Porter Grainger

Porter Grainger (October 22, 1891 − c. 1955; fl New York) was an African-American pianist, songwriter, playwright, and music publisher.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 22, 1891, Died 1955

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, composer, lyricist, songwriter, vocalist, arranger, kazoo, leader, organ, speaker, author

Notes: Sometimes billed as "The Singin' Piano Man." Sometimes appears as "Harold Gray" on disc labels and in the Columbia Master book. Listing for Porter Grainger. Pseudonym for Porter Grainger.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 257 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-27894 10-in. 5/9/1923 'Tain't nobody's biz-ness if I do Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-27895 10-in. 5/9/1923 Triflin' blues Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-28219 10-in. 6/26/1923 'Tain't nobody's biz-ness if I do Tennessee Ten Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-28398 10-in. 8/22/1923 Tain't no tellin' what the blues will make you do Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Victor B-28399 10-in. 8/22/1923 Wish I had you (And I'm gonna get you blues) Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-29190 10-in. 1/8/1924 Do doodle oom Armand J. Piron ; Piron's New Orleans Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-37527 10-in. 1/10/1927 Make me love you Duke Ellington Orchestra ; Evelyn Preer Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BVE-48100 10-in. 10/30/1928 Santa Claus, bring my man back to me Hot Five [Ellington ensemble] ; Ozie Ware Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-48101 10-in. 10/30/1928 I done caught you blues Hot Five [Ellington ensemble] ; Ozie Ware Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MVE-50603 16-in. 4/9/1929 Jailhouse blues Mamie Smith Motion picture soundtrack : Female vocal solo, with violin and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-50926 10-in. 3/11/1929 Song from a cotton field Willard Robison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor MVE-51707 16-in. 4/12/1929 Old man trouble Jules Bledsoe Motion picture soundtrack : Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Victor BVE-58676 10-in. 2/27/1930 The man I got ain't the man I want Lizzie Miles Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-58677 10-in. 2/27/1930 Yellow dog gal blues Lizzie Miles Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-58678 10-in. 2/27/1930 Easy ridin' papa Lizzie Miles Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-58679 10-in. 2/27/1930 Done throwed the key away Lizzie Miles Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-59735 10-in. 4/3/1930 When they get lovin' they's gone Billie Young Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-59736 10-in. 4/3/1930 You done played out blues Billie Young Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Victor BVE-62291 10-in. 6/26/1930 Gotta have what it takes Harold Grey [i.e., Porter Grainger] ; Victoria Spivey Female-male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-62292 10-in. 6/26/1930 Gotta have what it takes Harold Grey [i.e., Porter Grainger] ; Victoria Spivey Female-male vocal duet, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Victor BVE-62293 10-in. 6/26/1930 Baulin' water blues Harold Grey [i.e., Porter Grainger] ; Victoria Spivey Female-male vocal duet, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Victor BVE-62294 10-in. 6/26/1930 Baulin' water blues Harold Grey [i.e., Porter Grainger] ; Victoria Spivey Female-male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-62345 10-in. 7/15/1930 Patrol wagon blues Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-63372 10-in. 10/6/1930 I'll get even with you Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BRC-68267 10-in. 7/9/1931 Boola boo Jake Fenderson ; Washboard Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
(Results 1-25 of 257 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Grainger, Porter," accessed January 20, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106175.

Grainger, Porter. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 20, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106175.

"Grainger, Porter." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 20 January 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106175

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