The Brunswick Recordings

of

Gene Rodemich’s Orchestra

 

 

Orchestra Personnel and some comments on the Recordings

 

                Little information is currently available about the personnel who played on the early recordings of Gene Rodemich’s Orchestra.  As the Orchestra and it’s members became more widely known, however, and their activities were of more interest to the general public, the personnel lists become more detailed and accurate.  Below, lists from various sources are intermingled with discographical information and comments.  Inferences can be made from this information as to just who might be playing on the recordings.  We have found only a limited amount of personnel data directly attributable to Brunswick.  There are just a few comments in the Brunswick ledgers about musicians and vocalists.  On the records themselves there are the listings of the piano duets and trios (Gene Rodemich, Allister Wylie and David H. Silverman) and some vocalists (Al Jolson, Frank Sylvano) are also identified.  The snapshot of the Orchestra members taken on top of the Brunswick Building in New York at the time of the 11/24/24 recording session has everyone in the photo identified.  This is probably the best documented of all of the Rodemich sessions.  A good ear for style and tone may aid in identifying players who appear on multiple recordings.  Any additional information on personnel would be appreciated.  The recordings are presented chronologically in the lists given below.  Many alternate takes are known to have been released so the number of individual recordings available is actually quite large.  Not included in the listings are rejected recordings.  Some of these are also known to exist, although they apparently are extremely rare.

 

                Rust lists only Rodemich himself and the instruments that can be heard on the 1919 and early 1921 records.  Dan Stevens, the grandson of songwriter and banjoist Porter Brown, who played with Rodemich’s Orchestra, has told us that violinist Fred Wilde appears in a 1918 photo of the Orchestra.  He may have played on the 1919 sessions.

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO RUST:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                RECORDING SESSION

                OCTOBER, 1919

 

Gene Rodemich                                        Piano, Leader

?                                                              Trumpet

?                                                              Trombone

?                                                              Alto Sax

?                                                              Cm or Tenor Sax

?                                                              Violin

?                                                              ?Second Violin

?                                                              Banjo

?                                                              Brass Bass

?                                                              Drums

 

ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO EARL BUSS:

    GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

    RECORDING SESSION

    OCTOBER, 1919

 

Ed Buss                                                Trombone

 

#

MATRIX

CATALOG #

TITLE

COMPOSERS

RECORDED

1

3246-47

BR 2026

SWANEE

Gershwin

10/-/19

2

3248-49

BR 2025B

COME TO THE MOON

Gershwin

10/-/19

3

3270

BR 2026

PATCHES

Roberts

10/-/19

4

3275

BR 2031

BOW WOW

Wadsworth

10/-/19

5

4527-28

BR 2059A

JUST SNAP YOUR FINGERS AT CARE

Silvers

1/-/21

6

4531-32

BR 2059B

CASTLE OF DREAMS

Tierney

1/-/21

7

4537-38

BR 2060A

MARGIE

Robinson-Conrad

1/-/21

 

      Composer J. Russel Robinson commented on the recordings of his song “Margie” in a radio interview with

Steve Allen in November of 1948.  Steve asked him about sales figures for records of the song and he replied: “Our

band (ODJB) was the first to record that one on Victor.  I think that my first statement was for 2,000,000 records on

Victor alone.  And Brunswick had beaten us  out.  Gene Rodemich made the first release of it on Brunswick and they

did very well too”.

 

#

MATRIX

CATALOG #

TITLE

COMPOSERS

RECORDED

8

4541-42

BR 2064A

JUNE

Hickman-Black

1/-/21

9

4543-44

BR 2060B

HOME AGAIN BLUES

Irving Berlin-Harry Akst

1/-/21

10

4547-48

BR 2064B

TREASURE ISLE

Herscher-Fiorito-Burke

1/-/21

 

                When Gene Rodemich’s Orchestra began playing at The New Grand Central Theatre in St. Louis the names

of the Orchestra members were included in the printed programs.  Recently some of these programs have surfaced

giving more knowledge as to the musicians who played with Rodemich at the time.  Some of the names which appear in

the 1921 programs are of people who are known to have played on the later recordings.  One would think that there is

a good chance they appear on at least the later 1921 records also.

