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 201-225 of 304 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W152018 10-in. 11/3/1931 So this is Venice Dan Hornsby and his Lion's Den Trio Male vocal quartet, with guitar lyricist  
Columbia 75321 12-in. approximately 1916 You're a dog-gone dangerous girl Ella Shields Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia C2143 10-in. 2/28/1938 Ragtime Cowboy Joe Girls of the Golden West Female vocal duet, with guitar lyricist  
Columbia 30459 10-in. 5/09/1941 Am I blue? Billie Holiday Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh 209 10-in. ca. June 1918 I hate to lose you Elaine Gordon Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh 298 10-in. ca. Aug. 1918 Everything is peaches down in Georgia Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh 334 10-in. ca. Sept. 1918 You'll find old Dixieland in France Arthur Fields Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh 824 10-in. ca. June 1919 McCarthy, he's a Frenchman now Fanny Watson Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh S-7113 10-in. ca. Dec. 1919-Jan. 1920 Just for me and Mary ('Twas a beautiful wedding day) Sterling Trio Male vocal trio, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-7446 10-in. May 1920 I love the land of Old Black Joe American Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist  
OKeh S-7525 10-in. Aug. 1920 My little bimbo down on the Bamboo Isle Billy Jones Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-70160 10-in. Sept. 1921 Second hand Rose Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-70505 10-in. Feb. 1922 Blue bird, where are you? Sophie Tucker Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-70557 10-in. Mar. 1922 Oogie-oogie-wa-wa Elsie Clark Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-70605 10-in. Apr. 1922 Maybe you think you're fooling baby Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-70804 10-in. Aug. 1922 Oh! Is she dumb Ernest Hare ; Billy Jones Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-70914 10-in. Oct. 1922 He loves it Elsie Clark Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-72363 10-in. Feb. 1924 So this is Venice! Billy Jones Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-73026 10-in. 12/17/1924 Mandy, make up your mind Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance quintet, with female vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh S-73027 10-in. 12/17/1924 I'm a little blackbird looking for a bluebird Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance quartet, with female vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh W81158 10-in. 7/9/1927 I want to be there Frank McCravy ; James McCravy Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and piano lyricist  
OKeh W82000 10-in. 12/2/1927 Ballin' the jack Chicago Footwarmers Jazz/dance quartet composer  
OKeh W401480 10-in. 12/22/1928 Avalon town Charles W. Hamp Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
OKeh W401585 10-in. 1/2/1929 Weary river Smith Ballew ; New Yorkers ; Joe Venuti Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh W402228 10-in. 1/10/1929 Avalon Town Cocoanut Grove Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 201-225 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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