Gennett Electrobeam Race Records • Highlights from the 1928 Catalog


Several of these “Cryin'” Sam Collins recordings also appeared on Black Patti. Gennett issued only four Frankie “Half-Pint” Jaxon numbers, plus one  recording that appeared only on Black Patti. Jaxon switched to Vocalion in November 1928, which did a considerably better job of marketing him.


Bertha Ross’ recordings were made during Gennett’s summer 1927 stay in  Birmingham, Alabama, where Gordon Soule set up a temporary studio in the Starr Piano store. The last four titles are all pseudonymous — “Pauline James” = Hattie Garland; “Violet Jackson” = Eloise Bennett; “Flo Edwards” = Katie Winters;  and “Trixie Williams” for Lil Brown, all according to the Gennett ledgers.


The Blackbirds of Paradise cut nine titles during Gennett’s Birmingham visit  — four of them issued on Gennett, two on Black Patti, and three unissued. Alex Jackson’s Plantation Orchestra had two Gennett sessions in Richmond, Indiana, in September and October 1927, that resulted in six issued titles.

(From the Bill Bryant archive)