 

                Phil Evans, in preparing his book on Frank Trumbauer, researched Rodemich’s Orchestra for the time that

Trumbauer played with them.  Although the sources of his information are not known to us the personnel lists agree in

most part with others.  He does list Hammond (Bill) Bailey as playing banjo for the early October 1921 recording

sessions, a listing we have not seen anywhere else.

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO A PROGRAM FOR THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE (ST. LOUIS):      

                NEW GRAND CENTRAL CONCERT ORCHESTRA

                THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE, ST. LOUIS

                SEPTEMBER 10, 1921

 

Gene Rodemich                                    Conductor

Jules Silberberg                                    Assistant Conductor

Otto Reinert                                         Violin

Jules Silberberg                                    Violin

Andrew Gill                                          Violin

Charles Kaub                                       Second Violin

Aug. Stocker                                        Viola

Henry Ruppert                                      ‘Cello

C. Banks                                              ‘Cello

Louis Albers                                         Bass

Gene LePique                                       Piano

Hammond (Bill) Baily                            Xylophones

Paul Sporleeder                                     Drums

Oscar H. Jost                                        Organist

Stanley Wallace                                     Organist

G. Younkman                                        Flute

A. Bafuno                                              Clarinet

Elder Kellersberger                                Oboe

Wm. Cibulka                                         Bassoon

Jules Blattener                                       Trumpet

A.     Bates                                            Trumpet

Sid Hartman                                          Trombone

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO A PROGRAM FOR THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE (ST. LOUIS):

                FEATURE ORCHESTRA DURING COMEDIES

                THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE, ST. LOUIS

                SEPTEMBER 10, 1921

 

Gene Rodemich                                    Piano

Otto Reinert                                         Violin

A.     Bates                                           Cornet

Sid Hartman                                         Trombone

Jules Silberberg                                     Saxophone

Bill Baily                                               Xylophone

Paul Sporleeder                                    Drums

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO EVANS, "TRAM: THE FRANK TRUMBAUER STORY", PAGE 326:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                BRUNSWICK RECORD COMPANY, NEW YORK, NY

                EARLY OCTOBER, 1921

 

Gene Rodemich                    Piano, Leader

Clarence Foster                    Trumpet

Paul Vegna                           Trombone

Frank Trumbauer                  C-Melody/Alto Sax

Benny Krueger                      Alto Sax

Jules Silberberg                     Violin/Sax

Otto Reinert                          Violin

Hammond Bailey                   Banjo/Xylophone

Paul Spoerloder                     Drums

 

Matrix/Record Numbers: 6461/Br 2152, 6462/?, 6474/?, 6475/Br 2152, 6479/

Br 2159 coupled with Matrix 6503, 6480/Br 2159 coupled with Matrix 6504, 6495/Br 2183, 6498/Br 2183,

6503/Br 2159 coupled with Matrix 6479, 6504/Br 2159 coupled with Matrix 6480, 6507/Br 2169, 6516/Br 2169

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO RUST:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                RECORDING SESSION

                OCTOBER, 1921

 

Gene Rodemich                    Piano, Leader

Frankie Trumbauer               Sax

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO A PROGRAM FOR THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE (ST. LOUIS):      

                NEW GRAND CENTRAL CONCERT ORCHESTRA

                THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE, ST. LOUIS

                NOVEMBER 26, 1921

 

Gene Rodemich                                    Conductor

Jules Silberberg                                    Assistant Conductor

Otto Reinert                                         Violin

Jules Silberberg                                    Violin

Andrew Gill                                          Violin

Charles Kaub                                       Second Violin

Aug. Stocker                                        Viola

W. Cibulka                                           Viola

M. Maloske                                         Cello

Louis Albers                                         Bass

Gene LePique                                       Piano

Hammond (Bill) Bailey                          Xylophone

Paul Sporleeder                                    Drums

Oscar H. Jost                                       Organist

Ernest Le Pique                                    Organist

G. Younkman                                       Flute

A. Bafuno                                             Clarinet

Elder Kellersberger                               Oboe

F. Henningberger                                  French Horn

Jules Blattener                                      Trumpet

C. Forster                                            Trumpet

Paul Vegna                                           Trombone

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO A PROGRAM FOR THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE (ST. LOUIS):

                FEATURE ORCHESTRA DURING COMEDIES

                THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE, ST. LOUIS

                NOVEMBER 26, 1921

 

