Talk:Ralph Peer

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I edited out the below sentence which I know is wrong in at least a couple of ways, but I don't have time tonight to research a complete correction:

In 1920, while employed as recording director for General Phonograph's Okeh label in Kansas City, he supervised what was reputed to be the first blues recording, Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues".

I'm not sure how Peer would have supervised a recording done in New York City while in Kansas City. Crazy Blues most certainly was not the first recording of a blues, but the Smith sides were the first records done by an African American artist for the African American market.

Mention should be made of Peer earlier at Columbia as well. --Infrogmation 05:38 6 Jun 2003 (UTC)

The sentence doesn't say he supervised the recording in Kansas City, merely that he supervised it while employed by a company based in Kanasas City. I'll be interested in the result of your research. Tiles 06:02 6 Jun 2003 (UTC)

I have done some more checking and your point is correct. Peer actually left Columbia Records, in Kansas City, in 1920 when he was hired as recording director of General Phonograph's OKeh label in New York. In the same year he supervised Mamie Smith's Crazy Blues Tiles 07:22 8 Jun 2003 (UTC)

In the Career section, I deleted the reference implying that Peer's recording of Billie Maxwell in 1929 was the first recording of a female country singer, as Peer had already recorded Maybelle Carter 2 years earlier. Ramseyman (talk) 08:59, 19 February 2017 (UTC)[reply]

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