Perry Bradford

Perry Bradford (February 14, 1893, Montgomery, Alabama – April 20, 1970, New York City) was an American composer, songwriter, and vaudeville performer. His most notable songs included "Crazy Blues," "That Thing Called Love," and "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down." He was nicknamed "Mule" because of his stubbornness, and he is credited with finally persuading Okeh Records to work with Mamie Smith leading to her historic blues recording in 1920.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 14, 1893 (Montgomery), Died April 20, 1970 (Queens)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, piano, vocalist, leader, songwriter, arranger, conductor, chimes

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 176 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-24826 10-in. 1/28/1921 Crazy blues Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-28234 10-in. 6/29/1923 Memphis, Tennessee Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools ; Ethel Ridley Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, conductor  
Victor B-28235 10-in. 6/29/1923 If anybody here wants a real kind mamma (Here's your opportunity) Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools ; Ethel Ridley Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band conductor  
Victor B-28294 10-in. 7/18/1923 I don't let no one man worry me Emma Lewis Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-57434 10-in. 11/20/1929 Your love is all that I crave Johnny Hamp ; Kentucky Serenaders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-57730 10-in. 12/2/1929 Since I been born Virginia Four Male vocal quartet, with piano arranger  
Victor BRC-69026 10-in. 5/8/1931 It's right here for you Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor E0VB-3089 10-in. 1/12/1950 Rocking Jenny Jones Big John Greer ; The Rhythm Rockers (Big John Greer) Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor [Trial 1922-04-01-04] 10-in. 4/1/1922 Raisor Jim Noble Sissle Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor [Trial 1923-04-19-03] 10-in. 4/19/1923 Deceitful blues Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor [Trial 1923-06-13-01] 10-in. 6/13/1923 Here's your opportunity blues Ethel Ridley Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor [Trial 1923-06-13-02] 10-in. 6/13/1923 That thing called love Ethel Ridley Female vocal solo, with piano composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 79123 10-in. 4/14/1920 That thing called love Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 79629 10-in. 1/5/1921 Crazy blues Mary Stafford Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Columbia 79983 10-in. 9/12/1921 Nervous blues Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Columbia 79989 10-in. 9/15/1921 Vampin' Liza Jane Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 79993 10-in. 9/23/1921 Old time blues Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Columbia 80014 10-in. 9/29/1921 Frankie Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80040 10-in. 10/28/1921 Unexpectedly Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 80111 10-in. 12/21/1921 I don't want nobody blues Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist, composer  
Columbia 80150 10-in. 1/20/1922 Wicked blues Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist, composer  
Columbia 80215 10-in. 2/23/1922 Moanful blues Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80304 10-in. 4/11/1922 That thing called love Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Columbia 80356 10-in. 5/19/1922 Mammy, I'm thinking of you Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Columbia 80383 10-in. 6/9/1922 Rules and regulations "signed Razor Jim" Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 1-25 of 176 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bradford, Perry," accessed July 20, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106081.

Bradford, Perry. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 20, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106081.

"Bradford, Perry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 20 July 2024.

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