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 51-75 of 176 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W140840 10-in. 8/11/1925 I ain't gonna play no second fiddle Perry Bradford ; Original Jazz Hounds Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, vocalist, lyricist  
Columbia W140841 10-in. 8/11/1925 Slow down Perry Bradford ; Original Jazz Hounds Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist, vocalist  
Columbia W140847 10-in. 8/12/1925 Vamping Lucy Long Original Jazz Hounds Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W141245 10-in. 11/5/1925 Santa Claus blues Gulf Coast Seven Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W141246 10-in. 11/5/1925 Keep your temper Gulf Coast Seven Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W141992 10-in. 4/21/1926 Just met a friend Perry Bradford and his Gang Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet leader, lyricist, composer  
Columbia W141993 10-in. 4/21/1926 So's your old man Perry Bradford and his Gang Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet leader, songwriter  
Columbia W142004 10-in. 4/12/1926 New crazy blues Parenti's Liberty Syncopators Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W142477 10-in. 7/29/1926 Ev'rybody mess aroun' Ethel Waters and her Jazz Band Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 142512 10-in. 8/5/1926 Ev'rybody mess aroun' Georgia Strutters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist, vocalist  
Columbia 142513 10-in. 8/5/1926 Georgia grind Georgia Strutters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W142726 10-in. 10/4/1926 Harry Wills, the champion Howell, Horsley, and Bradford Male vocal trio, with ukulele and piano vocalist, composer  
Columbia W142727 10-in. 10/4/1926 Wasn't it nice Howell, Horsley, and Bradford Male vocal trio, with ukulele and piano vocalist  
Columbia 142854 10-in. 10/21/1926 Wasn't it nice? Georgia Strutters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia 142855 10-in. 10/21/1926 Original black bottom dance Georgia Strutters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, lyricist  
Columbia W142889 10-in. 10/29/1926 Original black bottom dance Sadie Jackson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano lyricist  
Columbia W143119 10-in. 11/8/1926 Fo' day blues Peg Leg Howell Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar composer  
Columbia W143531 10-in. 2/25/1927 All that I had is gone James P. Johnson Piano solo composer  
Columbia W143657 10-in. 3/15/1927 All that I had is gone Perry Bradford ; Original Jazz Hounds Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia W143658 10-in. 3/15/1927 Lucy Long Perry Bradford ; Original Jazz Hounds Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia 144202 10-in. 5/23/1927 Rock, Jenny, rock Georgia Strutters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer  
Columbia 144203 10-in. 5/23/1927 It's right here for you Georgia Strutters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Columbia W144621 10-in. 9/2/1927 Skiddle de scow Johnson's Jazzers Male vocal and instrumental trio composer, vocalist, lyricist  
Columbia W144622 10-in. 9/2/1927 Can I get it now? Johnson's Jazzers Male vocal and instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W145762 10-in. 3/13/1928 You need some loving Johnny Dunn and his Band Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 51-75 of 176 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bradford, Perry," accessed July 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106081.

Bradford, Perry. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106081.

"Bradford, Perry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 July 2024.

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