Earl GrantEarl was born in 1931 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. Earl signed with Decca Records in 1957 and his first single "The End" reached number seven 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", 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. In all, Grant recorded 30 albums for Decca, mostly on the Brunswick label, a subsidiary of Decca.
Grant also made a few appearances in films and on television. Grant sang 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.