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The E-Discographer #1 May, 2000 Updated March 8, 2009

OKeh Research


Ross Laird informs us that he is working with Brian Rust on an OKeh discography for Greenwood Press. Progress is good but there are still gaps, especially in early client and subsidiary labels such as Larkin and the American Odeon 20000 series. An example would be this single-faced commemorative Larkin:

Matrix number is handwritten in the runout at the eleven o'clock position 73-722-B. The selection is a pleasant salon orchestra rendition, the composer is W. M. Isham and the user is instructed to "play slowly". Larkin was once one of America's most successful mail order businesses and OKeh pressed a series of Larkin discs drawn from its regular catalog. Run by John Durrant Larkin (1845-1926) and his brother-in-law and partner, Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) Larkin's headquarters were in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building on Seneca Ave. in Buffalo, NY. It was among the very first fully air-conditioned office building in the United States but it was demolished back in 1950. Hubbard, incidentally, created the Roycrofters who recorded in the late 1920's. -DD


The award-winning Discography of OKeh Records, 1918-1934 was published by Greenwood press in 2004.

Mr. Laird wrote:
Can you provide more details of these or any other "client" labels... In particular I looking for data on:
Ambassador Record #1
Rational Rhythm Records #1/2, 5/6, 7/8, 11/12 and any higher...
Roach Record #1
Sunshine Record #1, 2 or 3
Sunshine Gospel Record 1001, 1002 & 1003
Thompson Record #1
Wesfield Record #1 & #2
And any un-numbered private pressings... There are certainly other "client" records produced by Okeh for which I have no information.

The following is a list of the Okehs for which I still need mxs. and/or takes. As I already have artist & title data all I need is cat #, mxs/takes and one word of each title (so I know which mx. belongs to which side).
4000 series
4011, 13, 16, 17, 19, 25, 29, 43, 44, 48, 56, 58, 61, 70, 82, 83
4100, 01, 03, 05, 09, 11, 15, 20, 22, 23, 29, 39, 42, 47, 48, 50, 52, 59, 65, 84, 86
4200, 29, 36, 38, 39, 40, 45, 57, 61, 62, 64, 77
4308, 09, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 54, 57, 69, 87, 93
4410, 26, 31, 34, 43, 44, 53, 57, 73
4500, 18, 20, 34, 35, 37, 38, 40, 45, 53, 55, 59, 67, 69, 74, 84, 87, 88, 91, 92, 93
4601, 03, 04, 10, 11, 13, 26, 35, 39, 41, 51, 65, 74, 77, 79, 95 4705, 15, 26, 39, 42, 46, 47, 49, 60, 63, 77, 80, 82, 88, 91, 93, 99 4800, 06, 10, X, 25, 31, 35, 40, 46, 49, 52, 53, 60, 70, 73, 74, 84, 98 4900, 02, 03, 36, 39, 43, 53, 56, 57, 58, 61, 62, 72

7000 series
7001, 02, 05, 07, 20, 73

8000 series
8011, 14, 21, 38
8120, 31, 65, 67
8204, 71
8308, 30, 61
8406, 08, 87
8509, 47
8616, 21

40000 series
40002, 16, 17, 23, 27, 29, 32, 36, 37, 46, 60, 61, 64, X, 75, 77, 82, 86, 95, 98
40102, 05, 20, 30, 34, 41, 43, 44, 51, 59, 68, 69, 71, 73, 74, 78, 87, 94, 95, 96
40202, 04, 09, 11, 12, 15, 22, 24, 30, 32, 41, 47, 48, 49, 63, 64, 69, 71, 74, 76, 88, 90, 96
40304, 05, 11, 19, 20, 31, 36, 38, 42, 43, 52, 53, 62, 66, 67, 71, 74, 76, 83, 84, 89, 90, 91, 95, 98
40402, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 11, 15, 16, 19, 28, 30, 33, 35, 36, 45, 46, 47, 53, 54, 63, 65, 67, 70, 73, 75, X, 84, X, X, 90, 91, 96, 97
40505, 08, 13, 14, 15, 19, 25, 28, 30, 31, 36, 40, 48, X, 58, 61, 63, X, 71, 73, 75, X, 82, 84, 85, 92, 97
40600, 04, 05, 06, 11, 13, X, 20, X, 33, 35, 36, 37, X, 43, 45, 58, 59, 62, 65, 67, 68, 77, 82, 83, X, 86, 88, 91, 92, 97
***40668 is the last issue for which mxs. are unknown. For all following 40000 series issues I need only takes:

40700, 01, 02, 04, 05, X, 07, 08, 09, 10, X, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 36, 52, 53, 54, 56, 59, 60, 64, 65, 66, 70, 73, 74, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 86, 87, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96
40802, 08, 11, 12, 16, 28, 30, 49, 51, 52, 62, 64, 66, 72, 75, 78, 83, 87, 94
40901, 10, 20, 24, 29, 33, 39, 42, 46, 48, 51, 63, 69, 78, 81, 83, 91, 94, 98, 99
41002, 09, 22, 27, 29
41105, 07, 08, 09
41200, 01, 46
41335, 53, 55, 63, 67, 79, 80, 81
41460, 89

45000 series
45017, 18, 22, 24, 28, 35, 43, 55, 56, 61, 70, 75, 76 X

Odeon 20000 series

20000-20019 (inclusive), 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 35, 41, 45, 46, 53, 59, 62, 70, 71, 83
20087 is the highest issue in this series known to me.
Also need mxs. for the many ethnic Odeon series issues (Oken mxs. only)
Regards,
Ross Laird

Thanks to Laura Botts and Jack Palmer for their responses.
Please address all correspondence to davdieh@aol.com

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