Okeh 4

Okeh (U.S.A.) / 1928

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Design: The same layout as previous but with a monochrome black and grey colour combination. One of relatively few record labels to feature a picture of the performer and even fewer to carry a facsimile signature (which reveals him as a well-grounded, well-balanced, optimistic and even-tempered person who clearly liked to make a good impression on others), and this one even carries a personal message!

History: Jazz pianist Seger Ellis (1904-1995) was also a vocalist who made several records, mostly on the Victor label; here he announces a new recording contract with Okeh, but like many other labels it was hit hard by the Great Depression and faded out in the early 1930s. Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany.

Design variations of this label in this decade (click on image to view page):

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