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In 1916, Otto Heinmann set up the American branch of the German company of Carl Lindström. He chose as the name of the company, an old American Indian word meaning “it is so”, and spelled it as it sounded: “Okeh”. The early labels emphased the O and H in larger type as they were the initials of the owner, and the Indian brave’s head was used as the trade mark to show the origins of the word. The catalogue numbers started at 1000, the matrix numbers at 100. The first Okehs were vertical-cut, but after a year, the company changed to the more popular lateral-cut style. The company pioneered “location” recordings in the 1920s when they went on their famous travels to record artists from the more remote parts of America, including many “local” jazz & blues musicians. In 1935, the label was discontinued by CBS, who then owned the name. It was revived in 1940, a shadow of its former self, and continued into the 1950s.
OKeh (Indian) (1)
OKeh (brown) (2)
Okeh (electric, black) (18)
Okeh (liberty) (4)
OKeh (TrueTone) (0)
Okeh (electric, orange) (6)
 
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Cat No▲
(Mx/Ctr No)
TakeTitle Name (Composer)Artist(s), AccompanimentRec Date
Rec Place
Label(s)Order No
[xRef Nos]
Files
4002-B
(S-750)
B
American, RussianDance Band
Russian Rag (Русский рэг), foxtrot (George L. Cobb)
Dance Band, Conductor Fred W. Hager~07-1919
New York
OKeh (Indian)4002
9308
(W 80493)
B
RussianBalalaika Orchestra
Strekoza (Стрекоза), polka
Balalaika Orchestra of F. Zarkevich, Conductor Fedor Zarkevich04-03-1927
New-York
Okeh (electric, orange)15073-B
(W 15073B)
11006-A
(11006)
A
Polish
At the photographer’s (U fotografa), comic scene
Henryk Czacki, Kajetan KopczyńskiOKeh (brown)11006
11006-B
(11006)
B
Polish
Driving to Berdyczów (Jazda do Berdyczowa), comic scene
Henryk Czacki, Kajetan KopczyńskiOKeh (brown)11006
11307
(W 80492)
B
RussianBalalaika Orchestra
The Brocken Life (Разбитая жизнь), waltz (Max Kuess)
Balalaika Orchestra of F. Zarkevich, Conductor Fedor Zarkevich04-03-1926
New-York
Okeh (electric, orange)15073-A
(W 15073A)
11342
(W 81594)
A
PolishComic Duet
They danced polka (Tańczyli Polkę), comic song
Theodora Wandyczowa (Wandycz), Wladyslaw Ochrymowicz, acc. orchestra01-11-1927
New-York
Okeh (electric, black), Columbia Record11342
Co 18472-F
(W 81594)
11342
(W 81595)
B
PolishComic Duet
At the ladder (Na Drabince), comic song
Theodora Wandyczowa (Wandycz), Wladyslaw Ochrymowicz, acc. orchestra01-11-1927
New-York
Okeh (electric, black), Columbia Record11342
Co 18472-F
(W 81595)
11386
(W 401032)
A
PolishOrchestra with Singing
Pim-Pam, Pim-Pam
Wacław Golański, acc. orchestra, Conductor G. Szymański14-07-1928
Chicago
Okeh, Columbia Record11386
18465-F
(W 401032-A)
11386
(W 401033)
A
PolishOrchestra with Singing
Mr. Ludwig went for hunting (Pojechał pan Ludwik na polowanie)
Wacław Golański, acc. orchestra, Conductor G. Szymański14-07-1928
Chicago
Okeh, Columbia Record11386
18465-F
(W 401033-A)
11405
(W 401287)
B
Polishbaritone with orchestra
Give gas! (Daj gazu !), song
Wladyslaw Ochrymowicz3-11-1928
New York
Okeh (electric, black)11405
11405
(W 401289)
A
Polishbaritone with orchestra
Is Anna a damsel or not? (Czy Anna jest panna czy nie?), foxtrot (Revue «Czy Anna jest panna?») (Fred Raymond (Raimund Friedrich Vesely), lyrics by Charles Amberg, Marian Hemar (Polish text))
Wladyslaw Ochrymowicz3-11-1928
New York
Okeh (electric, black)11405
15004-A
(45848)
A
RussianComic
The problem in ancient history (Задача в древней истории), comic scene
Bim-Bom (Ivan Radunsky & M.Stanevsky)Okeh (liberty), Beka-Record15004
