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 126-150 of 176 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh 74055 10-in. Mar. 1926 Pensacola blues Louise Vant Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, piano, leader  
OKeh 74056 10-in. Mar. 1926 New crazy blues Louise Vant Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, piano, leader, composer, lyricist  
OKeh 74083 10-in. Apr. 1926 I'll get even with you Laura Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, piano, leader  
OKeh 74084 10-in. Apr. 1926 If you don't like it Laura Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, piano, leader  
OKeh 74164 10-in. 5/16/1926 So's your old man (How'd you get that way) Perry Bradford and his Gang Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet leader, songwriter  
OKeh 74165 10-in. 5/16/1926 Just met a friend from my home town Perry Bradford and his Gang Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, leader, vocalist, lyricist  
OKeh 74325 10-in. Sept. 1926 Everybody mess around Alberta Hunter Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano composer, lyricist  
OKeh 74333 10-in. Sept. 1926 Don't forget to mess around Alberta Hunter ; Perry Bradford's Mean Four Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader  
OKeh 74334 10-in. Sept. 1926 Heebie jeebies Alberta Hunter Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader  
OKeh 74428 10-in. Nov. 1926 Original black bottom dance Perry Bradford and his Gang Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, lyricist  
OKeh 74429 10-in. Nov. 1926 Kansas City blues Perry Bradford ; Perry Bradford and his Gang Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, songwriter  
OKeh 80001 10-in. 4/16/1926 So's your old man (How'd you get that way) Perry Bradford Male vocal solo songwriter, vocalist  
OKeh 80002 10-in. 4/16/1926 Just met a friend from my old home town Perry Bradford Male vocal solo vocalist, composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80396 10-in. 2/5/1927 Crazy blues Eubie Blake ; Noble Sissle Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80401 10-in. 2/7/1927 Hateful blues Laura Smith Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80429 10-in. 2/16/1927 All that I had is gone Perry Bradford and his Gang Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist, leader, vocalist  
OKeh W80430 10-in. 2/16/1927 Lucy Long Perry Bradford and his Gang Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist, leader, vocalist  
OKeh W80510 10-in. 3/9/1927 Home, cradle of happiness Laura Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader  
OKeh W80511 10-in. 3/9/1927 If anybody here wants a real kind mama Laura Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader  
OKeh W401308 10-in. 11/10/1928 It's right here for you Tommy Dorsey Trumpet solo, with guitar, string bass, harmonium, and drums composer  
OKeh W401635 10-in. 2/21/1929 Put your mind right on it Butterbeans & Susie Female-male vocal duet, with piano songwriter  
OKeh W401636 10-in. 2/21/1929 Get away from my window (Stay away from my door) Butterbeans & Susie ; Eddie Heywood Sr. Female-male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Brunswick 4856 10-in. approximately Dec. 1920 Crazy blues Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 10994-10996 10-in. 7/3/1923 I’m gone, dat’s all Hamtree Harrington Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick E27534 10-in. 5/10/1928 Echoes of ole Dixie Land Jubilee Glee Club ; Johnny Vigal Male vocal solo and vocal chorus, with piano songwriter  
(Results 126-150 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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