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 151-175 of 176 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E1580-E1582 10-in. 11/2/1925 Lucy Long Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E1583-E1585 10-in. 11/2/1925 I ain't gonna play no second fiddle Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E2318-E2319 10-in. 2/1/1926 I’m gonna shout all over God’s heaven Perry Bradford ; Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E2320-E2321 10-in. 2/1/1926 We’ll be ready when the great day comes Perry Bradford ; Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E2647-E2648 10-in. 3/16/1926 Lord, I done what you told me to do Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E2649-E2651 10-in. 3/16/1926 O dem golden slippers Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E3039-E3041 10-in. 5/14/1926 Swing low, sweet chariot Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E3042-E3043 10-in. 5/14/1926 I couldn’t hear nobody pray Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E3044-E3045 10-in. 5/14/1926 Give me that old time religion Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E3046-E3047 10-in. 5/14/1926 In my heart Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E3066-E3067 10-in. 5/17/1926 Go down, Moses Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E3068-E3070 10-in. 5/17/1926 Steal away to Jesus Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E3105-E3108 10-in. 5/25/1926 Go down, Moses Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E3109-E3112 10-in. 5/25/1926 Steal away to Jesus Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E3113-E3115 10-in. 5/26/1926 I couldn’t hear nobody pray Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E3116-E3118 10-in. 5/26/1926 Swing low, sweet chariot Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E3197-E3199 10-in. 6/8/1926 So's your old man (How'd you get that way) Blackbirds of Harmony Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick E3200-E3202 10-in. 6/8/1926 Wasn’t it nice Blackbirds of Harmony Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist  
Brunswick E3211-E3213 10-in. 6/9/1926 Swing low, sweet chariot Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E3267-E3270 10-in. 6/24/1926 Go down, Moses Cotton Belt Quartet Male vocal quartet, with organ and chimes instrumentalist, chimes  
Brunswick E7232-E7233 10-in. 3/26/1928 What’s the use of being alone? Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E7234-E7235 10-in. 3/26/1928 Original bugle blues Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick DAL572 10-in. 5/16/1938 Keep knocking (but you can't come in) Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys String band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick 1434W-1436W 10-in. 10/7/1925 Lucy Long Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick 1437W-1439W 10-in. 10/7/1925 I ain't gonna play no second fiddle (If I can't play the lead) Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, composer, lyricist  
(Results 151-175 of 176 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bradford, Perry," accessed July 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106081.

Bradford, Perry. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106081.

"Bradford, Perry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 July 2024.

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