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What Made Starr Player Pianos So Great?

Ever wonder what made Starr Player Pianos so great?  Well, let this golden-throated announcer explain it.  It appeared on an un-numbered Gennett 78.  The reverse was “Why The Difference Is In The Tone – Demonstration Record for Starr Phonograph.”  Ernest … Continue reading

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Happy 127th Birthday, Harry Frankel! (1/27/1888)

Happy 127th Birthday, Harry Frankel! (1/27/1888). He recorded “How Are You Going To Wet Your Whistle” in 1919 in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 4521. Frankel passed away in 1948 in his home in Richmond, Indiana – the home of … Continue reading

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Nov. 29th in Gennett History, 1920: the Putnam Theatre in Brooklyn ran a newspaper ad for Mamie Smith and Her Jazz Hounds, proclaiming her an “Attraction Extraordinary.”

Nov. 29th in Gennett History, 1920: the Putnam Theatre in Brooklyn ran a newspaper ad for Mamie Smith and Her Jazz Hounds, proclaiming her an “Attraction Extraordinary.” A few weeks earlier Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues” was released an sold extremely … Continue reading

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Looking to add a dessert to your holiday feast? Why not consult Starr Piano’s “Kinks for Candy Cooker” recipe book & catalog. While you are at it, fill out the order form for the ‘Starr Girl’ doll & get your … Continue reading

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Nov. 14th in Gennett History, 1989: Wild Bill Davison Passed Away

Nov. 14th in Gennett History, 1989: Wild Bill Davison passed away. He recorded with the Chubb-Steinberg Orchestra in Richmond in 1925. Gennett set up demonstration recording / broadcasting studio at the Cincinnati Radio Show in March 1925 and had the … Continue reading

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Happy 162nd Birthday to Starr Piano President, Henry Gennett! (9/13/1852)

Happy 162nd Birthday to Starr Piano President, Henry Gennett. Gennett was born on 9/13/1852 in Nashville, TN and was the leading force in the growth of Starr Piano into an industry leader.

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June 3rd in Gennett History, 1922: Starr Piano President and Gennett Records Founder, Henry Gennett, Passed Away

June 3rd in Gennett History, 1922: Starr Piano president and Gennett records founder, Henry Gennett passed away in Dayton, Ohio. Henry Gennett and H. Edgar French posed for this photo in 1897.

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