Gene Rodemich                                    Piano

Otto Reinert                                         Violin

C. Forster                                            Trumpet

P. Vegna                                              Trombone

Jules Silberberg                                    Saxophone

Bill Bailey                                             Xylophone

Paul Sporleeder                                    Drums

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO DAN STEVENS:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                RECORDING SESSION      

                NOVEMBER?, 1921

 

Porter Brown                         Banjo

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO EVANS, "TRAM: THE FRANK TRUMBAUER STORY", PAGES 41, 554, 555:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE, ST. LOUIS

                OCTOBER, 1920---NOVEMBER, 1921;  JANUARY, 1922---MAY, 1922

 

Gene Rodemich                    Piano, Leader

Jules Blattner                        Trumpet

Allister Wylie                        Sax

Julius Robb                           Sax

Frank Trumbauer                  Sax

Otto Reinert                          Violin

Gus Schmitt                           Violin

Bill Bailey                              Xylophone

Paul Spor                              Drums

(born: Spoerloder)

 

#

MATRIX

CATALOG #

TITLE

COMPOSERS

RECORDED

11

6461-63

BR 2152A

FANCIES

Spencer

10/-/21 11/-/21

12

6474-77

BR 2152B

GYPSY BLUES

Sissle-Blake

10/-/21 11/-/21

13

6478-80

BR 2159A

JUST LIKE A RAINBOW

Earl-Fiorito

10/-/21 11/-/21

14

6493-95

BR 2183B

RIGHT OR WRONG

Sizemore-Biese

10/-/21 11/-/21

15

6496-98

BR 2183A

BY THE PYRAMIDS

Fiorito

10/-/21 11/-/21

16

6502-04

BR 2159B

CRY BABY BLUES

Meyer

11/-/21

17

6505-07

BR 2169A

SNOWFLAKE

Morgan

11/-/21

18

6516

BR 2169B

APRIL SHOWERS

Silvers

11/-/21

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO A PROGRAM FOR THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE (ST. LOUIS):

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE, ST. LOUIS

                MAY 6, 1922

 

Gene Rodemich                    Piano

Otto Reinert                          Violin

C. Forster                             Cornet

P. Vegna                               Trombone

Jules Silberberg                     Saxophone

Bill Bailey                              Xylophones

Paul Sporleeder                     Drums

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO DAN STEVENS,

CD NOTES, GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA ST. LOUIS 1922:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                RECORDING SESSIONS    

                1922

 

Gene Rodemich                    Piano, Director

Charles Werner                    Cornet

Clarence Foster                    Cornet

Unknown                              Trombone

Bill Bailey (?)                        Sax

Frank Trumbauer (?)             Sax

Fred Wilde                           Violin

Joe Winter                            Violin

Porter Brown                        Banjo

Unknown                              Brass Bass

Paul Spohrleder                     Drums

Allister Wylie                         2nd Piano

David H. Silverman                3rd Piano

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO RUST:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                RECORDING SESSION

                JUNE 1922

                (NAMES CORRECTED)

 

Gene Rodemich                    Piano, Leader

Frankie Trumbauer               Sax

Allister Wylie                        Piano

David H. Silverman               Piano

 

#

MATRIX

CATALOG #

TITLE

COMPOSERS

RECORDED

19

8248-49

BR 2290A

BAMBOO BAY

Donaldson-Egan-Whiting

6/-/22

20

8250-51

BR 2290B

BROKEN-HEARTED BLUES

Ringle-Klickman-Bargy

6/-/22

21

8257-59

BR 2299A

NOBODY LOVES ME NOW

Tracey-Arndt

6/-/22

22

8260-62

BR 2291B

IT'S UP TO YOU (J'EN AI MARRAI)

DeSylva-Yvain

6/-/22

23

8263-65

BR 2299B

WHENEVER YOU'RE LONESOME

Wendling-Kortlander

6/-/22

24

8266-68

BR 2291A

NEATH THE SOUTH SEA MOON

Hirsch-Buck-Stamper

6/-/22

 

                The recordings of “Broken-Hearted Blues”, “Nobody Loves Me Now”, “It’s Up To You”,

“Whenever You’re Lonesome” and “Neath The South Sea Moon” all include piano trios by Gene Rodemich,

David H. Silverman and Allister Wylie.

