HOMER: WANTED!

HOMER: WANTED!
by Uncle Dave Lewis

Homer wantedposter

For the past 15 years, I have been working hard to catalog and assess Homer Rodeheaver’s recordings and recording activity, heavily concentrated in — but not exclusively limited to — the field of early sacred recordings. Of course, along with this research, I had assemebled a small, but meaningful, gathering of his recordings on my own, in addition to examining museum copies at the Reneker Museum in Winona Lake, Indiana, at the Archive of Popular Music at Bowling Green State University, the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton and elsewhere. I also plumbed the depths of the Library of Congress, Syracuse University and UCLA databases in search for issues, take information and so forth. With the passing of my friend and colleague Mike Montgomery in 2010, I came into posession of his much larger accumulation of Rodeheaver records and spent several months sorting this vast treasure trove and merging it with my own, with — it turns out — very little duplication between the two collections.

I’m nearly at the point where I know what’s in the collection, and comparing it with the data I have gathered on Homer’s various labels and recording projects, I have a good idea now what is still missing. The list below may seem like a lot, but actually it isn’t much when you compare it to what’s already here, and I am hanging out this shingle in hopes that some enterprising collectors will assist me both with filling in the gaps and expanding the search for data yet further. Homer Rodeheaver, of course, is anything but popular among mainstream 78 collectors, though some are responsive to the beautiful, 4-color Rainbow labels of the 1920-24 period. I sincerely request that you do not throw any of these away, as what you hold might be the last copy of a particular take or performance. While Rainbows 1001 and 1018 made the rounds pretty effectively in their time, the remainder of the catalog is something of a cipher, and numbers above about 1080 are actually pretty rare.

If you do not wish to part with your Rainbow, or other, Rodeheaver record I will be happy to take the matrix number, if any, a label scan and an audio recording if possible. If you wish to sell, I will be glad to buy, but bear in mind I do not have deep pockets, and you won’t get rich selling anything to me. But I will consider any reasonable offer, including trades, barter, donations, paying for shipping and what not. Bear in mind that you are contributing to re-building a vault that has been lost since at least 1965.

Rody had all kinds of production issues with Rainbow in its early days, and was in the habit of replacing sides on issued discs in order to cover for things that became unusable. This led to the issue of many alternate performances, and even selections, on discs from 1001-1030, and a few after. So in the early part of the listing I am looking for only a couple of unique items in addition to a lot of variant issues. I have tried to indicate what they are by the methods that might be available to the reader, stating whether it is a specific, early or late matrix. Matrices on Rainbows are notoriously hard to find, usually scratched in under the label and only visible with a light touch and a strong lamp. Sometimes, there’s nothing, or just an issue number stamped in the deadwax, though sometimes the stamped number is a matrix. I have no idea what Homer’s four digit code means — Capital letter and superscript number at 12:00, digit at 3:00, letter — usually “S” — at 6:00, another digit at 9:00. But the matrix is to be found elsewhere.

But I am still finding surprises even today. Just last month, a kind collector sent along a copy of 1021 with a very early matrix that I’d never seen before. So get out your magnifying glasses.

Here is a selection of basic labels to guide you as to the various Rainbow label types. Within these designs the variety of typefaces, place names and other details are innumerable, but the four pictured here represent the labels in a general sense.

The “Sacred Record” design was the first, and is only seen on records made from 1920-21. Most, maybe all, of these were made in Winona Lake, Indiana.

RB Sacred Record

The “Gold Ring” design is the most common one seen, and appears on records made between 1921-24. Some earlier masters from the “Sacred Record” period do appear on this label, as well as the remade versions that replaced them. This label was printed by a company based in Cincinnati.

RB gold ring

The “Ochre” label takes the gold ring design and applies a purplish overcoat; this is one of the prettiest record label designs ever, but the labels do not hold up as well as the earlier ones; they tend to darken. It was only used in 1924-25, though as before one may find earlier releases on this label as well.

RB ochre

The “Maroon” label was fabricated by Gennett, and the gold ink turns the heavenly musical staff into an indistinguisable blob. This co-existed with the Ochre design for about a year or two, but it was the only label used in 1926 for numbers 1125 and above. The main purpose of this label was to bring the cost down, and when it appeared, Rodeheaver was selling these for 65 cents, rather than a dollar. Practically the whole catalog was issued, at one time or another, on this label design, though they are not necessarily more common than issues on the Gold Ring design.

