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Clifford Grey

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  
(Results 1-25 of 129 records)

Citation

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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