Discography of OKeh Records, 1918-1934

Overview

This discography documents all recordings made by this pioneering and influential record label which was active in many areas - popular, jazz, blues, country, and ethnic music during a formative and dynamic period in America's cultural history just before and during the 1920s on into the early 1930s. All known 78rpm record releases in the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and Japan are detailed. Also included is an essay on the history of the various corporate entities that produced the OKeh label during...

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Overview

This discography documents all recordings made by this pioneering and influential record label which was active in many areas - popular, jazz, blues, country, and ethnic music during a formative and dynamic period in America's cultural history just before and during the 1920s on into the early 1930s. All known 78rpm record releases in the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and Japan are detailed. Also included is an essay on the history of the various corporate entities that produced the OKeh label during its initial period of operation with special emphasis on the activities of the record company in making many field recordings in locations throughout the United States and Hawaii.

Laird and Rust's book is primarily comprised of an extensive bibliography and a comprehensive artist index. This publication is the definitive volume on a legendary and influential record company which played a vital part in recording many great artists including some who are still recognized as some of the finest exponents of their particular musical styles.

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Meet the Author

ROSS LAIRD is a researcher and archivist with a special interest in the history of the recording industry. He authored a four volume discography entitled Brunswick Records (Greenwood Press, 2001), Moanin' Low (Greenwood Press, 1996),and Tantalizing Tingles (Greenwood Press, 1995).

BRIAN RUST has worked as a discographer, a radio broadcaster, and liner-note writer.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowlegements ix
Bibliography xi
Label Abbreviations xv
User's Guide xvii
Historical survey 1
OKeh coroporate history 1
Otto Heineman Phonograph Supply Company, Inc. (1915-1919) 2
General Phonograph Corporation (1919-1926) 3
OKeh Phonograph Corporation (1926-1933) 6
OKeh [subsiduary of Columbia Phonograph Company, Inc.] (1933-1934) 8
OKeh "remote" recordings & field trips 8
OKeh/Odeon catalog series 15
OKeh personnel 17
Discography 19
New York vertical/lateral recordings 1918-1919 19
7000 matrix series 1919-1921 52
8000/9000 matrix series 1921-1925 97
70000 matrix series 1921-1926 166
80000 matrix series 1926-1927 354
400000 matrix series 1928-1933 448
480000 assigned matrix series 689
490000 assigned matrix series 690
495000 assigned matrix series 692
500000 12" matrix series 1928-1930 694
500500 12" matrix series 1928 700
501000 12" matrix series 1929 700
Untraced OKeh/Odeon issues 701
Index of artists 723
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