RB Maroon

This is a Rainbow test, and only four of these are known to exist.

RB test

HR reported 1001 as his top-selling disc, perhaps on the strength of its performance at the 1920 Winona Lake Bible Conference, where it was the only Rainbow title rolled out and was the label’s initial release. Given its novelty at the event, there is little doubt that all copies made for the Conference — however many there were — were sold. However, those early copies are not exactly thick on the ground. I have collected a number of 1001s but all of them are of the mx. 924/969 combination, a later remake from 1924. The copy in Wheaton is mx. 11115/3; 11520 is shown in the Gennett ledger as “rejected,” but in all cases where that designation is given, that doesn’t neccessarily mean the master wasn’t used in some way. Nevertheless, I’m well covered for 924/969.

Rainbow 1001A Homer Rodeheaver: Safe in the Arms of Jesus mx. 1 or 2, 11115
Rainbow 1001B Homer Rodeheaver: I Walk with the King mx. 3, 11520
Rainbow 1003A Mixed Quartet: Almost Persuaded
Rainbow 1004B Homer Rodeheaver: An Evening Prayer, mx. 8963
Rainbow 1006A Homer Rodeheaver: The Unclouded Day, mx. 8068
Rainbow 1006B Homer Rodeheaver: Laying My Treasure Up There, mx. 8069
Rainbow 1007A Asher & Rodeheaver: When I Look in His Face, mx. 11001
Rainbow 1008B Homer Rodeheaver: My Wonderful Dream, mx. 7893
Rainbow 1009A The Sybil Sammis Singers: Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray
Rainbow 1009B The Sybil Sammis Singers: My Soul is a Witness
Rainbow 1010A Homer Rodeheaver: Mother’s Prayers Are Calling Me, mx. 7890
Rainbow 1010B Homer Rodeheaver: Me An’ Pap An’ Mother, mx. 11088
Rainbow 1011A Homer Rodeheaver: How Tedious and Tasteless the Hours, mx. 8421
Rainbow 1011B Asher & Rodeheaver: In the Garden, mx. 11092
Rainbow 1014A Winona Lake Chorus: The Star-Spangled Banner
Rainbow 1014A Winona Lake Chorus: Brighten the Corner
Rainbow 1014 Homer Rodeheaver: Brighten the Corner Where You Are, mx. 7901
Rainbow 1015B Asher & Rodeheaver The Old Rugged Cross, early mx.
Rainbow 1016A Rainbow Quartette: The Church in the Wildwood, early mx.
Rainbow 1016A Rainbow Quartette: The Church in the Wildwood, mx. 7533
Rainbow 1016A Homer Rodeheaver & Criterion Quartet: The Church in the Wildwood, mx. 7908A
Rainbow 1016A Homer Rodeheaver & Criterion Quartet: The Church in the Wildwood, mx. 7908B
Rainbow 1017A Bob Mathews: Humoresque and Swanee River, mx. 11105
Rainbow 1017B Bob Mathews: Take My Life and Let It Be, mx. 11106
Rainbow 1019B Asher & Rodeheaver Still Undecided
Rainbow 1020B Homer Rodeheaver: He Whispers His Love to Me
Rainbow 1026A Loren Jones: Oh My Soul Bless Thou Jehovah, early mx.
Rainbow 1026B Loren Jones: ‘Tis the Precious Name of Jesus, early mx.
Rainbow 1028A Loren Jones: The Man of Galilee, early mx.
Rainbow 1028A Loren Jones: Christ Returneth, early mx.
Note: Rainbow 1026/1028 is not listed in any catalog before 1922, and the versions commonly found of both are Marsh Labs electricals made late in that year. But according to a newspaper article found by Richard Rachielson, an earlier incarnation of these discs were flown up to Steubenville, Ohio — Loren Jones’ home town — and sold out within a day in April of 1921. So far, no copies have surfaced.
Rainbow 1032A Dan Beddoe: A Heart Like Thine
Rainbow 1032B Dan Beddoe: Jesus is Mine
Rainbow 1037A Homer Rodeheaver: Brighten the Corner Where You Are, mx. 7901
Rainbow 1037B Homer Rodeheaver: Open My Eyes, mx. 7892
Rainbow 1038A Homer Rodeheaver: If Your Heart Keeps Right, mx. 7891
Rainbow 1038A Homer Rodeheaver: If Your Heart Keeps Right, mx. 8072
Rainbow 1038B Homer Rodeheaver: One Day
Rainbow 1039A Homer Rodeheaver: When Malindy Sings, mx. 11104
Rainbow 1039B Homer Rodeheaver: Me An’ Pap An’ Mother, mx. 11088
Rainbow 1040A Homer Rodeheaver: Since Jesus Came Into My Heart, mx. 8423
Rainbow 1042A Homer Rodeheaver: Lonesome
Rainbow 1042B Homer Rodeheaver: Carry On!
Rainbow 1047A Asher & Rodeheaver: All the Way to Calvary, mx. 11103
Rainbow 1047B Asher & Rodeheaver: Calling Thee, mx. 11100
