Clifford Grey (5 January 1887 – 25 September 1941) was an English songwriter, librettist, actor and screenwriter. His birth name was Percival Davis, and he was also known as Clifford Gray.
Grey contributed prolifically to West End and Broadway shows, as librettist and lyricist for composers including Ivor Novello, Jerome Kern, Howard Talbot, Ivan Caryll and George Gershwin. Among his best-remembered songs are two from early in his career, in 1916: "If You Were the Only Girl (In the World)" and "Another Little Drink Wouldn't Do Us Any Harm". His later hits include "Got a Date with an Angel" and "Spread a Little Happiness".
For 35 years after 1979 it was widely believed that Grey secretly competed as an American bobsleigher, under the name Clifford "Tippy" Gray, in two Winter Olympics, in 1928 and 1932, winning gold medals, but it was finally shown that the sportsman was a different person.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 5th, 1887 (Birmingham), Died September 25th, 1941 (Ipswich)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 129 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-23507||10-in.||12/1/1919||Thoughts of you||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with piano and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-27017||10-in.||10/10/1922||Some day you will miss me||Sophie Braslau||Contralto vocal solo, with violin, harp, and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-27320||12-in.||12/15/1922||Gems from Sally||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-28602||10-in.||9/24/1923||Where the rainbow ends||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34022||10-in.||12/6/1925||If you were the only girl||Herbert Berger ; Coronado Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-36374||10-in.||9/30/1926||Lilies of Lorraine||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38347||10-in.||4/14/1927||Hallelujah!||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38489||10-in.||4/25/1927||Hallelujah!||The Revelers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38842||10-in.||5/26/1927||Stop, go||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38843||10-in.||5/26/1927||Something to tell||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-43144||10-in.||3/14/1928||Ma belle||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-43148||10-in.||3/16/1928||March of the musketeers||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-47798||10-in.||10/30/1928||Will you remember? Will you forget?||Arden-Ohman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-49047||10-in.||1/10/1929||Mine alone||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet (takes 1-3); with male vocal solo (takes 4-6)||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-49047||12-in.||1/7/1929||Mine alone||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||PBVE-54560||10-in.||1/19/1930||Dream lover||Jeanette MacDonald||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||PBVE-54687||10-in.||3/12/1930||Montana call||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal chorus||lyricist|
|Victor||PBVE-54838||10-in.||6/18/1930||Nadie lo quiere creer||José Bohr||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57138||10-in.||11/6/1929||If you were the only girl||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57186||10-in.||12/3/1929||My love parade||High Hatters ; Leonard W. Joy ; Frank Luther||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57187||10-in.||12/3/1929||Nobody's using it now||High Hatters ; Leonard W. Joy ; Frank Luther||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57560||10-in.||11/29/1929||Charming||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57561||10-in.||11/29/1929||Shepherd's serenade||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57563||10-in.||11/29/1929||When I'm looking at you||Don Howard ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57580||10-in.||12/5/1929||Dream lover||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Grey, Clifford," accessed November 30, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108896.
Grey, Clifford. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108896.
"Grey, Clifford." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 30 November 2020.
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