Earl Grant (January 20, 1931 – June 10, 1970) was an American pianist, organist, and vocalist popular in the 1950s and 1960s.
Grant was born in Idabel, Oklahoma. Though he would be known later for his keyboards and vocals, Grant also played trumpet and drums. Grant attended four music schools, eventually becoming a music teacher. He augmented his income by performing in clubs during his army service, throughout which he was stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas. Grant signed with Decca Records in 1957 and his first single "The End" reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album Ebb Tide (And Other Instrumental Favorites) sold over one million copies, gaining gold disc status. He recorded six more singles that made the charts, including "Swingin' Gently" (from Beyond the Reef), and six additional albums (on the Decca label) through 1968. He also recorded the album Yes Sirree! and the instrumental album Trade Winds, single-tracked on the Hammond organ and piano, featuring the love theme from the film El Cid and Chaplin's "Eternally". This album featured some realistic-sounding "tropical bird calls" produced by his electric organ. "House of Bamboo" was another big-selling single. Grant recorded 30 albums for Decca, mostly on the Brunswick label, a subsidiary of Decca.
Grant sang the title theme for the 1959 film Imitation of Life.
He died instantly in a car accident in Lordsburg, New Mexico, at the age of 39 when the car he was driving ran off Interstate 10. He was driving from Los Angeles to an intended destination in Juarez, Mexico, for an appearance at the La Fiesta nightclub. His cousin's 17-year-old son, Roosevelt Wilson Jr., also was killed in the accident.
- The Versatile Earl Grant (Decca DL-8672, 1958)
- The End (Decca DL-8830, 1958)
- Midnight Earl (Decca DL-9201, 1958)
- Grant Takes Rhythm (Decca DL-8905, 1959)
- Nothin' But The Blues (Decca DL-8916, 1959)
- Paris Is My Beat (Decca DL-8935, 1959)
- The Magic of Earl Grant (Decca DL-74044, 1960)
- Ebb Tide (And Other Instrumental Favorites) (Decca DL-74165, 1961)
- Earl After Dark (Decca DL-74188, 1961)
- Beyond The Reef (And Other Instrumental Favorites) (Decca DL-74231, 1962)
- At Basin Street East (Decca DL-74299, 1962)
- Midnight Sun (Decca DL-74338, 1962)
- Yes Sirree! (Decca DL-74405, 1963)
- Fly Me To The Moon (Decca DL-74454, 1963)
- Just For A Thrill (Decca DL-74506, 1964)
- Just One More Time (And Other Instrumental Favorites) (Decca DL-74576, 1964)
- Trade Winds (Decca DL-74623, 1965)
- Spotlight on Earl Grant (Decca DL-74624, 1965)
- Winter Wonderland (Decca DL-74677, 1965)
- Sings and Plays Songs Made Famous By Nat Cole (Decca DL-74729, 1966)
- Stand By Me (Decca DL-74738, 1966)
- Bali Ha'i (Decca DL-74806, 1966)
- A Closer Walk With Thee (Decca DL-74811, 1966)
- Earl Grant's Greatest Hits (Decca DL-74813, 1967)
- Gently Swingin' (Decca DL-74937, 1968)
- Spanish Eyes (Decca DL-74974, 1968)
- In Motion! (Decca DL-75052, 1968)
- This Magic Moment (Decca DL-75108, 1969)
- A Time For Us (Decca DL-75158, 1969)
|1961||Ebb Tide (And Other Instrumental Favorites)||7|
|1962||At Basin Street East||92|
|Beyond The Reef (And Other Instrumental Favorites)||17|
|1964||Just for a Thrill||149|
|Fly Me to the Moon||139|
|1960||"House of Bamboo"||88||—|
|"Sweet Sixteen Bars"||55||9|
|1965||"Stand by Me"||75||—|
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 135. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- "Earl Grant Killed in Auto Crash". The News and Courier. June 11, 1970. p. 13A. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
- Earl Grant Winter Wonderland LP liner notes. MCA-15001, 1965
- The New York Times, June 11, 1970 – Earl Grant, a Popular Organist And Record Star, Dies in Crash
- Library of Congress – JUKE BOX RHYTHM
- TV.com – It Takes A Thief Season 2 Episode 19
- TV.com – The Ed Sullivan Show Season 12 Episode 45
- "Auto Accident Kills Earl, Grant, Organist-Singer". Meriden Journal. Meridan-Southington, Connecticut. June 11, 1970. p. 10. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
- Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
Michel Ruppli, The Decca labels: A discography (Greenwood Press, 1996)
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