Rainbow 1047B Ruth Rodeheaver: O Hear Him Calling Thee, mx. 7881
Rainbow 1048B Asher & Rodeheaver: Christ Died, mx. 11102
Rainbow 1049B Homer Rodeheaver: A Banjo Song, late mx.
Rainbow 1050A Homer Rodeheaver: Spelling Love
Rainbow 1050B Homer Rodeheaver: Happiness
Rainbow 1052B Homer Rodeheaver: Good Night and Good Morning, mx. 7911B
Rainbow 1055A Homer Rodeheaver: Christ is All
Rainbow 1055B Homer Rodeheaver: The Hem of His Garment
Rainbow 1059A Homer Rodeheaver: Sweeter As the Years Roll By, mx. 7902
Rainbow 1059B Homer Rodeheaver: Transformed
Rainbow 1061A Homer Rodeheaver: Brighten the Corner Where You Are, mx. 7901
Rainbow 1061B Homer Rodeheaver: If Your Heart Keeps Right, mx. 7891
Rainbow 1061B Homer Rodeheaver: If Your Heart Keeps Right, mx. 8072
Rainbow 1086 Wiseman Sextet: A Great Camp Meeting
Rainbow 1086 Wiseman Sextet: I Know I Been Changed
Rainbow 1088A Wiseman Quartet: Hush, Somebody’s Calling My Name
Rainbow 1088B Wiseman Quartet: I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray
Rainbow 1089A Homer Rodeheaver & Wiseman Sextet: Do You Think I’ll Make a Soldier
Rainbow 1089B Homer Rodeheaver & Wiseman Sextet: Sign of Judgment & That Old Time Religion
Rainbow 1096A Wiseman Quartet: I Have a Mother in the Rock of Ages
Rainbow 1096B Wiseman Quartet: Hard Tryin’
Rainbow 1103 Homer Rodeheaver: Yes He Did
Rainbow 1103 Homer Rodeheaver: I Heard de Angels Singing
Rainbow 1104 Homer Rodeheaver: There is Power in the Blood
Rainbow 1104 Homer Rodeheaver: Elijah’s God Still Loves
Rainbow 1105 Homer Rodeheaver: The Lily of the Valley
Rainbow 1105 Homer Rodeheaver: I Love to Tell the Story
Rainbow 1108 Homer Rodeheaver: Love Found a Way
Rainbow 1108 Homer Rodeheaver: Will the Circle Be Broken
Rainbow 1110A Elton Roth & Rodeheaver: The End of the Road
Rainbow 1110B Homer Rodeheaver: I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go
Rainbow 1111A Wiseman Quartet: Hand Me Down the Silver Trumpet
Rainbow 1111B Wiseman Quartet: O, Rocks Please Don’t Fall Down on Me
Rainbow 1112A Wiseman Sextet: What Kind of Shoes Will You Wear
Rainbow 1112B Wiseman Sextet: Look Away to Heaven
Rainbow 1113 Homer Rodeheaver: The Living God
Rainbow 1113 Homer Rodeheaver: Recessional
Rainbow 1115 Homer Rodeheaver: Glorious City
Rainbow 1115 Homer Rodeheaver: Does Jesus Care
Rainbow 1116 Cambrian Mixed Quartet: Hail! All Hail the Glorious Name
Rainbow 1116 Cambrian Mixed Quartet: The First Noel
Rainbow 1118 Homer Rodeheaver: Is This Not the Land of Beulah?
Rainbow 1118 Homer Rodeheaver: Palms of Victory
Rainbow 1124 Homer Rodeheaver: The Battle Cry of Freedom
Rainbow 1124 Homer Rodeheaver: America the Beautiful
Rainbow 1125 Homer Rodeheaver: Columbia’s Song
Rainbow 1125 Homer Rodeheaver: America for Me
Rainbow 1127 Homer Rodeheaver: A Child of the King
Rainbow 1127 Homer Rodeheaver: An Old Fashioned Meeting
Rainbow 1128A Jackson College Jubilee Singers: Swing Low
Rainbow 1128B Jackson College Jubilee Singers: Steal Away
Rainbow 100 Jaroslav Cimera: The Palms
Rainbow 100 Jaroslav Cimera: The Lost Chord
Rainbow 102 Salvation Army Territorial Staff Band: Hallelujah Chorus
Rainbow 102 Salvation Army Territorial Staff Band: Jesus is Mighty to Save
Rainbow 103 Salvation Army Territorial Staff Band: Unknown selections
Rainbow 300A H.F. Larsen: Jesus Gör Mig Nöld och Stilla
Rainbow 300B H.F. Larsen: Om Dagen Mig Hos Jesus, mx. 740, 750
Rainbow 301 H.F. Larsen: Vill Du Möta Nig Hos Jesus
Rainbow 301 H.F. Larsen: Jesus Kallar
Rainbow 500A Homer Rodeheaver: Jesus Loves Me (in Japanese)
Rainbow 500B Homer Rodeheaver: What a Friend We Have in Jesus (in Japanese)
Rainbow 600A Homer Rodeheaver: If I Could Be By Her
Rainbow 600B Homer Rodeheaver: Negro Stories of the War
Rainbow 8000 Homer Rodeheaver: One Night When Sorrow Burdens You
Rainbow 8000 Homer Rodeheaver: O God of Love
Rainbow unnumbered Homer Rodeheaver: Christmas Greetings 1921
Rainbow unnumbered Homer Rodeheaver: The Heavenly Stranger, mx. 511
Rainbow unnumbered Homer Rodeheaver: Brightening the Corner Around the World

