Fulton McGrath

Fulton "Fidgy" McGrath (December 6, 1907 – January 1, 1958) was an American jazz pianist and songwriter.

McGrath played with Red Nichols early in the 1930s, then joined the band of The Dorsey Brothers, in addition to working extensively as a studio musician and in radio orchestras. From 1935-37 McGrath played in Lennie Hayton's radio ensemble, then played later in the decade with Bunny Berigan, Joe Venuti, and Chauncey Morehouse. After spending time in an NBC orchestra, he moved to the West Coast around 1943, where he worked on film soundtracks in Hollywood.

McGrath was the father-in-law of Victor Feldman. His compositions include "Shim Sham Shimmy" and "Mandy Is Two", the latter of which was recorded by Billie Holiday.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 6, 1907 (Superior), Died January 1, 1958

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, composer

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-017411 10-in. 11/24/1937 Autopsy on Schubert Rhythmasters ; Larry Wagner Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-068702 10-in. 12/18/1941 Mandy is two Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Billy Sherman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-071647 10-in. 1/19/1942 Mandy is two Hal McIntyre Orchestra ; Penny Parker Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 32406 10-in. 2/10/1942 Mandy is two Billie Holiday ; Teddy Wilson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Decca 38301 10-in. 8/14/1934 Heat wave The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 38302 10-in. 8/14/1934 By heck The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 38303 10-in. 8/15/1934 Stop, look and listen The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 38304 10-in. 8/15/1934 I'm gettin' sentimental over you The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 38307 10-in. 8/15/1934 Long may we love The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 38308 10-in. 8/15/1934 Annie's Cousin Fanny The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 38309 10-in. 8/15/1934 Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 38417 10-in. 8/24/1934 Lord, I give you my children Johnny Mercer instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 38418 10-in. 8/24/1934 If I could only read your mind Johnny Mercer instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 38419 10-in. 8/24/1934 The bathtub ran over again Johnny Mercer instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 39435 10-in. 3/20/1935 Mello as a 'cello Joe Venuti's Blue Four instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 39436 10-in. 3/20/1935 Mystery Joe Venuti's Blue Four instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 39437 10-in. 3/20/1935 Send me Joe Venuti's Blue Four instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 39438 10-in. 3/20/1935 Vibraphonia No.2 Joe Venuti's Blue Four instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 39439 10-in. 3/20/1935 Nothing but notes Joe Venuti's Blue Four instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 39440 10-in. 3/20/1935 Tap room blues Joe Venuti's Blue Four instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60438 10-in. 2/4/1936 I'm putting all my eggs in one basket Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60439 10-in. 2/4/1936 Yes! Yes! My! My! Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60870 10-in. 3/5/1936 The panic is on Connie Boswell instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60873 10-in. 3/5/1936 Mama don't allow it Connie Boswell instrumentalist, piano  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McGrath, Fulton," accessed June 12, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101156.

McGrath, Fulton. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 12, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101156.

"McGrath, Fulton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 12 June 2024.

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