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 76-85 of 85 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||73501||4/12/1946||Beyond the blue horizon||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||73552||5/2/1946||Surrender||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||73553||5/2/1946||More than you know||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||73558||5/8/1946||One love||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||73559||5/8/1946||Holiday forever||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||73560||5/8/1946||Beyond the blue horizon||Randy Brooks Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||C 9295||10-in.||8/15/1934||Under the Creole moon||Noble Sissle and his International Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||C 9296||10-in.||8/15/1934||The old ark is moverin'||Noble Sissle and his International Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||C 9297||10-in.||8/15/1934||Loveless love||Noble Sissle and his International Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||C 9298||10-in.||8/15/1934||Polka dot rag||Noble Sissle and his International Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
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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