When Homer Rodeheaver moved the company to Chicago in early 1922 — after a failed bid to re-establish it in New York City — he placed it in the charge of his brother Yumbert Rodeheaver. The Rodeheaver Record Company then immediately offered a service to make “Special” records, drawing upon a business model developed by Gennett in Richmond. Anybody could make records as long as they paid for them; they need not talent, just the desire to be on wax. Making Special records was part of one’s training if a person was studying singing with Homer Rodeheaver, and he continued this practice with semi-pro equipment in his lessons even in the 1940s and 50s. Ultimately, Rodeheaver’s Special and Gennett’s Personal merged for a time, sharing jobs and production duties. Specials commonly bear no issue numbers, but many show at least a matrix, and these appear in a dizzying variety. Though Chicago city directories list the Rodeheaver Record Company as active through 1929, the latest recording I can find dates to just 1927. Some of these records were one-sided.

The listing below are just of Rodeheaver Specials I know about and don’t have, but there are doubtless many others — possibly hundreds more — that I do not know about at all. Even if you don’t want to part with your Special — and I can hardly blame you, as some were produced in runs as low as *six* copies — I’d still love the data, a label scan and an audio recording if possible. I would appreciate ANY help that can be offered on the Special label; no ledger or published catalog is known to exist for it. Some of these are the most obscure records of the 1920s.

As to label types, these appear in a tremendous variety. But, in brief, the earliest label is of this ornate design, often with a picture of the artist located in an oval placed at the top. Perhaps there was an extra charge for this service, as many show a generic design inside the oval, rather than a picture.

Special Carter

Special no inset

However, as with Rainbow, printing the label ultimately passed to Gennett, which opted for a far simpler, “batwing” design like Victor had lately abandoned for its “scroll.” And this typified the appearance of Specials from about 1925 to the end, whenever that was.

