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The Okeh Record Company (pronounced "O-K") was founded in 1916 by Otto Heinemann, a manager of the US branch of Odeon Records. Okeh's first records were vertically cut, but they switched to the more prevalent lateral cut in 1919. After a successful run of records by blues singer Mamie Smith in 1920, Okeh started making the first "Race" records in 1922 and recorded a great number of early jazz and blues from top black performers of the day including the great King Oliver. Several years after Oliver's Okeh recordings, his protégé Louis Armstrong made a string of landmark jazz records for Okeh. In 1926, Okeh switched to electrical recording and was purchased by Columbia records. The label gradually disappeared by 1935 with Columbia's instability. After the CBS buyout of Columbia, the Okeh division was re-launched in 1940, continuing until 1946, and again in 1951.
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