Gennett Records: The Little Studio That Could – 2
Recordings in the Gennett catalog ranged from sound effects and famous speeches by American statesmen, to novelties like the National Marimba Orchestra and blues, to pop and gospel artists Thomas A. Dorsey, Charley Patton and Gene Autrey who helped shape American popular music.
 

Early panoramic view of Starr Gennett Piano Factory. Photo Courtesy Starr Gennett Foundation

Exterior Starr Recording building, 1940s. Photo Courtesy Duncan Scheidt Collection

 

Henry Gennett Family Portrait. Photo Courtesy Duncan Scheidt Collection

Gennett Recording Laboratories Truck. Photo Courtesy Starr Gennett Foundation

Joe 'King' Oliver first recorded at Gennett with his Creole Jazz Band in 1923. Photo Courtesy Duncan Scheidt Collection

Lil Hardin joined Oliver's band in Chicago in 1921. Photo Courtesy Duncan Scheidt Collection

 

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