Special bat

Special 2017 Henry Proctor: Address to Negroes
Special 2017 Nazarene Choir: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Special 8650 Alice Shekelton & Everett C. Mills: Row Us Over the Tide
Special 8650 Alice Shekelton & Everett C. Mills: The Old Rugged Cross
Special 20115A Dr. Bhagahat Singh Thind: “Aum” The Sacred Hum of the Universe
Special 20115B Dr. Bhagahat Singh Thind: Purifying the Sub-concious Mind
Special 20157 Warren Lowman & Mrs. Lowman: The Old Fashioned Meeting
Special 20157 Warren Lowman & Mrs. Lowman: There’s Nothing Here to Destroy Our Joy
Special 20173A Eleanor H. Rosen: Coquette — Marguerites
Special 20173A Eleanor H. Rosen: School Days — French Doll
Special 20177A Miss Marie Danielson: Sjelens Langsel (Whispering Hope)
Special 20177B Miss Marie Danielson: Naar Verden Glemmer
Special K-3 The Stuttering Klansman
Special K-3 The Klansman and the Rain
Special unnumbered Alvin L. Carter: When They Ring Those Golden Bells, mx. 859
Special unnumbered Selma Ford with Martha Ingram: Thank God There’s a Garden
Special unnumbered Selma Ford with Martha Ingram: When Irish Eyes are Smiling
Special unnumbered Oscar W. Green: O Kuude Jag Fõrtãlja
Special unnumbered Hildred Hanson Hostetter: Absent and Home Sweet Home
Special unnumbered Hildred Hanson Hostetter: Ave Maria
Special unnumbered Ladies Quartet, Galesburg, Ill.: Songs of the Seasons
Special unnumbered G.A. Leichleiter & Peter Quartet: Hide Me
Special unnumbered G.A. Leichleiter & Peter Quartet: The Old Ship Zion
Special unnumbered Rev. E. Arthur Lewis: Lord Jesus Knows the Way I Take
Special unnumbered Rev. E. Arthur Lewis: I’m in Sweet Beulah Land
Special unnumbered The Urbana Male Quartet: Remember Now Thy Creator
Special unnumbered The Urbana Male Quartet: We Shall Shine as the Stars

Rody Ge

Rodeheaver entered into an agreement with Gennett about the time he moved to Chicago whereby they would help him in producing Rainbow Records and, in return, they could make free use of the Rainbow catalog for their own purposes. Many Rainbows have a parallel release on Gennett, though the couplings are usually not the same, nor are the takes used. Rodeheaver also had a more limited agreement with Paramount where his studio recorded some of their master discs and he also passed a few Rainbows through their channels as well. There is still a lot of work to be done in terms of divining just what RRC did for Paramount, and it’s treacherous waters as you need to separate them from similar NYRL matrix numbers, though I’m certain the ones listed below were either recorded, or at least booked, by the Rodeheavers. I don’t have very many of Rody’s Gennetts at all; these are scarce. I do have many of the Rainbows of these titles, but the Gennetts are almost invariably different. The Silvertones derived from them are more common, and I suspect that there were a lot more made than in the little listing below.