45848
15004-B
(45841)
B
RussianComic
The New Articles of Law (Новые статьи закона), comic scene
Bim-Bom (Ivan Radunsky & M.Stanevsky)Okeh (liberty), Beka-Record15004
45841
15007-A
RussianComic
In Old Times and Now (Прежде и теперь), comic scene
Bim-Bom (Ivan Radunsky & M.Stanevsky)Okeh (liberty)15007
15007-B
RussianComic
The Modern Othello (Современный Отелло), comic scene
Bim-Bom (Ivan Radunsky & M.Stanevsky)Okeh (liberty)15007
15041-A
(45661)
RussianMezzo-soprano with piano
The Little String (Веревочка), folk song (arr. Yakov Prigozhy)
Nadezhda Plevitskaya, acc. Alexander Zarema (?) (piano)12-1909
Moscow
Odeon-Record15041
15041-A
(45661)
15041-B
(45651)
Russianmezzo-soprano with piano
Quietly the Little Horse Goes On (Тихо тащится лошадка), song (Ilya Sats, arr. Nadezhda Plevitskaya)
Nadezhda Plevitskaya, acc. Alexander Zarema (piano)12-1909
Moscow
Odeon-Record15041
15041-B
(45651)
15051-A
(45654)
Russianmezzo-soprano with piano
The spinning-wheel (Прялочка), song (Alexander Chernyavsky)
Nadezhda Plevitskaya, acc. Alexander Zarema (piano)12-1909
Moscow
Odeon-Record15051
15051-A
(45654)
15051-B
(45653)
Russianmezzo-soprano with piano
The Lot of a Poor Man (Доля бедняка), song (Alexander Zarema)
Nadezhda Plevitskaya, acc. Alexander Zarema (piano)12-1909
Moscow
Odeon-Record15051
15051-B
(45653)
15063-A
(45657)
Russianmezzo-soprano with piano
The Vagabond (Through the Wild Transbaikalia Steppes) (Бродяга (По диким степям Забайкалья)), folk (prisoners’) song (lyrics by Ivan Kondratyev (?))
Nadezhda Plevitskaya, acc. Alexander Zarema (piano)12-1909
Moscow
Odeon-Record15063
15063-A
(45657)
15063-B
(45652)
Russianmezzo-soprano with piano
There died a poor man (Умер бедняга), song (lyrics by K.R. (alias of Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia, grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia. "K.R." means Konstantin Romanov))
Nadezhda Plevitskaya, acc. Alexander Zarema (piano)12-1909
Moscow
Odeon-Record15063
15063-B
(45652)
15073-A
(W 15073A)
RussianBalalaika Orchestra
The Brocken Life (Разбитая жизнь), waltz (Max Kuess)
Balalaika Orchestra of F. Zarkevich, Conductor Fedor Zarkevich04-03-1926
New-York
Okeh (electric, orange), Okeh15073
11307
(W 80492-B)
15073-B
(W 15073B)
RussianBalalaika Orchestra
Strekoza (Стрекоза), polka
Balalaika Orchestra of F. Zarkevich, Conductor Fedor Zarkevich04-03-1927
New-York
Okeh (electric, orange), Okeh15073
9308
(W 80493-B)
15083
(W 400816)
B
Lemko, RussianDuet with Orchestra
Behind the mountains and the forests (За горами, за лесами), folk song
Anna Dran, Joanna Karkak, acc. orchestra, Conductor V.P. Gladik21-06-1928
New York
Okeh (electric, black), Columbia Record15083
Co 20282-F
(W 400816)
15083
(W 400817)
B
LemkoDuet with Orchestra
Oh mountain, my mountain (Ой верше, мій верше...), folk song
Anna Dran, Joanna Karkak, acc. orchestra, Conductor V.P. Gladik21-06-1928
New York
Okeh (electric, black), Columbia Record15083
Co 20282-F
(W 400817)
15086
(W 400869)
B
Lemko, RussianQuartet with orchestra
I am dying in a foreign land (На чужбине погибаю), folk song
Anna Dran, Eva Tzurik, A. Galkovich, P. Popov, acc. orchestra14-07-1928
New York
Okeh (electric, orange)15086
15086
(W 400870)
B
Lemko, RussianQuartet with orchestra
It’s time for Russia! (Пора, пора за Русь!), anthem
Anna Dran, Eva Tzurik, A. Galkovich, P. Popov, acc. orchestra14-07-1928
New York
Okeh (electric, orange)15086
15103
(W 401673)
A
Lemko, Russian
Russian-Lemko Engagement, Part 1 (Лемковское обручение, часть 1) (arr. S.Shkimba)
E.Dolina, R.Bibel, I.O.Amersky27-02-1929
New-York
Okeh (electric, black), Columbia Record15103
