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 51-75 of 257 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 81723 10-in. 4/23/1924 Mama's gone, goodbye Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with ukulele and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 81788 10-in. 5/21/1924 Ground hog blues Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 81789 10-in. 5/21/1924 Chattanooga Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 81802 10-in. 6/3/1924 My Jamaica George Gray ; Roscoe Wickham Male vocal duet, with ukulele lyricist  
Columbia 81848 10-in. 6/27/1924 If you hit my dog I'll kick your cat Bessie Brown ; George W. Williams Female-male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with cornet and piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 81854 10-in. 6/30/1924 Hard headed gal George W. Williams Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone and piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 140064 10-in. 9/30/1924 Freight train blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140076 10-in. 9/30/1924 Done sold my soul to the devil (and my heart's done turned to stone) Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
Columbia 140108 10-in. 10/15/1924 Death letter blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140109 10-in. 10/15/1924 Prescription for the blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
Columbia 140170 10-in. 12/12/1924 Sing Sing Prison blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with 2 clarinets and piano songwriter  
Columbia 140181 10-in. 12/16/1924 Steel drivin' Sam Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, alto saxophone, and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140182 10-in. 12/16/1924 He's mine, all mine Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, alto saxophone, and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140230 10-in. 1/8/1925 If you only knowed Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with violin and piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
Columbia 140231 10-in. 1/8/1925 You better keep the home fires burning (cause your mamma's getting cold) Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with violin and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 140396 10-in. 2/26/1925 Will you love me while you're gone? Bessie Brown ; George W. Williams Female-male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with clarinet and piano songwriter  
Columbia W140415 10-in. 3/6/1925 It's gonna be a cold, cold winter "Doc" Straine ; Edith Wilson Female-male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with piano songwriter  
Columbia W140773 10-in. 7/17/1925 Junk bucket blues Get Happy Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W140774 10-in. 7/17/1925 Harlem's Araby Get Happy Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W140945 10-in. 9/16/1925 I'm tired of bein' good Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet songwriter  
Columbia W140946 10-in. 9/16/1925 'Tain't nobody's fault but yours Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet composer, lyricist  
Columbia W141020 10-in. 9/21/1925 Let go my hand Cole Jazz Orchestra ; Sam Manning Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W141024 10-in. 9/21/1925 Puddin' papa Get Happy Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W141025 10-in. 9/21/1925 On the puppy's tail Get Happy Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W141257 10-in. 11/10/1925 The Market Street blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 51-75 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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