Various - OKEH - The R&B Years 1953-62 - LP

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The legendary Okeh Records needs little introduction to soul music fans around the world. It has been relentlessly plundered and treasured for its slue of Northern Soul classics produced by A&R manager Carl Davis and his songwriter Curtis Mayfield during the “soul years” 1963-70. 
However, the imprint was originally launched 100 years ago in 1918 by Otto K. E. Heinemann who had already established a recording studio and pressing plant in New York City. The label name was derived from Heinemann’s initials O.K.E.H. From the very early years, Okeh issued records for minority audiences, such as its foreign language music, field recordings and Dixieland jazz. But perhaps the most significant recording was “That Thing Called Love” by Mamie Smith in 1920, the first ever by a black blues singer. The success of Mamie Smith led to Okeh’s 8000 series which ran until 1932.
In 1953, Okeh became an exclusive R&B label and it is the ensuing decade of recordings that form the focus of our collection, from Titus Turner’s raucous “Big Mary” in ’53 to Gerald Sims’ laid back “Cool Breeze” in ’62.



Titus Turner - Big Mary’s

Jolly Boy Shepard - You Care

Big Maybelle - I Got A Feeling

Marie Knight - Come On Baby (Hold My Hand)

Billy La Mont - I’m Gonna Try

Ted Taylor - Don’t Lie

Gerald Sims - Cool Breeze

Jean DuShon - Plaything


Chuck Willis - Give And Take

Jean DuShon - Second Class Lover

Angel Face - I Can’t Look Back

Dr Feelgood And The Interns - Mister Moonlight

Rex Garvin And The Mighty Cravers - Emulsified

Louis (Blues Boy) Jones - Come On Home

Roy Lee Johnson With Dr Feelgood & The Interns - Black Pepper Will Make You Sneeze

Big Maybelle - Ocean Of Tears

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