitt 39020 and featured Ennis (pipes) and Harry Race (piano).
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.
1934: Sam Nowlin recorded “So What” in Richmond. It appeared on Champion 16828 and 40012 and featured Nowlin (piano).
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.
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. This is the Romeo record recorded in the next year.
Cliff Carlisle recorded “Desert Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 7187, Champion 15992, Champion 45155, Supertone 9710 (as Amos Greene), and Decca 5531. The Champion 15992 issue sold approx. 7,500 copies between 1930 and 1932.
1929: King Mutt and His Tennessee Thumpers recorded “Maxwell Street Stomp” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6796, Champion 15696, Champion 40043, Creole 5, Supertone 9431, Vocalion V-1035, and XX 2. The track featured Punch Miller (c), George James (as), King Mutt ? (cl), Jimmy Blythe ? (p), Willie Baker ? (g), Tommy Taylor (d).
1967: Muggsy Spanier passed away. He recorded “Hot Mittens” with The Bucktown Five in Richmond on 2/25/1924. It appeared on Gennett 5518, Claxtonola 40353, Tempo R-1, and Temple 544. The recording featured Muggsy Spanier (c), Guy Carey (tb), Volly de Faut (cl), Mel Stitzel (p), and Marvin Saxbe (gtr/bjo).
1929: Zach Whyte’s Chocolate Beau Brummels recorded “Hum All Your Troubles Away” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6781 and Supertone 9486. The recording featured Sy Oliver, Bubber Whyte and Henry Savage (c), Floyd Brady (tb), Earl Tribble Al Sears, Snake Richardson, and Clarence Page (sax), Herman Chittison (p), Montgomery Morrison (bs), Zach Whyte (bjo), and William Benton (d).
Ernest and Hattie Stoneman’s Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
February 5th in Gennett History, 1927: Ernest Stoneman recorded “Kenney Wagner’s Surrender” in NYC. It appeared on Silvertone 5004, Silvertone 25004, Gennett 6044, Champion 15222, and Herwin 75535. The Champion royalty ledger noted to Ernest Stoneman sales of 12,368 copies between 1927 and 1931.
Georgia Tom Dorsey Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
1930: Georgia Tom Dorsey recorded six sides in Richmond, most of them released under the pseudonym ‘Smokehouse Charlie.’ In addition to Dorsey’s vocals and guitar, these tracks feature Scrapper Blackwell on guitar. The recording of “Maybe It’s the Blues” was released on Champion 15994 and Champion 50054. Performer royalties sent to Thomas Dorsey, noted sales of approx. 1,400 copies between 1930 and 1932 of Champion 15994 and 207 copies of Champion 50054 for the period ending 9/30/36.
1923: Ted Claire Snappy Bits Band under the direction of Chas. Watson recorded “Laughin’ Cryin’ Blues” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 5060 and Starr-Gennett 9350. The only known player was Charles A. Matson on piano.
1980: Jimmy Durante passed away. He recorded “Why Cry Blues” with the Jimmy Durante Jazz Band in NYC in May of 1920. It appeared on Gennett 9045 and Starr-Gennett 9042. In addition to Durante (p), the track featured Frank Christian (c), Frank Lhotak (tb), Achille Baquet (cl), and John Hountha Stein (d). The Starr-Gennett Foundation inducted Durante into its Walk of Fame in September 2016.