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 26-50 of 257 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor ABRC-68268 10-in. 7/9/1931 Boola boo Washboard Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-98196 10-in. 12/4/1935 Fat and greasy Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-041553 10-in. 8/15/1939 Down in my soul Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-048776 10-in. 4/11/1940 Fat and greasy Fats Waller and his Rhythm Male vocal solo, with jazz.band sextet songwriter  
Victor BS-057085 10-in. 11/6/1940 Tain't nobody's biz-nezz if I do Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-Test-407 10-in. 1/3/1929 Dese men don't mean you no good, part 1 Ozie Ware Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-Test-408 10-in. 1/3/1929 Dese men don't mean you no good, part 2 Ozie Ware Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 80487 10-in. 8/2/1922 Cradle song Percy Grainger Piano solo arranger  
Columbia 80679 10-in. 11/18/1922 'Tain't nobody's biz-ness if I do Brownskin Syncopators ; Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist, composer  
Columbia 80778 10-in. 1/10/1923 Bring it with you when you come Leona Williams Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Columbia 80862 10-in. 2/15/1923 'Tain't nobody's biz-ness if I do Bessie Smith ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano lyricist, composer  
Columbia 80912 10-in. 3/27/1923 Laughin' cryin' blues Amanda Brown ; Porter Grainger Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano songwriter, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 80913 10-in. 3/27/1923 Strut long papa Amanda Brown ; Porter Grainger Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 80990 10-in. 4/26/1923 Triflin' blues Amanda Brown ; Porter Grainger Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Columbia 80991 10-in. 4/26/1923 Chirping the blues Amanda Brown ; Porter Grainger Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 81033 10-in. 5/24/1923 Tired o' waitin' blues Amanda Brown ; Porter Grainger Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Columbia 81034 10-in. 5/24/1923 Michigan water blues Amanda Brown ; Porter Grainger Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 81212 10-in. 9/13/1923 Do doodle oom Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 81278 10-in. 10/11/1923 Save your man and satisfy your soul Porter Grainger ; Edna Hicks Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Columbia 81293 10-in. 10/25/1923 Wish I had you (and I'm gonna get you blues) Bessie Brown ; Fletcher Henderson ; George W. Williams Female-male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with piano lyricist  
Columbia 81392 10-in. 12/4/1923 Mistreatin' daddy Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano songwriter  
Columbia 81495 10-in. 1/18/1924 I'm gonna tear your playhouse down Clara Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, kazoo  
Columbia 81496 10-in. 1/18/1924 I don't love nobody (So I don't have no blues) Clara Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio songwriter, instrumentalist, kazoo  
Columbia 81512 10-in. 1/31/1924 My doggone lazy man Clara Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, kazoo  
Columbia 81722 10-in. 4/23/1924 Don't advertise your man Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with ukulele and piano instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 26-50 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106175

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