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Heineman coined the word "okeh" and claimed it was an Indian word, but Dogs Of War - Ghostface Killah - Fishscale it to highlight his initials on the early labels, which featured a large "O" and "H" as well as an Indian head logo. OKeh recorded all types of music, but in it started the black music recording industry by recording and releasing Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues. In the following decade it distinguished itself by recording blues and jazz, including Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven Combos.
In the spring ofOkeh put out one of the stranger records ever to reach the best selling charts, "The Okeh Laughing Record" [OKeh ]. The record consisted of nothing but laughing, starting with mild amusement and building to uproarious laughter. If there were any spoken lyrics, it would have been classified as a foreign-language disc, since it was recorded in Germany, but laughter is a universal language all its own.
The disc entered the Billboard charts in early May,reaching 8. The strange thing about the record was that Andreas Hoffmann - Digitale Trümmer had no artist or songwriter's credit, just the title of the record, making it the only literally anonymous record ever to chart.
The new Detroit City Limits - Honey Chile / Ninety Eight Cents Plus Tax kept the Columbia and Vocalion label names but dropped the OKeh label. OKeh, as a division of record giant Columbia, was independently distributed and used for rhythm and blues and country and western releases. Columbia knew that their mainstream distribution network could Oy Oy - Eric Gemsa - Kit Cartoon handle these non-pop records effectively, so they farmed out the distribution of the OKeh label to distributors more in tune with the record shops, clubs, disc jockeys and radio stations involved with these genres.
In the early s, OKeh hit it big with Detroit-based crooner Johnnie Ray, whose plaintive weeping rocketed his "Cry" to the 1 spot on the pop charts [Okeh ]. Ray soon switched labels to the more pop-based parent label, Columbia.
InOKeh released the outrageous "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins [Okeh ], which didn't chart, but has nevertheless become a '50s classic, perhaps being better known today than it was in the s.
But the hits slowed down, and by the early 'sixties the label was practically inactive. Inthe label showed some signs of life when Atlanta-based blues pianist Willie "Piano Red" Perryman, who had amused and entertained rhythm and blues audiences since the s with his zany, Detroit City Limits - Honey Chile / Ninety Eight Cents Plus Tax style, joined OKeh.
Perryman and his group of musicians, at that time not yet named, gathered in Columbia's Nashville studio at in the afternoon on May 31,and by had recorded eight new songs, including a remake of Piano Red's hit "The Wrong Yo-Yo" [RCA Victor ]. They also recorded an original song which the Beatles would make very famous a few years later — "Mister Moonlight" — and another novelty song, "Doctor Feel-Good," about a "doctor of love" who only liked women who weighed over lbs.
When the latter song was released on January 5,the Detroit City Limits - Honey Chile / Ninety Eight Cents Plus Tax became known as Dr. Although "Dr. Feel-Good" [Okeh ] and second followup "Right String But the Wrong Yo-Yo" [Okeh ] both charted, and a subsequent album was issued, we have been left all these years with the question, "Who were the Interns?
Feelgood" was Willie Perryman, who played piano on the session, but there was no information on the album or anywhere else, it seemed, to identify the backing group.
One well-known reference source even claims Willie Perryman was the whole group! But after digging up the recording session sheet from Alto Sax E - Rhodos - Solo Instruments Sony Archives, we can now say with assurance that the others were Roy Lee Johnson, Jr.
Another mystery solved. Davis and Mayfield were able to rejuvenate the label and within a year OKeh became a major soul label. The sound that Davis and Mayfield created is often called "Chicago Soul".
The music featured brass instruments and highly melodic vocals, and was the foundation for the later Chicago rock sound of groups like the Buckinghams, Mob, Mauds, and the Chicago Transit Authority [Chicago], who picked up on the brass, especially. The "Chicago Soul" records did not have the hard rock and roll beat that characterized the Motown and Stax soul records of the time, but reflected an easier, more relaxed, mood.
The downfall for OKeh came in with a corporate reorganization at Columbia. Davis quit and went to Brunswick. OKeh still had a pretty good year in on the strength of the productions that Carl Davis left in the vaults, but from there it started going downhill. He brought Johnny "Guitar" Watson to the label, as well as getting his old Specialty label-mate Little Richard on board.
Williams re-recorded both his own and Little Richard's Greatest Hits, as well as some albums with Watson, but hits were increasingly hard to come by, and the "Angel Town Sound" never Detroit City Limits - Honey Chile / Ninety Eight Cents Plus Tax took off. Columbia quietly shut it down at the end of During the s, OKeh put out a mere 30 albums, none of which reflected the rich legacy of music recorded before Other compact disc offerings and various artists albums have also somewhat filled the gap.
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