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

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 226-250 of 257 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 10975-10976 10-in. 7/2/1923 Chirpin’ the blues Porter Grainger ; Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick 12527-12529 10-in. 2/14/1924 Four-flushin’ papa Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance trio songwriter  
Brunswick 12674-12676 10-in. 3/11/1924 Nobody ever let me in on nothin’ Hamtree Harrington Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick E4388 10-in. 1/15/1927 Make me love you Lethia Hill Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
Brunswick E4389 10-in. 1/15/1927 Prescription for the blues Lethia Hill Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E22064 10-in. 3/22/1927 Hootin' owl blues Dolly Ross Female vocal solo, with saxophone, piano, and chimes composer  
Brunswick E28492 10-in. approximately Oct. 1928 I’m looking for tulips Newport Tuxedo Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal songwriter  
Brunswick E29531 10-in. Mar. 1929 Song from a cotton field Bessie Brown Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E29532 10-in. Mar. 1929 He just don’t appeal to me Bessie Brown Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E4166-E4167 10-in. 12/3/1926 My good Lord’s done been here Swanee Jubilee Singers Male vocal trio, with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E4168-E4169 10-in. 12/3/1926 I’ve opened my soul (To you, my Lord) Swanee Jubilee Singers Male vocal trio, with saxophone and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick E4511-E4513 10-in. 2/3/1927 Song of the cotton field Duke Ellington ; Kentucky Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E4530-E4531 10-in. 2/7/1927 Ground hog blues Porter Grainger Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Brunswick E4532-E4533 10-in. 2/7/1927 Nuthin’ don’t bother me Porter Grainger Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Brunswick E4542-E4544 10-in. 2/15/1927 When tomorrow comes Evelyn Thompson Female vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E6117-E6119 10-in. 6/24/1927 The band’ll play who’d a-thought it Nannie Mckinney Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E6120-E6122 10-in. 6/24/1927 Dyin’ crap shooter’s blues Nannie Mckinney Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E6362-E6364 10-in. 8/26/1927 Don’t let your love come down Gertrude Saunders Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E6365-E6367 10-in. 8/26/1927 You can’t have it unless I give it to you Gertrude Saunders Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E6787-E6788 10-in. 11/8/1927 She’s gone to join the songbirds in heaven Marguerite Lee Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance trio composer  
Brunswick E7212-E7213 10-in. 3/21/1928 Get it fixed Rosa Henderson Female vocal solo, with cornet, banjo, and piano arranger  
Brunswick E21474-E21476 10-in. 2/10/1927 One more kiss Evelyn Thompson Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick E21477-E21479 10-in. 2/10/1927 Forgive me Eva Knox Female vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E22038-E22039 10-in. 3/21/1927 He don’t know (And I can’t make him understand) Dolly Ross Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick E22062-E22063 10-in. 3/22/1927 Hootin’ owl blues Dolly Ross Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer  
(Results 226-250 of 257 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Grainger, Porter," accessed November 30, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106175.

Grainger, Porter. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106175.

"Grainger, Porter." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 30 November 2022.

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