Okeh Race Records Ad: Clarence Williams, Sara Martin, Mamie Smith (1923)

This Okeh race record ad dates to August 1923. Clarence Williams, besides being exclusive to Okeh at the time, also served as the race series’ first talent scout and A&R manager. The performers pictured and mentioned were all New York–based; Okeh made its first Chicago recordings just two months earlier, and was readying them for release when this ad appeared.