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 76-100 of 257 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W141258 10-in. 11/10/1925 It takes the Lawd (To tell what's on my mind) Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with saxophone and piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
Columbia W141259 10-in. 11/10/1925 Caught you triflin' blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W141315 10-in. 11/27/1925 Done got de blues The Harmony Hounds Male vocal ensemble, with piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
Columbia W141316 10-in. 11/27/1925 I've got a gal and she ain't no good The Harmony Hounds Male vocal ensemble, with piano composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W141480 10-in. 1/12/1926 Up north blues The Harmony Hounds Male vocal trio, with piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, leader  
Columbia W141481 10-in. 1/12/1926 That dog o'mine The Harmony Hounds Male vocal trio, with piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, leader  
Columbia W141628 10-in. 2/15/1926 I'm so glad trouble don't last alway Three Harmony Hounds Male vocal trio, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W141629 10-in. 2/15/1926 I've opened my soul to you, my Lord Three Harmony Hounds Male vocal trio, with piano songwriter  
Columbia W142546 10-in. 8/20/1926 Prescription for the blues Virgina Childs Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W142707 10-in. 9/30/1926 Tain't what you pay to get a thing Willie Jackson Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with banjo and piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
Columbia W142708 10-in. 9/30/1926 Railroad man blues Willie Jackson Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with banjo and piano instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Columbia W142709 10-in. 9/30/1926 Befo' this time another year Odette and Ethel Female vocal duet, with piano instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Columbia W142710 10-in. 9/30/1926 When the train comes along Odette and Ethel Female vocal duet, with piano instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Columbia W142744 10-in. 10/7/1926 Hold to God's unchanging hands Rev. J. C. Burnett ; Ethel Grainger ; Odette Jackson Sermon, with male vocal solo, female vocal duet, and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W142745 10-in. 10/7/1926 Christians' home Rev. J. C. Burnett ; Sisters Grainger and Jackson Male vocal solo and female vocal duet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W142800 10-in. 10/8/1926 The gospel train is leaving Rev. J. C. Burnett ; Ethel Grainger ; Odette Jackson Male vocal solo and female vocal duet, with organ instrumentalist, organ  
Columbia W142801 10-in. 10/8/1926 Jesus is going to make up your dying bed Rev. J. C. Burnett ; Ethel Grainger ; Odette Jackson Male vocal solo and female vocal duet, with organ instrumentalist, organ  
Columbia W143142 10-in. 11/23/1926 Livin' humble Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with female vocal duet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W143143 10-in. 11/23/1926 Get on board Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with female vocal duet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W143155 10-in. 11/29/1926 Cheatin' daddy Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone and piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
Columbia W143156 10-in. 11/29/1926 Deep down in my soul Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone and piano composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W143204 10-in. 12/21/1926 Fortune teller blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W143481 10-in. 2/16/1927 Mine's just as good as yours Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144097 10-in. 5/5/1927 Dyin' crap-shooter's blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144098 10-in. 5/5/1927 Mister brakes-man (Let me ride your train) Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
(Results 76-100 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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