Stuart Gorrell

Stuart Graham Steven Gorrell (September 17, 1901 – August 10, 1963) is best known for writing the lyrics for the song "Georgia on My Mind".

Born in Knox, Indiana, Gorrell attended Indiana University; there he became friends with fellow student Hoagy Carmichael. After hearing Carmichael play the newly composed melody at a party, Gorrell stayed up all night with Carmichael working on the song and ended up writing lyrics for it.

Gorrell became a banker and never wrote another lyric in his life.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 17th, 1901 (Knox), Died New Jersey

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-63653 10-in. 9/15/1930 Georgia (on my mind) Hoagy Carmichael ; Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor ABRC-69924 10-in. 6/10/1931 Georgia on my mind Gene and his Glorians ; Gene Kardos Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-70534 10-in. 9/23/1931 Georgia on my mind Washboard Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-70624 10-in. 11/24/1931 Georgia on my mind Mildred Bailey Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor LBSHQ-72558 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 5/9/1932 Dance medley [of] Hoagy Carmichael compositions Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with piano and male vocal solo and duet lyricist  
Victor BS-041554 10-in. 8/15/1939 Georgia on my mind Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-071765 10-in. 2/4/1942 Georgia on my mind LEVINE (Henry) and his STRICTLY FROM DIXIE JAZZ BAND Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W351051 10-in. 6/30/1931 Georgia on my mind Red McKenzie ; Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh W403896 10-in. 4/5/1930 My sweet Louis Armstrong Jazz/ dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh W405063 10-in. 11/5/1931 Georgia on my mind Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Gramophone 0LA1292 10-in. 10/15/1936 Georgia on my mind Quintet of the Hot Club of France ; Freddy Taylor Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gorrell, Stuart," accessed October 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111910.

Gorrell, Stuart. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111910.

"Gorrell, Stuart." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111910

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