Grant Clarke

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 14, 1891 (Akron), Died May 16, 1931 (California)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer

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Recordings (Results 226-250 of 304 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W402465 10-in. 6/19/1929 Am I blue? Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh W402880 10-in. 8/23/1929 Am I blue? Smith Ballew ; Roy Smeck’s Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh W403048 10-in. 10/10/1929 Wouldn't it be wonderful? Ed Kirkeby Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio lyricist  
OKeh W403967 10-in. 4/22/1930 Nobody cares if I'm blue Ed Kirkeby Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal lyricist  
OKeh W404975 10-in. 9/10/1931 Now that I need you you're gone Joe Venuti’s Rhythm Boys Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh [OK cat 1187-b] 10-in. approximately 1919 Anything is nice if it comes from Dixieland Bert Harvey Male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh [OK cat 40144-b] 10-in. 1924 You'll never get to heaven with those eyes Earl Rickard Male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick 4055 10-in. approximately Aug. 1920 My little bimbo Ernest Hare Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 7517 10-in. approximately Mar. 1922 Maybe you think you're fooling baby Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 7714 10-in. approximately Mar. 1922 Oogie oogie wa-wa Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 8323-8325 10-in. approximately June 1922 Oh! Is she dumb Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 8481-8483 10-in. approximately July 1922 Blue Marion Harris ; Isham Jones Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Brunswick 8913-8914 10-in. approximately Oct. 1922 He loves it Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 10721-10723 10-in. 5/23/1923 Now that I need you, you’re gone Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Brunswick 10833-10835 10-in. 6/13/1923 Dirty hands, dirty face Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 12007-12009 10-in. 11/30/1923 So this is Venice! Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick E29024 10-in. 1/3/1929 Avalon town Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick E29182 10-in. 2/20/1929 Weary river Randolph’s Royal Hawaiians Vocal and instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Brunswick E29467 10-in. 3/31/1929 Always in my heart The Eight Radio Stars ; Scrappy Lambert Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and whistling; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick E30296 10-in. 7/10/1929 Am I blue? Libby Holman Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Brunswick E32770 10-in. 5/13/1930 Nobody cares if I’m blue Meyer Davis' Hotel Astor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick E32836 10-in. May 1930 Nobody cares if I’m blue Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E25183-E25185 10-in. 11/11/1927 Mother of mine, I still have you Al Jolson Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Brunswick XE31249-XE31250 12-in. Oct. 1929 On with the show—Medley Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick C1832 10-in. 3/31/1928 Dirty hands! Dirty face! Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra ; Al Jolson Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
(Results 226-250 of 304 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Clarke, Grant," accessed April 15, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103128.

Clarke, Grant. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 15, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103128.

"Clarke, Grant." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 15 April 2024.

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