Harry Brooks (September 20, 1895 – June 22, 1970) was an American writer of popular songs, jazz pianist and composer in the 1920s to the early 1950s.
Brooks was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania. After graduating from his hometown high school in 1914, he worked as a pianist with Pittsburgh bands (dance orchestras) and then as a staff composer for a publishing company. He is recalled mostly in the 21st century for his work with his friends Thomas "Fats" Waller and the lyricist Andy Razaf. Brooks was the composer of several hit songs including his composition "Ain't Misbehavin'", written with Waller and Razaf.
Also with Razaf and Waller, Brooks scored the Broadway shows Snapshots of 1921 and Connie's Hot Chocolates. He died, aged 74, in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Birth and Death Data: Born September 20, 1895 (Homestead), Died June 22, 1970
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, piano, trombone, songwriter, arranger
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 85 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-25501||10-in.||7/19/1921||Saturday||Victor Arden ; Phil Ohman||Piano duet||composer|
|Victor||B-25515||10-in.||8/16/1921||Saturday||Aileen Stanley||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49492||10-in.||8/2/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||Fats Waller||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49493||10-in.||8/2/1929||Sweet Savannah Sue||Fats Waller||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-53498||10-in.||7/9/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-53968||10-in.||7/30/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-55928||10-in.||9/20/1929||Sweet Savannah Sue||Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-55929||10-in.||9/20/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-58529||10-in.||1/28/1930||After you've gone||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-58530||10-in.||1/28/1930||St. James infirmary||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-59122||10-in.||1/27/1930||My man o' war||Lizzie Miles||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-59123||10-in.||1/27/1930||Electrician blues||Lizzie Miles||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-59124||10-in.||1/27/1930||Good time papa||Lizzie Miles||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-59125||10-in.||1/27/1930||You ain't had no blues (Till some other woman takes your man)||Lizzie Miles||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-59693||10-in.||4/11/1930||My gal is good for nothing but love||Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-92580||10-in.||7/9/1935||Ain't misbehavin'||Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Jack Teagarden||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-99726||10-in.||2/28/1936||Swing, Mr. Charlie||Don Darcy ; Louis King Garcia Swing Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-014296||10-in.||9/17/1937||Ain't misbehavin'||Boots and his Buddies ; Cora Woods||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-045747||10-in.||12/12/1939||(What did I do to be so) Black and blue||Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier]||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-074384||10-in.||6/1/1942||Ain't misbehavin' (I'm savin' my love for you)||Tony Pastor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||D7VB-0075||10-in.||1/20/1947||Ain't misbehavin'||Art Tatum||Piano solo||composer|
|Columbia||79888||10-in.||6/14/1921||Saturday||Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W148640||10-in.||5/28/1929||That rhythm man||Sonny Greer and his Memphis Men||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W148762||10-in.||6/28/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||Charleston Chasers||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||148791||10-in.||7/6/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||Jerry Mason and his Californians [Selvin's Orchestra] ; Robert Wood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brooks, Harry," accessed September 26, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105536.
Brooks, Harry. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 26, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105536.
"Brooks, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 26 September 2023.
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