Del Porter (né Delmar Smith Porter; 13 April 1902 in Newberg, Oregon – 4 October 1977 in Los Angeles) was an American jazz vocalist, saxophonist, and clarinetists who, in the 1930s, performed on Broadway, toured with Glenn Miller, and recorded with Bing Crosby, Dick Powell, and Red Nichols, and in the 1940s, led his own big band.
Porter was a singer with the Foursome, which came to prominence in the 1930 Broadway hit show, Girl Crazy. Porter, the best known member of the quartet, co-founded City Slickers with Spike Jones about the time his group split up. With the Foursome's arranger and Porter's lifelong friend, Raymond M. Johnson, Porter reorganized the quartet around 1946 as the Sweet Potato Tooters.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1902 (Newberg), Died October 4th, 1977 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1942
Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, vocalist, lyricist, composer
Notes: Listed sometimes as D. S. Porter.
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||PBS-072525||10-in.||7/28/1942||Der Fuehrer's face||City Slickers ; Carl Grayson ; Spike Jones ; Willie Spicer||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and birdaphone||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Columbia||W142771||10-in.||9/30/1926||Whose arms are you in tonight?||Cole McElroy's Spanish Ball Room Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||W146478||10-in.||6/22/1928||The sidewalks of New York||Johnnie Sylvester||Accordion solo, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||W148727||10-in.||6/21/1929||More than anybody I love you||Jim Andrews ; Willie Creager Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||W152250||10-in.||8/5/1932||Another night alone||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||W152252||10-in.||8/5/1932||I can't believe it's true||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal quartet||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1813||10-in.||7/8/1939||Bidin' my time||The Foursome||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||DLA 1814||10-in.||7/8/1939||Oh, lady be good||The Foursome||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||DLA 2730||10-in.||9/5/1941||He knew all the answers||Cindy Walker||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||DLA 2731||10-in.||9/5/1941||Waltz me around again Willie||Cindy Walker||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||DLA 2732||10-in.||9/5/1941||I want somebody||Cindy Walker||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||DLA 2733||10-in.||9/5/1941||Don't talk to me about men||Cindy Walker||instrumentalist, clarinet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Porter, Del," accessed January 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109597.
Porter, Del. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109597.
"Porter, Del." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 January 2021.
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