Mamie Smith

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare)Okeh Records 25 W 45th Street When: August 10, 1920 What: Written by African-American songwriter Perry Bradford, Smith’s rendition is the first recording of vocal blues by an African American artist, selling a million copies in less than a year. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, […]

VIA:  RedHotJazz.Com Mamie Smith was the first to record blues songs in 1920 with her versions of Perry Bradford’s “Crazy Blues”, and “It’ s Right Here for You” on Okeh Records. The record was a wild success, selling over a million copies in less than a year, and finally ending up selling over two million […]