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 101-125 of 257 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W144249 10-in. 6/1/1927 That's why the undertakers are busy today Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone and piano instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144490 10-in. 7/22/1927 Police blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W144491 10-in. 7/22/1927 Skeleton key blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W144538 10-in. 8/9/1927 Hobo Bill Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with banjo and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W144539 10-in. 8/9/1927 Nobody rocks me like my baby do Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with banjo and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W144796 10-in. 9/27/1927 Mean old bed bug blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W144797 10-in. 9/27/1927 A good man is hard to find Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W144800 10-in. 9/28/1927 Homeless blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone and piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
Columbia W144801 10-in. 9/28/1927 Lookin' for my man blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone solo and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W144852 10-in. 10/13/1927 Shootin' star blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
Columbia W144853 10-in. 10/13/1927 Good time mama blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145236 10-in. 11/26/1927 He's gone home Porter Grainger Male vocal solo, with piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, lyricist  
Columbia W145238 10-in. 11/26/1927 I wonders what this new year's gonna bring to me Porter Grainger Male vocal solo, with piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, lyricist  
Columbia W145275 10-in. 12/6/1927 Wylie Avenue blues Martha Copeland and her Smokey City Trio Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Columbia W145276 10-in. 12/6/1927 Everybody does it now Martha Copeland and her Smokey City Trio Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145478 10-in. 1/6/1928 Bank failure blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145479 10-in. 1/6/1928 Second-hand daddy Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145560 10-in. 1/21/1928 Kansas City blues Willie Jackson Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145561 10-in. 1/21/1928 T. B. blues Willie Jackson Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145650 10-in. 2/16/1928 I'd rather be dead and buried in my grave Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with 2 clarinets and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145651 10-in. 2/16/1928 Hit me in the nose blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with 2 clarinets and piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Columbia W145783 10-in. 3/19/1928 Spider man blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, alto saxophone, and piano songwriter, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145784 10-in. 3/19/1928 Tombstone blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, alto saxophone, and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145785 10-in. 3/20/1928 Empty bed blues Porter Grainger ; Charlie Green ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with trombone and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145786 10-in. 3/20/1928 Empty bed blues Porter Grainger ; Charlie Green ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with trombone and piano instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 101-125 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106175

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