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December 4th in Gennett History…

1922: C. A. Nichols supervised the recording of the Gennett Physical Records (5031 & 5032) in NYC.  Here I play the B side of Gennett 5031on my portable Starr phonograph.  C. A. Nichols leads the listener on exercises 3 & … Continue reading

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December 3rd in Gennett History…

1955: Cow Cow Davenport passed away. He recorded “Chimes Blues” on April 1,1929 in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6838, Champion 15726 (Charlie Davenport), Paramount 12800 amongst many others. 

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December 1st in Gennett History…

  1930: Gene Autry recorded “A Yodeling Hobo” in NYC. Released on Champion 45172, Decca 5527, Montgomery Ward 4932 & 8017. Autry sang and played the guitar. Champion 45172 sold 555 copies for the period ending in September 1936.    … Continue reading

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November 30 in Gennett History…

1928: Green Bailey recorded “The Santa Barbara Earthquake” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 6702, Champion 15652, and Supertone 9320. The recording featured Green Bailey (v), Asa Martin (g), and Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts (f). Performers royalties sent to Doc Roberts … Continue reading

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November 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 Okeh released Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues” and it sold extremely well. Thanks in part … Continue reading

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Gennett Documentary Available for Free for One Month

The Music Makers of Gennett Records from WTIU-TV (Bloomington) is now available to stream for free on their website until the end of December. I am very proud to have participated in it (interviewed, provided photos Linda G Irmscher and I discovered for our book “Images … Continue reading

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November 27 in Gennett History…

1925: Fess Williams and His Royal Flush Orchestra recorded “Caroline” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 3210. The recording featured Fess Williams and Perry Smith on (v & sax/cl), George Temple on (c), David “Jelly” James (tb), Ollie Blackwell (bjo), … Continue reading

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