Grant Clarke (May 14, 1891, Akron, Ohio – May 16, 1931, California) was an American songwriter.
Clarke moved to New York City early in his career, where he worked as an actor and a staff writer for comedians. He began working on Tin Pan Alley, where he contributed music to films such as The Jazz Singer (1927), Weary River (1928), On with the Show (1929) and Is Everybody Happy? (1929).
He wrote the lyrics to the show Dixie to Broadway, and also contributed to the 1921 Ziegfeld Follies and Bombo. Later in his career he became a charter member of ASCAP and was successful in the music publishing business.
Clarke was the author of the lyrics to many popular songs of the 1910s and 1920s, working with composers such as George W. Meyer, Harry Akst, James V. Monaco, Al Piantadosi, Fred Fisher, Harry Warren, Arthur Johnston, James Hanley, Lewis F. Muir and Milton Ager.
Birth and Death Data: Born May 14th, 1891 (Akron), Died California
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1936
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 281 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-10937||10-in.||9/8/1911||Dat's harmony||Arthur Collins||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-11596||10-in.||2/15/1912||That Coontown quartette||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-11906||10-in.||4/23/1912||Ragtime cowboy Joe||Bob Roberts||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-11949||10-in.||4/30/1912||Whistle it||Ada Jones||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-12628||10-in.||11/19/1912||In banjo land||Peerless Quartet ; Fred Van Eps||Male vocal quartet, with banjo and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-12987||10-in.||3/12/1913||There's one in a million like you||Edna Brown ; James F. Harrison||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13418||10-in.||6/11/1913||Oh you million dollar doll||William J. Halley||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13560||10-in.||7/10/1913||Salvation Nell||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13636||10-in.||7/25/1913||When you haven't a beautiful girl||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13697||10-in.||8/13/1913||Ever since you told me that you loved me||Ed Morton||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13979||10-in.||10/22/1913||There's a girl in Arizona||Frank Croxton ; Byron G. Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14009||10-in.||10/29/1913||Down in Monkeyville||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14076||10-in.||11/14/1913||He'd have to get under, get out and get under||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14106||10-in.||11/21/1913||At that bully wooly Wild West show||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14165||10-in.||12/9/1913||Sit down (You're rocking the boat)||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14391||10-in.||1/28/1914||On the steps of the great white Capitol (Stood Martha and George)||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14527||10-in.||3/3/1914||I love the ladies||William J. Halley||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14779||10-in.||4/30/1914||He's a devil in his own home town||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14781||10-in.||4/30/1914||The 20th century rag||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14837||10-in.||5/18/1914||All he does is follow them around||William J. Halley||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14912||10-in.||5/28/1914||I love the ladies||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15035||10-in.||7/2/1914||He'd push it along||Elizabeth Murray||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-15049||12-in.||7/9/1914||Broadway favorites||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15073||10-in.||7/17/1914||I can't believe you really love me (It's like a wonderful dream)||Billy Watkins||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15139||10-in.||8/21/1914||They start the Victrola and go dancing around the floor||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Clarke, Grant," accessed August 15, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103128.
Clarke, Grant. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 15, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103128.
"Clarke, Grant." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 15 August 2020.
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