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 January 1st, 1891

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." Appears as "Harold Gray" on some disc labels and in the Columbia Master book.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 255 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 songwriter, instrumentalist, piano  
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 instrumentalist, piano, composer  
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 vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
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 vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
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 composer, lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 255 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Grainger, Porter," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106175.

Grainger, Porter. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106175.

"Grainger, Porter." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.

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

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