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|
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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