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 76-100 of 176 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W146559 10-in. 6/20/1928 Georgia's always on my mind Roy Evans Male vocal solo, with alto saxophone and piano songwriter  
Columbia W147151 10-in. 10/19/1928 Daylight savin' blues Gulf Coast Seven Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Columbia W147152 10-in. 10/19/1928 Georgia's always on my mind Gulf Coast Seven Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Columbia W148015 10-in. 3/5/1929 Put your mind right on it Jimmy Johnson Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia W148016 10-in. 3/5/1929 Sorry Jimmy Johnson Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia W148108 10-in. 3/20/1929 Fare thee honey blues Jimmy Johnson Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, lyricist, composer  
OKeh S-7275 10-in. 2/14/1920 That thing called love Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-7276 10-in. Feb. 1920 You can't keep a good man down Rega Orchestra ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-7529 10-in. 8/10/1920 Crazy blues Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-7589 10-in. Sept. 1920 Fare thee honey blues Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-7590 10-in. Sept. 1920 The road is rocky (But I am gonna find my way) Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-7642 10-in. 11/5/1920 Mem'ries of you, Mammy Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-7643 10-in. 11/5/1920 If you don't want me blues Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-7658 10-in. Nov. 1920 Don't care blues Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-7659 10-in. Nov. 1920 Lovin' Sam from Alabam' Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-7708 10-in. Dec. 1920 Crazy blues Joseph Samuels Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-7789 10-in. February 1921 What have I done Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist, composer  
OKeh S-7790 10-in. Feb. 1921 That thing called love Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-7793 10-in. Feb. 1921 You can't keep a good man down Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-7795 10-in. Feb. 1921 "U" need some loving blues Jazz Hounds ; Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-70156 10-in. Sept. 1921 "U" need some loving Palmetto Jazz Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-70318 10-in. Nov. 1921 Nervous blues Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-70783 10-in. Aug. 1922 Wicked blues Lizzie Miles Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-70937 10-in. Oct. 1922 Take it, 'cause it's all yours Lizzie Miles Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-71596 10-in. June 1923 Deceitful blues Kitty Brown Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
(Results 76-100 of 176 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bradford, Perry," accessed June 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106081.

Bradford, Perry. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106081.

"Bradford, Perry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 June 2024.

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