In 1919, African-American songwriter and pianist Perry Bradford was sure that there was a market for African-American music aimed at African-American consumers. He had a hard time convincing the record companies in New York of this, but he kept at it and managed to get Okeh records interested in the idea in 1920. Before this time there had been a handful of successful African-American recording artists such as James Reese Europe and Bert Williams, but their music was aimed more towards the tastes of the White record buying public. Bradford wanted to market the contemporary African-American music, which was Blues and Jazz. He felt that singer Mamie Smith a star of the musical revue "Maid of Harlem" had the right stuff to reach the African-American audience. Their first try was a couple of Perry Bradford pop songs with a slight Jazz and Blues feel "That Thing Called Love" and "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down". The record sold well enough that Okeh was willing to be a little more adventurous and try some real contemporary African-American music on their next release. The "A" side was a Perry Bradford song called "Crazy Blues", and on the flip side was "It' s Right Here for You". Okeh played up that fact that this was an African-American singer and band in their advertising and sheet music sales that accompanied the record. The record was a smash hit and some say it ended up selling over a million copies. Almost all other record companies then jumped on the band wagon and started recording African-American Blues and Jazz musicians.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Alabama Blues
(Libbie Williams Mehr)
6-10-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4658-A
Baby, You Made Me Fall For You 2-22-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4305
Carolina Blues
(Dave Ringle)
2-14-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8030
Crazy Blues
(Perry Bradford)
8-10-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4169-A
Cubanita 10-12-1921 New York, New York Okeh
8024
Dem Knock-Out Blues
(George Butts)
5-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4631-A
Don't Care Blues
(Perry Bradford)
11-6-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4253-B
Don't Mess With Me
(Sam Gold)
12-6-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4752-B
Doo-Dah Blues
(Fred Roso / Eddie White)
2-16-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4578-B
Fare Thee Honey Blues
(Perry Bradford)
9-12-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4194-B
Frankie Blues
(Marion Dickerson)
2-22-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4856-A
Good Time Ball 9-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17058-B
Got To Cool My Doggies Now
(Bob Schafer / Babe Thompson / Spencer Williams)
7-14-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4670-A
I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll
(Spencer Williams / Clarence Williams)
12-6-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4752-A
If You Don't Want Me Blues
(Perry Bradford)
11-5-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4228-B
I'm Gonna Get You
(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
12-20-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4781-B
It's Right Here For You
(If You Don't Get It - 'Tain't No Fault O' Mine)

(Marion Dickerson / Alex. Belledna)
8-10-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4169-B
Jazzbo Ball
(Marion Dickerson)
2-21-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4295-A
Just Like You Took My Man Away From Me
(Summer)
9-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17063
Let's Agree To Disagree
(Mamie Smith / Chris Smith / Jimmy Durante)
10-12-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4511-A
Lonesome Mama Blues
(Anna Wellker Brown / E. Nickel / Billie Brown)
5-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4630-A
Lost Opportunity Blues
(Bennett)
9-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17058-A
Lovin' Sam From Alabam
(Perry Bradford )
11-6-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4253-A
Mamie Smith Blues
(Mamie Smith / Milo / Rega)
6-10-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4658-B
Mean Daddy Blues
(Fred Hamburger / Irving Bloom / Jimmy Durante)
5-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4631-B
Mean Man
(Millard H. Thomas)
12-8-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4856-B
Mem'ries Of You Mammy
(Perry Bradford)
11-5-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4228-A
New Orleans
(Vaughn De Leath)
5-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4630-B
Old Time Blues
(
Johnny Dunn)
2-1-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4296-A
Rambling Blues 10-12-1921 New York, New York Okeh
8024
Remorseful Blues
(Gilbert / Rega)
9-1924 New York, New York Ajax
31662
Royal Garden Blues
(Spencer Williams / Clarence Williams)
1-21-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4254-B
Shim-Me-Kings Blues
(Porter Grainger)
1-21-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4254-A
Sighin' Around With The Blues Blues
(Mike Rega)
7-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4767-B
Strut Your Material
(Bob Smithe)
8-22-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8036-A
Stuttering
(Maceo Pinkard)
8-15-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8036-B
That Da Da Strain
(Medina / Edgar Dowell)
7-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4689-A
That Thing Called Love
(Perry Bradford)
2-1-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4296-B
The Darktown Flappers Ball
(Bernie Grossman / Irving Maslof)
12-8-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4767-A
The Decatur Street Blues
(Williams / Hammed)
2-14-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8030
There's Only One Man
(That Satisfies Me)

(Sam Gold)
2-16-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4600-B
Those Longing For You Blues
(Frank Westphal)
8-15-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8072
The Road Is Rocky
(But I'm Going To Find My Way)

(Perry Bradford)
9-12-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4194-A
"U" Need Some Loving Blues
(Perry Bradford)
2-22-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4295-B
Wabash Blues
(Dave Ringle / Fred Meinken)
2-16-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4578-A
What Have I Done?
(Perry Bradford)
2-21-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4351-B
Wish That I Could But I Can't Forgive You Blues 8-30-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4689-B
You Can Have Him, I Don't Want Him, Didn't Love Him Anyhow Blues
(William Tracy / Dan Dougherty)
7-14-1922 New York, New York Okeh
4670-B
You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
(Perry Bradford)
2-1-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4305-B
You've Got To See Mamma Ev'ry Night (Or You Can't See Mamma At All)
(Billy Rose / Con Conrad)
1-9-1923 New York, New York Okeh
4781-A
Artist Instrument
Gus Aiken Cornet
Dope Andrews Trombone
Buster Bailey Clarinet
George Bell Violin
Ernie Bullock Saxophone
Gavin Bushell Clarinet
Herschel Brassfield Alto Saxophone
Norman Buster Drums
Cecil Carpenter Trombone
Johnny Dunn Cornet
Ernest Elliot Clarinet
Jake Frazier Trombone
Herb Flemming Trombone
Bob Fuller Clarinet
Percy Glascoe Saxophone
Porter Grainger Piano
Coleman Hawkins Alto Saxophone
Horace Holmes Cornet
Louis Hooper Piano
George Howell Drums
Harry Hull Tuba
Hutch Hutchinson Piano
Alex Jackson Baritone Saxophone
Chink Johnson Tuba
Addington Major? Cornet
Charles Matson Piano
Bubber Miley Cornet
Curtis Mosby Drums
George Mullen Cornet
Leroy Parker Violin
Cutie Perkins Drums
Mort Perry Drums, Xylophone
Everett Robbins Piano
Mamie Smith Vocals
Willie "The Lion" Smith Piano
Elmer Snowden Banjo
Sam Speed Banjo
Phil Worde Piano