20277-F
(W 401673-A)
15103
(W 401674)
A
Lemko, Russian
Russian-Lemko Engagement, Part 2 (Лемковское обручение, часть 2) (arr. S.Shkimba)
E.Dolina, R.Bibel, I.O.Amersky27-02-1929
New-York
Okeh (electric, black), Columbia Record15103
20277-F
(W 401674-A)
15113
(W 402430)
A
RussianVocal
Ala Verdy (Ала верды)
Vera Smirnova, acc. orchestra, Conductor Dymitro Kornienko~07-1929
New-York
Okeh (electric, black)15113
15113
(W 402499)
A
RussianVocal
Vot Zvetok Dushisty (Вот цветок душистый)
Vera Smirnova~07-1929
New-York
Okeh (electric, black)15113
15114
(W 402500)
B
RussianVocal
Why Close Your Eyes, My Lord? (Что ты, барин, щуришь глазки) (Mikhail Shishkin)
Vera Smirnova, acc. orchestra~07-1929
New-York
Okeh (electric, black)15114
15114
(W 402501)
B
RussianVocal
Garden, my garden (Уж ты, сад, ты мой сад), folk song
Vera Smirnova, acc. orchestra~07-1929
New-York
Okeh (electric, black)15114
15123
(W 403608)
B
RussianVocal with Guitar
Sleep, Bayushki Bai (Спи, Баюшки Баю), folk song
Nikolay Gulyaev (Kolja Negin), acc. guitar~10-01-1930
New York
Columbia (Viva-Tonal, USA)15123
20238-F
(W 403608-B)
15123
(W 403609)
A
RussianVocal with Guitar
Flashing arms in the sun (Оружием на солнце сверкая), folk song
Nikolay Gulyaev (Kolja Negin), acc. guitar~10-01-1930
New York
Columbia (Viva-Tonal, USA)15123
20238-F
(W 403609-A)
15124
(W 403606)
B
RussianVocal
Shut up, do not ring! (Замолчите, не звените!), romance (Nikolay Gulyaev (Kolja Negin))
Nikolay Gulyaev (Kolja Negin), acc. guitar~10-01-1930
New York
Okeh (electric, black)15124
15124
(W 403607)
A
RussianVocal
Among Forests and Field (Среди лесов и поля), gypsy song
Nikolay Gulyaev (Kolja Negin), acc. guitar~10-01-1930
New York
Okeh (electric, black)15124
15125
(W 403195)
A
RussianSoprano with Piano
At the wellколодца)
Zinaida Astrova, acc. Ariel Rubstein (piano)10-1929
New-York
Okeh (electric, black)15125
15125
(W 403196)
A
RussianSoprano with Piano
Sing, Gypsy (Пой, цыгане) (Rudolf Kugel, lyrics by B. Feldman)
Zinaida Astrova, acc. Ariel Rubstein (piano)10-1929
New-York
Okeh (electric, black)15125
15540
(W 80492)
B
RussianBalalaika Orchestra
The Brocken Life (Разбитая жизнь), waltz (Max Kuess)
Balalaika Orchestra of F. Zarkevich, Conductor Fedor Zarkevich04-03-1926
New-York
Okeh (electric, orange)15073-A
(W 15073A)
15543
(W 81049)
A
Ukrainian, AmericanUkrainian National Quartet
Hey my brother (Чуєш, брате мій), romance-song (Leo (Levko) Lepky, Filaret Kolessa, lyrics by Bogdan Lepky)
Nicholas Grebenetzky, Ivan Davidenko, K.Schit, Peter Ordinsky), Conductor Nicholas Grebenetzky30-04-1927
New York
Okeh (electric, black), Columbia Record15543
27293-F
(W 81049)
15543
(W 81050)
Ukrainian, AmericanUkrainian National Quartet
Oh, the hoop has burst (Ой, лопнув обруч), folk comic song
Nicholas Grebenetzky, Ivan Davidenko, K.Schit, Peter Ordinsky), Conductor Nicholas Grebenetzky30-04-1927
New York
Columbia (Viva-Tonal, USA)27293-F
(W 81050-A)
AOkeh (electric, black)15543
15554
(W 81211)
B
Ukrainiantenor with orchestra
At home and in Americaкраю та в Америці), comic song
Joseph (Ivan) Davidenko, acc. orchestra11-08-1927
New York
Okeh (electric, orange)15554
15554
(W 81912)
B
Ukrainiantenor with orchestra
Love (Любов), comic song
Joseph (Ivan) Davidenko, acc. orchestra05-12-1927
New York
Okeh (electric, orange)15554
40772-B
(W 40772)
AmericanОркестр
Singin’ the blues, foxtrot (Conrad K. Dober, Joseph Russel Robinson)
Frankie Trumbauer And His Orchestra, Conductor Frankie Trumbauer, Solo by Bix Beiderbecke and Ed. Lang4-02-1927
New York
Aprelevka Plant849
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