| Earl Grant|| Organist|
| June 10, 1970, Lordsburg, New Mexico, United States|
Grant Takes Rhythm, Paris Is My Beat
Lenny Dee, Frank Chacksfield, Enoch Light, Cyril Stapleton, Nelson Riddle
Earl Grant Wikipedia
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 single "Ebb Tide" sold over one million copies, gaining gold disc status. He recorded five more singles that made the charts, including "Swingin' Gently" (from Beyond the Reef), and six additional albums (mostly 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. In all, Grant recorded 30 albums for Decca.
Several of his albums featured tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson.
Grant also made a few appearances in film and television, including Tender Is the Night (1962), Juke Box Rhythm (1959), and The Ed Sullivan Show (1961).
Grant sings the title theme for the 1959 film Imitation of Life in a way very close to an imitation of Nat King Cole
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. His 17-year-old cousin was also killed in the accident.Versatile Earl Grant (Decca Records) 1958
The End (Decca Records) 1958
Grant Takes Rhythm (Decca Records) 1959
Nothin' But the Blues (Decca Records) 1959
Paris Is My Beat (Decca Records) 1959
The Magic of Earl Grant (Decca Records) 1960
Ebb Tide (Decca Records) 1961
Earl After Dark (Decca Records) 1961
Beyond The Reef (Decca Records) 1962
At Basin Street East (Decca Records) live 1962
Midnight Sun (Decca Records) 1962
Yes Sirree! (Decca Records) 1963
Fly Me to The Moon (Decca Records DL 4454) 1963
Just for a Thrill (Decca Records) 1964
Just One More Time (Decca Records) 1964
Trade Winds (Decca Records) 1965
Spotlight on Earl Grant (Decca Records) 1965
Winter Wonderland (Decca Records) 1965
Sings and Plays Songs Made Famous by Nat Cole (Decca Records) 1966
Stand by Me (Decca Records) 1966
Bali Ha'i (Decca Records) 1966
A Closer Walk with Thee (Decca Records) 1966
Earl Grant's Greatest Hits (Decca Records DL-74813 Stereo) 1967
Gently Swingin' (Decca Records) 1968
Spanish Eyes (Decca Records) 1968
In Motion (Decca Records) 1968
This Magic Moment (Decca Records) 1969
Earl Grant (Decca Records) 1970
The songs on this album were recorded days before his death, with arrangements by Bill Holman and Don Peake.