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO RUST:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                RECORDING SESSION

                DECEMBER 1922

                (NAMES CORRECTED)

 

Gene Rodemich                   Piano, Leader

Allister Wylie                       Piano

David H. Silverman              Piano

 

#

MATRIX

CATALOG #

TITLE

COMPOSERS

RECORDED

25

9395-97

BR 2379A

TEDDY BEAR BLUES

Jackson

12/-/22

26

9398-400

BR 2379B

FATE

Byron Gay

12/-/22

27

9401-03

BR 2381B

THREE LITTLE WORDS

Branch-Brown

12/-/22

28

9407-09

BR 2398A

WITHOUT YOU

Hickman-Black_Moret

12/-/22

29

9410-12

BR 2399B

RAILROAD MAN

Meyer-Erdman-Schoebel

12/-/22

30

9413-15

BR 2381A

FLOWER OF ARABY

Cherkasky-Schmitt-Davis

12/-/22

31

9450-52

BR 2389A

FALLING

Collins-Cameron-Fields

12/-/22

32

9453-55

BR 2391B

DOWN IN MARYLAND

Kalmar-Ruby

12/-/22

 

                The recordings of “Teddy Bear Blues”, “Fate”, “Three Little Words”, “Railroad Man”, “Falling” and

“Down In Maryland” all include piano duos by Gene Rodemich and Allister Wylie.

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO A PROGRAM FOR THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE (ST. LOUIS):      

                NEW GRAND CENTRAL CONCERT ORCHESTRA

                THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE, ST. LOUIS

                JANUARY 12, 1923

 

Gene Rodemich                                    Conductor

Jules Silberberg                                    Assistant Conductor

Otto Reinert                                         Violin

Jules Silberberg                                    Violin

Andrew Gill                                          Violin

Arnold Pesold                                      Violin

C. Foster                                              Trumpet

G. Moskowitz                                      Trumpet

D. Sotilla                                              'Cello

P. Sporleeder                                       Drums

Gene Lepique                                       Piano

Geo. Schmitt                                        Clarinet

Wm. Cibulka                                        Viola

L. Knittle                                              Flute

Ed. Buss                                               Trombone

J. Broughton                                         Tuba

Hammond (Bill) Bailey                          Xylophone

J. Silberberg                                         Saxophone

Bill Bailey                                             Saxophone

M. Henderson                                      Saxophone

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO A PROGRAM FOR THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE (ST. LOUIS):

                FEATURE ORCHESTRA DURING COMEDIES

                THE NEW GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE, ST. LOUIS

                JANUARY 12, 1923

 

Jules Silberberg                                    Saxophone

Bill Bailey                                             Saxophone

M. Henderson                                      Saxophone

Clarence Foster                                    Trumpet

C. Moskowitz                                      Trumpet

J. Broughton                                         Tuba

Edward Buss                                        Trombone

Gene Lepique                                       Piano

Paul Sporleeder                                    Drums

Otto Reinert                                         Violin

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO RUST:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                RECORDING SESSION

                JUNE 19, 1923

                (NAMES CORRECTED)

 

Gene Rodemich                    Piano, Leader

Allister Wylie                        Piano

Larry Conley                        Trombone

Charles Werner                    Trumpet

?                                          Trumpet

?                                          Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax

?                                          Clarinet, Alto Sax

?                                          Clarinet, Tenor Sax

?                                          Banjo

?                                          Brass Bass

Paul Spohrlieder                   Drums

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO JACOBS’ ORCHESTRA MONTHLY, NOVEMBER 1924:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                AT HOTEL STATLER, ST. LOUIS

                SUMMER 1923

   (DESCRIBED AS A YEAR OR SO BEFORE WASHINGTON WON THE PENNANT)

 

Gene Rodemich                    Piano, Leader

Larry Conley                        Trombone

Allister Wylie                        Piano

Paul Spohrlieder                   Drums

Ed Storman                          Banjo

Bill Bailey                             Clarinet, Alto Sax and Xylophone

Otto Reinert                         Violin

Jules Silberburg                     Sax and Violin

Joe Zotterilla                         Tuba

 

George Lottman                    Managed Rodemich Publishing New York Office

 

#

MATRIX

CATALOG #

TITLE

COMPOSERS

RECORDED

33

10880-82

BR 2480A

ROSE OF SUNNY ITALY

DeVoll-Altiere_Chapman

6/19/1923

34

10883-85

BR 2474A

ON THE ISLE OF WICKI WACKI WOO

Kahn-Donaldson

6/19/1923

35

10886-89

BR 2454B

BEBE

Silver-Coslow

6/19/1923

36

10890-93

BR 2474B

OH! SISTER, AIN'T THAT HOT!

