Ted Grouya

Ted Grouya (31 July 1910 – 14 April 2000) born Theodor Grouya in Bucharest, Romania, was a composer who studied composition with Nadia Boulanger. He wrote the jazz standard "Flamingo" (1940), first recorded by Herb Jeffries and Duke Ellington, and later recorded by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass for their album S.R.O. (1966).

Grouya also wrote the music for the film version of Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (1944) and other films. In 1949 he married American actress Mary Meade.

A one time resident of Palm Springs, California, Grouya had a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedicated to him in 1995.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 31st, 1910, Died April 14th, 2000

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-053781 10-in. 12/28/1940 Flamingo Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-061197 10-in. 4/24/1941 Flamingo Freddy Martin Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-065673 10-in. 6/2/1941 I'm misunderstood Jean Sablon Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-067905 10-in. 9/17/1941 Flamingo Herman Chittison Piano solo composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Grouya, Ted," accessed September 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107774.

Grouya, Ted. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107774.

"Grouya, Ted." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 September 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107774


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