Nat D. Ayer
Nathaniel Davis Ayer (August 5, 1887 – September 19, 1952), usually billed as Nat D. Ayer, was an American composer, pianist, singer and actor. He made most of his career composing and performing in England in Edwardian musical comedy and revue. He also contributed songs to Broadway shows, including some of the Ziegfeld Follies.
Ayer's most successful shows were the World War I hits The Bing Boys Are Here (1916) and Yes, Uncle (1917). His best-known Broadway song was "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" (1911). Of his many songs composed for London shows, his most famous is probably "If You Were the Only Girl In the World" (1916). After the war, he had less success and was declared bankrupt in 1938.
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Birth and Death Data: Born August 5, 1887 (Boston), Died September 19, 1952
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1909 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, baritone vocal, lyricist
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 105 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-6966||10-in.||4/6/1909||The boogie boo||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-8134||10-in.||8/9/1909||Dixie Land, I love you||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-8135||10-in.||8/9/1909||Can't you see I love you||Ada Jones ; Billy Murray||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-9514||10-in.||10/5/1910||King Chanticleer||Ed Morton||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-9524||10-in.||10/7/1910||The man in the silvery moon||Helen Clark ; Haydn Quartet||Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-11047||10-in.||10/2/1911||Oh, you beautiful doll||American Quartet ; Billy Murray||Male vocal quartet and vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-11305||10-in.||11/24/1911||If you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-11586||10-in.||2/12/1912||Gee! But I like music with my meals||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-11612||10-in.||2/26/1912||Oh, you beautiful doll||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-11835||10-in.||4/9/1912||King Chanticleer||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-11902||10-in.||4/22/1912||Daddy||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-12051||10-in.||5/28/1912||You're my baby||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-12114||10-in.||6/18/1912||Mysterious moon||American Quartet ; Edna Brown||Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-12754||10-in.||12/31/1912||There's no place like home (When there's no place else to go)||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13839||10-in.||9/22/1913||That ragtime suffragette||Nat M. Wills||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13950||10-in.||10/10/1913||At the midnight masquerade||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-14636||10-in.||3/26/1914||Everybody loves my girl||Billy Watkins||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-28602||10-in.||9/24/1923||Where the rainbow ends||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-28603||10-in.||9/24/1923||Somewhere in the world||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with violin, piano, and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-29800||10-in.||3/24/1924||Somewhere in the world||Phil Spitalny Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-29983||10-in.||5/9/1924||Where the rainbow ends||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34022||10-in.||12/6/1925||If you were the only girl||Herbert Berger ; Coronado Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34353||10-in.||1/22/1926||Oh, how I've waited for you||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57138||10-in.||11/6/1929||If you were the only girl||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||4170||10-in.||ca. 1909||Moving day in Jungle Town||Columbia Quartette||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ayer, Nat D.," accessed June 7, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102551.
Ayer, Nat D.. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 7, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102551.
"Ayer, Nat D.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 7 June 2023.
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Wikipedia: Nat Ayer
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LCNAR: Ayer, Nat D., 1887-1952 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n79113554
Wikidata: Nat Ayer - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q3336284
MusicBrainz: Nat D. Ayer - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/ce48e85a-4c5e-4131-b368-689e3eec30a1
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