White-Donaldson

6/20/1923

37

10906-08

BR 2455B

WOLVERINE BLUES

Spikes-Spikes-Morton

6/21/1923

38

10919-23

BR 2480B

ST. LOUIS TICKLE

Seymour-Snelgrove

6/23/1923

39

10927-29

BR 2455A

WHEN JUNE COMES ALONG WITH A SONG

George M. Cohan

6/25/1923

40

10956-58

BR 2454A

LOVE TALES

Ryan-Rose

6/28/1923

41

11861-65

BR 2527B

BLUE GRASS BLUES

Meyer-Schoebel

11/13/1923

42

11866-69

BR 2550B

THE ARKANSAS MULE

Hirsch-Clark

11/13/1923

43

11888-90

BR 2558B

ST. LOUIS GAL

Robinson

11/15/1923

44

11891-93

BR 2526B

I'M SITTIN' PRETTY IN A PRETTY LITTLE CITY

Davis-Baer-Santley

11/15/1923

45

11894-97

BR 2558A

JUST ONE MORE KISS

Berger-Bell

11/15/1923

46

11898-900

BR 2556B

SHE WOULDN'T DO (WHAT I ASKED HER TO)

Gottlieb-Boutelje-Burt

11/15/1923

47

11901-04

BR 2761B

WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE

Wylie-Rodemich-Conley

11/19/1923

48

11912-15

BR 2550A

SOMEHOW (I'M ALWAYS TO BLAME)

Carson

11/19/1923

49

11916-18

BR 2556A

WHO WILL IT BE

Howard-Pollack

11/19/1923

50

11923-24

BR 2616A

EILEEN

Arden

11/20/1923

51

11925-27

BR 2527A

YOU DARLING YOU

Brockman

11/20/1923

52

11928-29

BR 2525A

HOT ROASTED PEANUTS

Tobias-Breau-Tobias

11/20/1923

53

33-36CH

BR 2572A

MY SWEETHEART

Kahn-Conley-Rodemich

1/18/1924

54

CH45-46

BR 2579B

SUNSHINE OF MINE

Chapman-Kelly-Beiner

2/21/1924

55

CH47-49

BR 2599B

MOBILE BLUES

Rose-Short

2/21/1924

56

CH53-55

BR 2599A

TENTH INTERVAL RAG

Ruby

2/21/1924

 

                The recordings of “Who Will It Be” and “Mobile Blues” include piano duos by Gene Rodemich and

Allister Wylie.  “Tenth Interval Rag” features a piano solo by Gene Rodemich.   “Hot Roasted Peanuts” includes an

unknown vocal duet.  “She Wouldn’t Do (What I Asked Her To)” has a vocal chorus that is not attributed and ends

with a shout by the entire Orchestra.

 

                Larry Conley describes his trombone solos on a number of these Rodemich records in a testimonial

advertisement for the new Martin “Dansant”  trombone.  Of “Wolverine Blues” and “My Sweetheart” he says:

 

                “On ‘Wolverine Blues’ I did a chorus that is composed mostly of fast lip runs.  The perfect action and

    tuning of the Martin horn made this very easy for me, while on ‘My Sweetheart’ I played a melody chorus

    with a freak vibrato tone of my own origination.”

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO EVANS, "TRAM: THE FRANK TRUMBAUER STORY", PAGE 358:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                GRAND CENTRAL THEATRE, ST. LOUIS

                MARCH 1924

                

                (PERSONNEL IDENTIFIED AT A LATER UNSPECIFIED DATE BY JULES BLATTNER &

    CHARLES McHENRY FROM A PHOTOGRAPH ON THE WALL OF MUSICIAN’S

    ASSOCIATION LOCAL #2, ST. LOUIS.  THIS PHOTO WAS PROBABLY TAKEN IN 1922

    NOT 1924 AS INDICATED.)

