Black Patti Records

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Black Patti Records
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Parent company The Chicago Record Company
Founded 1927 (1927)
Founder Mayo Williams
Defunct 1927 (1927)
Status Inactive
Genre Jazz, blues, sermons, spirituals, vaudeville
Country of origin U.S.
Location Chicago, Illinois
Official website www.blackpatti.com

Black Patti Records was a short-lived record label in Chicago founded by Mayo Williams in 1927. It was named after the black opera singer Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, who was called Black Patti because some thought she resembled the Italian opera singer Adelina Patti. The label lasted seven months and produced 55 albums.[1] The Black Patti peacock logo was used in the 1960s by Nick Perls for his Belzona/Yazoo label.

At Paramount, Mayo Williams was a successful producer of race records, i.e. records made by black musicians to be sold to black customers. When he left Paramount to start Black Patti, he had no equipment, only his Chicago office. The albums were recorded and pressed at Gennett Records in Richmond, Indiana. The catalog included jazz, blues, sermons, spirituals, and vaudeville skits, most but not all by black entertainers. A total of 55 discs were manufactured. Williams closed the label before the end of 1927.

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  1. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (6 July 2014). "Black Patti 8030". Oxford American. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 

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