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That Thing Called Love

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This recording was made on in New York City on February 14th 1920 featuring Mamie Smith vocals, accompanied by the Okeh studio orchestra with Ed Cox rumprt, Dope Andrews trombone, Ernest Elliott clarinet & tenor, Leroy Parker violin, Willie "The Lion" Smith piano, and others unknown.

*"That Thing Called Love" was written by Perry Bradford.

Popular song writing dynamo Perry Bradford was certain that there was a lucrative market for recordings of songs produced for sales to black consumers. It wasn't easy however getting the record companies to listen. Bradford's dogged efforts finally paid off after more than a year in 1920 when the Okeh Record label became interested in his idea. He had just the right singer in mind the extremely talented Mamie Smith, a star of his recent musical revue "Maid Of Harlem".

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