 

Gene Rodemich                    Piano, Leader

Jules Blattner                        Trumpet

Allister Wylie                        Sax

Julius Robb                           Sax

Frank Trumbauer                  Sax

Otto Reinert                         Violin

Gus Schmitt                          Violin

Bill Bailey                             Xylophone

Paul Spor                             Drums

 

#

MATRIX

CATALOG #

TITLE

COMPOSERS

RECORDED

57

95-98CH

BR 2595A

MY PAPA DOESN'T TWO-TIME NO TIME

Donaldson

3/13/1924

58

99-102CH

BR 2595B

LAZY

Irving Berlin

3/13/1924

 

                The recordings of “Lazy” and “My Papa Doesn’t Two-Time No Time”, which feature vocals by Al Jolson,

were made in St. Louis while Jolson was there performing in the show “Bombo”.  Larry Conley’s trombone can be

heard for an entire chorus behind Jolson on “Lazy”.

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO JACOBS’ ORCHESTRA MONTHLY, JUNE-JULY, 1924:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                PERSONNEL AT OPENING OF BRUNSWICK RECORD DEPARTMENT

                LYON & HEALY STORE, CHICAGO

                EARLY MAY 1924

 

Gene Rodemich                    Piano, Leader

Larry Conley                        Trombone

Charles Werner                    Cornet

Allister Wylie                        Sax, Piano

Paul Spohrlieder                   Drums

Ed Storman                          Banjo, 'Cello, Guitar

Bill Bailey                             Sax, Clarinet, Xylophone

Jess Walton                          Cornet

Otto Reinert                         Violin

Jules Silberburg                     Sax and Violin

Joe Zotterella                        Bass

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO RUST:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                RECORDING SESSION

                JUNE 10, 1924

                (NAMES CORRECTED)

 

Gene Rodemich                    Piano, Leader

Allister Wylie                        Piano

Larry Conley                        Trombone

Charles Werner                    Trumpet

?                                          Trumpet

?                                          Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax

?                                          Clarinet, Alto Sax

?                                          Clarinet, Tenor Sax

Ed Storman                          Banjo

?                                          Brass Bass

Paul Spohrlieder                   Drums

 

#

MATRIX

CATALOG #

TITLE

COMPOSERS

RECORDED

59

13261-63

BR 2680A

TIA JUANA

Rodemich-Conley

6/10/1924

60

13264-67

BR 2641B

FORSAKEN BLUES

Morgan-Straight

6/10/1924

61

13268-70

BR 2797B

TWILIGHT

Storman-Rodemich

6/10/1924

62

13279-82

BR 2663A

SCISSOR GRINDER JOE

Gillespie-Stocco

6/11/1924

63

13293-95

BR 2663B

WOND'RING BLUES

Miller

6/11/1924

64

13304-07

BR 2680B

JUST A FUNNY LITTLE TUNE

Rodemich-Conley

6/12/1924

65

CH137-40

BR 2731A

THAT'S GEORGIA

Little-Gillespie-Shay

9/12/1924

66

CH141-45

BR 2731B

WORRYIN' BLUES

Kahn-Spitalny-Gordon

9/12/1924

67

14034-36

BR 2760B

SHANGHAI SHUFFLE

Rodemich-Conley

10/20/1924

68

14049-51

BR 2756B

DREARY WEATHER

Boland-Winegar

10/21/1924

69

14052-54

BR 2760A

HONOLOU

Conley-Rodemich-Fairman

10/21/1924

70

14072-75

BR 2756A

DEAR ONE

Fisher-Richardson-Burke

10/22/1924

 

                “Dreary Weather”, “Honolou” and “Dear One” feature vocal choruses by Frank Sylvano.

 

                Larry Conley continues his description of the trombone solos on these recordings:

 

                “This type of melody” (referring to the freak vibrato tone described earlier) “I also used on ‘Honolou’,

    my latest composition.  On ‘Shanghai Shuffle’, another one of my own compositions, you will notice a

    novelty chorus on which I end the strain with a high C fast wow-wow.  This one thing in itself is a great

    boost for the Martin Trombone.”