Rody Champ

Black Patti 8017 Henry Proctor: Address to Negroes
Black Patti 8017 Nazarene Choir: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Black Patti 8018 Nazarene Choir: Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Black Patti 8018 Nazarene Choir: Bye and Bye
Carnival 11397-A Jelly Roll Morton’s Steamboat Four: Mr. Jelly Lord
Champion 15087 Criterion Quartet: The Church in the Wildwood, mx. 7533
Champion 15150 Homer Rodeheaver: If Your Heart Keeps Right
Champion 15150 Asher & Rodeheaver: The Old Rugged Cross
Champion 15358 Nazarene Choir: Bye and Bye
Champion 15358 Nazarene Choir: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Champion 15380 Nazarene Choir: Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Champion 16378 Nazarene Choir: Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Gennett 1119 Charles Hart & Rodeheaver: Praise His Name
Gennett 1119 Charles Hart & Rodeheaver: I Need Jesus
Gennett 1120 Charles Hart & Rodeheaver: Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Gennett 1120 Elton Roth & Rodeheaver: In the Dawn of Eternal Day
Gennett 1121 Charles Hart & Rodeheaver: Jesus Has Loved Me
Gennett 1121 Asher & Rodeheaver: O the Bitter Shame and Sorrow
Gennett 1123 Homer Rodeheaver: He Died of a Broken Heart
Gennett 1123 Homer Rodeheaver: Walking and Talking with Jesus
Gennett 1124 Homer Rodeheaver: The Battle Cry of Freedom
Gennett 1124 Homer Rodeheaver: America the Beautiful
Gennett 1125 Homer Rodeheaver: Columbia’s Song
Gennett 1125 Homer Rodeheaver: America for Me
Gennett 1126 Homer Rodeheaver: The Stranger of Galilee
Gennett 1126 Homer Rodeheaver: The Church by the Side of the Road
Gennett 4790 Criterion Quartet: The Church in the Wildwood, mx. 7533
Gennett 4860 Asher & Rodeheaver: Calling Thee, mx. 11100
Gennett 4860 Asher & Rodeheaver: When I Look in His Face, mx. 11001
Gennett 4861A Asher & Rodeheaver: Christ Died, mx. 11102
Gennett 4861A Asher & Rodeheaver: Christ Died, mx. 7844
Gennett 4861B Asher & Rodeheaver: All the Way to Calvary, mx. 11103
Gennett 4861B Asher & Rodeheaver: All the Way to Calvary, mx. 7845
Gennett 4862 Homer Rodeheaver: A Banjo Song
Gennett 4862 Homer Rodeheaver: Golden Crown
Gennett 4894 Homer Rodeheaver: Open My Eyes
Gennett 4894 Asher & Rodeheaver: The Old Rugged Cross
Gennett 4896 Homer Rodeheaver: Brighten the Corner Where You Are
Gennett 4896 Homer Rodeheaver: If Your Heart Keeps Right
Gennett 4897 Homer Rodeheaver: Sweeter As the Years Roll By
Gennett 4897 Homer Rodeheaver: Mother’s Prayers Are Calling Me
Gennett 4899 Homer Rodeheaver: Carry Your Cross with a Smile
Gennett 4899 Homer Rodeheaver: Happiness
Gennett 4900 Homer Rodeheaver & John Young: Only the Childlike
Gennett 4900 Homer Rodeheaver: Spelling Love
Gennett 4901 Ruth Rodeheaver: The Last Rose of Summer
Gennett 4901 Ruth Rodeheaver: O Hear Him Calling Thee
Gennett 4916 Homer Rodeheaver & Criterion Quartet: The Sinner and the Song
Gennett 4916 Homer Rodeheaver & Criterion Quartet: The Church in the Wildwood, mxs. 7908, 7908B
Gennett 4970 Criterion Quartet: Nearer My God to Thee, mx. 7761A
Gennett 4986 Homer Rodeheaver: Tell Me the Story of Jesus
Gennett 4986 Homer Rodeheaver: The Heavenly Stranger
Gennett 4987A Homer Rodeheaver: The Unclouded Day
Gennett 4987B Homer Rodeheaver: Laying My Treasure Up There
Gennett 5079 Asher & Rodeheaver: Some of These Days
Gennett 5079 Asher & Rodeheaver: The Hand That Was Wounded for Me
Gennett 5089 Asher & Rodeheaver: No Disappointment in Heaven
Gennett 5089 Asher & Rodeheaver: Take Up Thy Cross
Gennett 5141 Homer Rodeheaver: Go and Tell Others of Jesus
Gennett 5141 Homer Rodeheaver: The Old Ark’s A-Moverin’
Gennett 5178 Homer Rodeheaver: Song of Triumph
Gennett 5178 Homer Rodeheaver: In the Woods
Gennett 5215A Homer Rodeheaver: How Tedious and Tasteless the Hours
Gennett 5215B Homer Rodeheaver: Throw Out the Life Line, mxs. 8422, 8940
Gennett 5216B William Jennings Bryan: The Virgin Birth
Gennett 5224A William Jennings Bryan: The Ideal Republic
Gennett 5225 Criterion Quartet: Nearer My God to Thee, mx. 7761A
Gennett 5216 William Jennings Bryan: Immortality
Gennett 5216 William Jennings Bryan: Open My Eyes
