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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.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 5th, 1887 (Boston), Died September 19th, 1952

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1909 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 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  
(Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ayer, Nat D.," accessed August 12, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102551.

Ayer, Nat D.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 12, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102551.

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