Del Porter

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 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, vocalist, lyricist, composer, songwriter, arranger

Notes: Listed sometimes as D. S. Porter.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 29 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-061517 10-in. 8/8/1941 Red wing City Slickers ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-061518 10-in. 8/8/1941 Barstool cowboy from old Barstow City Slickers ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-061519 10-in. 8/8/1941 Behind those swinging doors City Slickers ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-061520 10-in. 8/8/1941 The covered wagon rolled right along City Slickers ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-072020 10-in. 1/12/1942 The wild, wild women (are making a wild man of me) City Slickers ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-072021 10-in. 1/12/1942 Clink, clink, another drink Mel Blanc ; Boys in the Back Room ; City Slickers ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, male vocal ensemble, and hiccups vocalist, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-072022 10-in. 1/12/1942 Beautiful eggs City Slickers ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-072023 10-in. 1/12/1942 Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag (and smile, smile, smile) City Slickers ; Spike Jones Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-072236 10-in. 4/7/1942 Siam City Slickers ; Carl Grayson ; King Jackson ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solos and trio instrumentalist, clarinet, vocalist, composer  
Victor PBS-072237 10-in. 4/7/1942 Little Bo-Peep has lost her jeep City Slickers ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter ; Willie Spicer Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and "Collidophone" instrumentalist, clarinet, vocalist  
Victor PBS-072238 10-in. 4/7/1942 Come, Josephine, in my flying machine Boys in the Back Room ; City Slickers ; King Jackson ; Spike Jones Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-072239 10-in. 4/7/1942 Pass the biscuits, Mirandy City Slickers ; Del Porter Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, lyricist, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-072524 10-in. 7/28/1942 Hotcha cornia (Black eyes) City Slickers ; Spike Jones ; Willie Spicer Jazz/dance band, with sneezaphone (sound effects) instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
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 (sound effects) instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-072526 10-in. 7/28/1942 Oh! By jingo! (Oh! By gee! By gosh, by gum, by juv) Boys in the Back Room ; City Slickers ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter ; Willie Spicer Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, male vocal ensemble, and anvilaphone (sound effects) instrumentalist, clarinet, vocalist  
Victor PBS-072527 10-in. 7/28/1942 The sheik of Araby City Slickers ; Carl Grayson ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter ; Willie Spicer Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet and hiccuphone (sound effects) instrumentalist, clarinet, vocalist  
Victor PBS-072528 10-in. 7/28/1942 I wanna go back to West Virginia Boys in the Back Room ; City Slickers ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter ; Willie Spicer Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, male vocal ensemble, and trainaphone (sound effects) instrumentalist, clarinet, vocalist  
Victor D9VB-0704 10-in. 8/9/1949 Lucky leather breeches Spade Cooley ; Roy Rogers ; Spade Cooley Orchestra String band, with dance calls songwriter  
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 composer, lyricist  
Columbia W146478 10-in. 6/22/1928 The sidewalks of New York Johnnie Sylvester Accordion solo, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia 148727 10-in. 6/21/1929 More than anybody I love you Jim Andrews ; Willie Creager Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
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  
(Results 1-25 of 29 records)

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Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Porter, Del," accessed November 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109597.

Porter, Del. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109597.

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