Gennett 5226 William Jennings Bryan: The 23rd Psalm
Gennett 5226 William Jennings Bryan: The Lord’s Prayer
Gennett 5227 Homer Rodeheaver: Somebody Cares
Gennett 5227 Homer Rodeheaver: Where They Never Say Goodbye
Gennett 5533 Homer Rodeheaver: Beautiful Isle of Somewhere
Gennett 5533 Homer Rodeheaver: Will the Circle Be Broken
Gennett 5534 Homer Rodeheaver: Love Found a Way
Gennett 5534 Homer Rodeheaver: I Love to Tell the Story
Gennett 5235 Homer Rodeheaver: Jesus Loves You
Gennett 5235 Homer Rodeheaver: Keep On Singing
Gennett 5595 Asher & Rodeheaver: Love Led Me to Calvary
Gennett 5595 Homer Rodeheaver: Glorious City
Gennett 5672 Homer Rodeheaver: I Heard de Angels Singing
Gennett 5672 Asher & Rodeheaver: Some of These Days
Gennett 7914 Homer Rodeheaver: One Day
Gennett 8423 Homer Rodeheaver: Since Jesus Came into My Heart
Gennett 8963 Homer Rodeheaver: An Evening Prayer
Gennett 11100 Asher & Rodeheaver: Calling Thee, mx. 11100
Gennett 11101 Asher & Rodeheaver: When I Look in His Face, mx. 11001
Gennett 11102 Asher & Rodeheaver: Christ Died, mx. 11102
Gennett 11103 Asher & Rodeheaver: All the Way to Calvary, mx. 11103
Gennett 11104 Homer Rodeheaver: When Malindy Sings, mx. 11104
Note: Gennett 11100-11104 were special, single-sided white label pressings made to celebrate the first commercially issued discs from the Starr Piano Company studio in Richmond, IN, which these were.
Gennett 40000 William Jennings Bryan: Cross of Gold Speech — Part One
Gennett 40000 William Jennings Bryan: Cross of Gold Speech — Part Two
Gopsel Trumpet 7A William Jennings Bryan: The Lord’s Prayer
Gospel Trumpet 200A William Jennings Bryan: The 23rd Psalm
Gypsy Simon Smith unnumbered Gypsy Simon Smith: At the End of the Trail
Gypsy Simon Smith unnumbered Gypsy Simon Smith: Harbor of Peace
Gypsy Simon Smith unnumbered Gypsy Simon Smith: Mother’s Prayer
Gypsy Simon Smith unnumbered Gypsy Simon Smith: The Old Fashioned Cottage
Harmograph 920 Wiseman Quartet: Hush, Somebody’s Calling My Name
Harmograph 2544 Monette Moore: Gulf Coast Blues
Herwin 75512 Homer Rodeheaver: Mother’s Prayers Are Calling Me
Herwin 75512 Homer Rodeheaver & Criterion Quartet: The Church in the Wildwood
Herwin 92009 Nazarene Choir: Bye and Bye
Meyer 20109 Vilhelm Meyer The Evangelist
Okeh 40489 Kim & Nyland: I Will Sing of My Redeemer
Okeh 40489 Kim & Nyland: Keep Me on the Firing Line
Note: I have ample copies of this coupling on Rainbow; it is the Okeh that I’m missing.
Paramount 12028 Monette Moore: I Just Want a Daddy
Paramount 12028 Monette Moore: Come Home Papa Blues
Paramount 12030 Monette Moore: Gulf Coast Blues
Paramount 12030 Monette Moore: Down Hearted Blues
Paramount 12075 Wiseman Sextet: You Better Run
Paramount 12075 Wiseman Sextet: Witness
Paramount 12076 Wiseman Quartet: Lord I Can’t Stay Away
Paramount 12076 Wiseman Sextet: On Calvary
Paramount 12077 Wiseman Sextet: Sign of Judgment & That Old Time Religion
Paramount 12077 Wiseman Quartet: Hush, Somebody’s Calling My Name
Paramount 12078 Wiseman Quartet: I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray
Paramount 12078 Wiseman Sextet: Do You Think I’ll Make a Soldier
Paramount 12216A Jelly Roll Morton: Thirty Fifth St. Blues
Paramount 12216B Jelly Roll Morton: Mamanita
Paramount 20332-A Jelly Roll Morton’s Steamboat Four: Mr. Jelly Lord
Puretone 11397-A Jelly Roll Morton’s Steamboat Four: Mr. Jelly Lord
Puritan 12216 Jelly Roll Morton: Mamanita
Silvertone 2017 Henry Proctor: Address to Negroes
Silvertone 4915 Homer Rodeheaver: Mother’s Prayers Are Calling Me, mx. 7890
Silvertone 5022 Nazarene Choir: Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Silvertone 5022 Nazarene Choir: Bye and Bye
Silvertone 5089 Asher & Rodeheaver: No Disappointment in Heaven
Silvertone 5089 Asher & Rodeheaver: Take Up Thy Cross
Silvertone 9366 The Berge Sisters: Over the Top for Jesus
Silvertone 9366 The Berge Sisters: He Careth for Me
Silvertone 9491 William Jennings Bryan: The 23rd Psalm
Starr-Gennett 9145 Criterion Quartet: The Church in the Wildwood, mx. 7533
Steiner-Davis 101A Jelly Roll Morton: Mamanita
The Stamps Record 100A Dreams of the Past
The Stamps Record 100B My Kinky Headed Baby

