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 26-50 of 85 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||[W]148817||10-in.||7/16/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||Sammy Fain||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W148905||10-in.||8/20/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||Ruth Etting||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W149100||10-in.||10/5/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||George Bias||Male vocal solo, with violin and piano||composer|
|Columbia||W149950||10-in.||1/31/1930||(What did I do to be so) Black and blue?||Mills Merry Makers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150160||10-in.||4/1/1930||(What did I do to be so) Black and blue||Ethel Waters||Female vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W152667||10-in.||1/11/1934||Ain't misbehavin'||Claude Hopkins and his Orchestra ; Orlando Robinson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||S-70303||10-in.||Nov. 1921||I'm cuckoo over you||Markel's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||W402534||10-in.||7/19/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W402535||10-in.||7/22/1929||(What did I do to be so) Black and blue||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W402540||10-in.||7/19/1929||That rhythm man||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W402541||10-in.||7/19/1929||Sweet Savannah Sue||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W402551||10-in.||8/2/1929||Jungle jamboree||Harlem Footwarmers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||W402553||10-in.||8/2/1929||Snake hip dance||Duke Ellington Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||W402881||10-in.||8/23/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||W402924||10-in.||9/11/1929||When you're smiling (The whole world smiles with you)||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||W403428||10-in.||12/15/1929||Je sais pos c cannye||Patrick (Dak) Pellerin ; Mina Stubbs||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||6153||10-in.||approximately July 1921||Saturday||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||6835-6836||10-in.||approximately Nov. 1921||I'm cuckoo over you||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E30094||10-in.||6/28/1929||Ain’t misbehavin’||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E30585||10-in.||7/29/1929||(What did I do to be so) Black and blue||Jungle Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E30586||10-in.||7/29/1929||Jungle jamboree||Jungle Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E31558||10-in.||Dec. 1929||(What did I do to be so) Black and blue||Edith Wilson||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E31559||10-in.||Dec. 1929||My man is good for nothing but love||Edith Wilson||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E31919||10-in.||1/31/1930||Black and blue||Adrian Rollini ; Snake & Teddy||Saxophone solo, with piano and guitar||composer|
|Brunswick||E35750||10-in.||12/15/1930||Saturday||Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brooks, Harry," accessed December 7, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105536.
Brooks, Harry. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 7, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105536.
"Brooks, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 7 December 2023.
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