Okeh Records


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Okeh Records was founded in 1918 by German immigrant Otto K. E. Heinemann (OKEH). Heinemann set up his own recording studio and gramophone record-pressing plant in New York. In the early years, the label’s catalog included popular songs, dance numbers, and vaudeville skits, catering to audiences overlooked by larger record companies. In the 1920s, Okeh began to record African American blues and R&B artists. The label was one of the first to score a hit with a blues recording, Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues” in 1920. Even though its artists roster covered all musical genres, many classic jazz performances by the likes of King Oliver, Lucille Bogan, Sidney Bechet, Hattie McDaniel, and Duke Ellington were recorded by Okeh. The Okeh label was discontinued in 1935, but after Columbia lost the rights to the Vocalian (Records) name, Okeh was revived to replace Vocalian in 1940. In 1953, Okeh’s pop music acts were transferred to the newly formed Epic Records making Okeh an exclusive rhythm and blues label. The final stage of Okeh Records began in 1962 when producer Carl Davis and musician Curtis Mayfield transformed Okeh into a major soul label (Chicago Soul). After Davis and Mayfield left, Okeh Records was closed down in 1970. The global rights to the Okeh back catalogue are now owned by Sony Music.
• 100% cotton
• Fabric weight: 5.0–5.3 oz/yd² (170-180 g/m²)
• Open-end yarn
• Tubular fabric
• Taped neck and shoulders
• Double seam at sleeves and bottom hem

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