Rody Sil

The Rodeheaver Record Company also recorded Gospel Trumpet records, and of those I only have Gospel Trumpet 5. The Gospel Trumpets made by Rodeheaver were 1-7 and 11-12; the rest were made at Columbia in New York. Nearly all feature Arthur Lynn, “America’s Golden Tenor.” I beg to differ with that assessment.

RB PW

As to post-World War II Rainbows; I know what they are, and yeah — I’ve got a few. Not many at all. So any suggestions are welcome.

That was fun! Next time we will deal with the Rody commercial recordings that I don’t have — far fewer of those. Please help me!

— Uncle Dave Lewis, Lebanon, Ohio.

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9 thoughts on “HOMER: WANTED!

  1. Dear Dave,

    I have this in my Paramount disco, with an NYRL matrix number.
    What can the title be?
    Christ Dies or The Slighted Stranger?

    1039 ? Homer Rodeheaver Unknown Title Rainbow 1048
    Many thanks,

    Guido van Rijn
    The Netherlands

    1. Guido, “The Slighted Stranger” is indeed mx. 1039 and issued on Rainbow 1048-A. But this is a Chicago RRC matrix, not NYRL. The numbering systems between RRC and NYRL are very close and I have been tripped up by them more than once; I had some Creatore recordings on Paramount that I thought might be RRC, but the discs on which they appeared are too early for that to be possible. Likewise, I am confused by some matrices by pianist Mossiaye Bogluslawski that appeared on Paramount and the California-based Blue Bird label (mx. 785-788). They fit in with RRC sessions for the Summer of 1922, and Boguslawski was primarily active in Chicago. But if they turned out to be NYRL matrices I wouldn’t argue.

  2. Some updates here for 3-27-2014: I had neglected to list Rainbow 1067, a Ruth Rodeheaver record, and yet I still needed it. To my surprise, a copy was turned up by my fiancée, Rebecca Forste! So that will be added to the archive next month; already also found is the early matrix version of Rainbow 1028. But I also need the same for 1026, indeed if it was ever produced. Finally I have found a collector willing to trade me a copy of OK 40489. That still leaves a lot, so keep me in mind when you find those Rainbows. – UD

  3. I have Rainbow 1045 – HORACE ERWIN “You Must Unload” (matrix 401) b/w “No Distinction Dar” (matrix 406). I don’t know if Horace Erwin was connected with the “Herwin” label (Rainbow was), or if it was a pseudonym. Would be glad to supply label scans and MP3s if needed.

    1. Horace Erwin was the singing leader for evangelist Milton Hall Lyon (1868-1953). He was also a trombonist/evangelist like Homer Rodeheaver himself. I will email you offlist to request scans and mp3s, and thank you very much in advance! But please tell us here if there is any trombone playing on the record. UD

  4. hi Dave,

    You list Rainbow 1009 as by the Sybil Sammis Singers, but I have a label scan of Rainbow 1009-A as by the Criterion Quartette: “Nearer My God To Thee.”

    Guido van Rijn

  5. Guido,

    Indeed, the Criterion Quartette issue of 1009 does also exist, and I have it; Reed Miller is on the flip. The Sammis Singers is an earlier version of 1009, which is among a number of early Rainbow issues that had their contents changed. Certain sides were changed up to three times but the issue number in the catalog was retained. This is confirmed by my study of printed catalogs for Rainbow which are in the Reneker Museum in Winona Lake. Issue numbers begin to stabilize around 1025-1030 and he ultimately permits himself to delete issues that he can no longer make, though there are some substitutes after as well and or replacement recordings of titles released earlier. Yes it’s confusing; the whole thing was a big discographical mystery until I sorted it out. UD

  6. Gennett 4914-A, One Day (Chapman-Marsh) Homer Rodeheaver Baritone with Orch. Acc
    4914-B Sweeter As The Years Roll By (Mrs. C.N. Morris) Rodeheaver & Asher, Baritone, Contralio — Orch Acc

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