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 101-125 of 176 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh S-71597 10-in. June 1923 I don't let no one man worry me Kitty Brown Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-73386 10-in. 6/1/1925 Hydrant love (Turn it on, shut it off) Butterbeans & Susie ; Clarence Williams Female-male vocal duet, with piano composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-73388 10-in. 6/1/1925 I ain't gonna play no second fiddle Virginia Liston Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-73390 10-in. June 1925 Make me a pallet Virginia Liston Female vocal solo, with piano and mandolin composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-73397 10-in. 6/3/1925 I'm sick of fattening frogs for snakes Virginia Liston Female vocal solo, with reed organ composer, lyricist  
OKeh 73555 10-in. 8/19/1925 Section hand blues Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble leader  
OKeh 73556 10-in. 8/19/1925 Parlor social de luxe Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble composer, leader  
OKeh 73678 10-in. 10/3/1925 Lucy Long Laura Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble composer, lyricist, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 73679 10-in. 10/3/1925 Disgusted blues Perry Bradford's Mean Four ; Laura Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 73680 10-in. 10/3/1925 Humming blues Perry Bradford's Mean Four ; Laura Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader  
OKeh 73681 10-in. 10/3/1925 Cool can blues Laura Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader  
OKeh 73760 10-in. Nov. 1925 Nobody knows and nobody cares blues Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with cornet, piano, and harmonica composer, lyricist  
OKeh 73830 10-in. Dec. 1925 Your jelly roll is good Alberta Hunter ; Perry Bradford's Mean Four Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, piano, leader  
OKeh 73831 10-in. Dec. 1925 Take that thing away Alberta Hunter ; Perry Bradford's Mean Four Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, piano, leader  
OKeh 73890 10-in. Jan. 1926 I'm tired of everything but you Perry Bradford's Mean Four ; Louise Vant Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, piano, leader  
OKeh 73891 10-in. Jan. 1926 I wouldn't be where I am if you hadn't gone away Perry Bradford's Mean Four ; Louise Vant Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, piano, leader  
OKeh 73892 10-in. Jan. 1926 Do right blues Louise Vant Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader, instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 73903 10-in. Jan. 1926 Everybody does it now Alberta Hunter ; Perry Bradford's Mean Four Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader  
OKeh 73904 10-in. Jan. 1926 A master man with a master mind Alberta Hunter ; Perry Bradford's Mean Four Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader  
OKeh 73905 10-in. Jan. 1926 I don't want it all Alberta Hunter ; Perry Bradford's Mean Four Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader  
OKeh 73920 10-in. Jan. 1926 Empty cellar blues Alberta Hunter Female vocal solo, with saxophone, cornet, and piano composer  
OKeh 73921 10-in. Jan. 1926 Double crossin' papa Alberta Hunter Female vocal solo, with saxophone, cornet, and piano composer  
OKeh 73924 10-in. Jan. 1926 Just a little bit bad Louise Vant Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, piano, leader  
OKeh 73925 10-in. Jan. 1926 I've learned to do without you now Louise Vant Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader, instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 73926 10-in. Jan. 1926 Want a little lovin' Louise Vant Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader, instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 101-125 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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