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO SNAPSHOT BELONGING TO LARRY CONLEY:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                BRUNSWICK BUILDING, NEW YORK NY

                DURING BREAK AT RECORDING SESSION (11/24/24)

                PERSONNEL IDENIFIED ON PHOTO

 

Gene Rodemich                    Piano, Leader

Larry Conley                        Trombone

Charles Werner                    Trumpet

Allister Wylie                        Piano

Paul Spohrlieder                   Drums

Ed Storman                          Banjo

Bill Bailey                             Clarinet, Alto Sax and Xylophone

Clarence Forster                   Trumpet

Otto Reinert                          Violin

Jules Silberburg                     Sax and Violin

 

Another player at the session is not in the photo (possibly took the snapshot)--

John Bambridge?                   Tuba

Jess Walton?                         Trumpet

 

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MATRIX

CATALOG #

TITLE

COMPOSERS

RECORDED

71

14350-53

BR 2775B

CHOO CHOO

Ringle-Ellington-Schafer

11/24/1924

72

14354-57

BR 2775A

LONELY AND BLUE

Cowan

11/24/1924

73

14709-13

BR 2824B

HOW COME YOU DO ME LIKE YOU DO

Austin-Bergere

1/19/1925

74

14715-19

BR 2824A

ONE STOLEN KISS

Rodemich-Conley

1/19/1925

75

14965-68

BR 2843B

EVERY BODY LOVES MY BABY

Williams-Palmer

2/17/1925

76

14969-71

BR 2843A

WHEN I THINK OF YOU

Rose

2/17/1925

77

14972-75

BR 2867A

YOU'RE SO NEAR AND YET SO FAR

Spier-Schloss

2/17/1925

78

15345-48

BR 2892A

ISN'T SHE THE SWEETEST THING

Kahn-Donaldson

3/25/1925

79

15349-52

BR 2867B

I HAD SOMEONE ELSE BEFORE I HAD YOU

Harris-Darcy

3/25/1925

80

15353-56

BR 2892B

GOT NO TIME

Kahn-Whiting

3/25/1925

 

                One final note from Larry Conley on his trombone solos:

 

                “There is a different type of trombone playing in each of these records and I made each of them with a Martin

                Trombone.  I have just completed a new record, a composition of my own entitled ‘One Stolen Kiss’ in

    which I used your new Martin ‘Dansant’ Trombone, and after hearing the test record, I am convinced that it

    is even better suited for recording purposes than your previous models.”

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO JACOBS’ ORCHESTRA MONTHLY, JANUARY, 1926:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                PERSONNEL PLAYING ON THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED KMOX, ST. LOUIS

                DECEMBER 1925-JANUARY 1926

 

Gene Rodemich                     Piano, Leader

Fred Wild                              Violin

Al Eldridge                            Piano

Ted Hunt                               Sax, Other Reeds

Alex Halbran                         Sax, Other Reeds

Claud Conrad                        First Trumpet

Nick Belcastro                      Second Cornet

Robert Smith                         Trombone

Duke Selders                         Trombone

Paul Spohrlieder                     Drums

Porter Brown                         Banjo

Bill Bailey                               Xylophone, Other Reeds

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO RUST:

                GENE RODEMICH’S ORCHESTRA

                RECORDING SESSION

                FEBRUARY 2, 1926

                (NAMES CORRECTED)

 

Gene Rodemich                     Piano, Leader

Tom Satterfield                      Piano, Arranger

Fred Wilde                            Violin

Ted Hunt                               Clarinet, Alto Sax

Bill Bailey                              Clarinet, Alto Sax

Alex Holman                          Tenor Sax

Claude Conrad                      Trumpet

Nick Belcastro                       Trumpet

Robert Smith                          Trombone

Paul Spohrlieder                     Drums

Porter Brown                         Banjo

A. Spillier                               Brass Bass

 

#

MATRIX

CATALOG #

TITLE

COMPOSERS

RECORDED

81

E18362-64

BR 3073

HOT NOTES

Rodemich-Satterfield

3/10/1926

82

E18365-67

BR 3073

I'M LONELY WITHOUT YOU

Green-Warren

3/10/1926

 

                “The recordings of “Hot Notes” and “I’m Lonely Without You” were the only electrical recordings made by

Gene Rodemich’s Orchestra.  Gene Rodemich later recorded radio broadcast transcriptions, although we haven’t been

able to locate any to date.  He also supplied the music for films released by Van Beuren Studios in New York.  These

included many of the popular Van Beuren cartoons and the .Mutual films of Charley Chaplin, which were re-released

by Van Beuren with the added soundtrack.

 

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