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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, baritone vocal

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 89 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 6884 12-in. approximately 1916 Bong Boys, two step London Repertoire Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 6885 12-in. approximately 1916 Waltz London Repertoire Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 6915 12-in. approximately 1916 Little red pub on the hill Mabel Lee ; Geo. F. Murray Vocal duet with orchestra composer  
Columbia 75296 12-in. approximately 1916 Never let your right hand know what your left hand's doing Ciro's Club Coon Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia 75379 12-in. approximately 1917 Houp la, selection, pt. 1 London Repertoire Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 75449 12-in. approximately 1917 Let the great big world keep turning; Monkey parade Ciro's Club Coon Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia 75493 12-in. approximately 1917 Bing Girls are there, selecdtion, part 1 London Revue Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 75494 12-in. approximately 1917 Bing Girls are there, selecdtion, part 2 London Revue Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 76123 12-in. approximately 1918 The Bing Boys on Broadway, selection, part 1 London Revue Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 76124 12-in. approximately 1918 The Bing Boys on Broadway, selection, part 2 London Revue Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 76125 12-in. approximately February 1918 First love, last love, best love Clara Evelyn ; George Robey Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76126 12-in. approximately February 1918 Day after day Clara Evelyn ; George Robey Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76127 12-in. approximately February 1918 Shurr-up George Robey Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76128 12-in. approximately February 1918 The fact is... George Robey Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76155 12-in. approximately 1918 Bing Boys on Broadway, vocal gems, part 1 Columbia Vocal Gem Comapny Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76156 12-in. approximately 1918 Bing Boys on Broadway, vocal gems, part 2 Columbia Vocal Gem Comapny Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76501 12-in. approximately 1919 Think of me London Dance Orchestra ; Corelli Windeatt Orchestra composer  
Columbia 76670 12-in. approximately October 1919 Baby Bunting, selection, part 1 Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 76671 12-in. approximately October 1919 Baby Bunting, selection, part 2 Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 76672 12-in. approximately 10/29/1919 If I were a boy Joyce Barbour ; Daisy Elliston ; Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra Vocal duet with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76673 12-in. approximately 10/29/1919 My home while you wait Joyce Barbour ; Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76674 12-in. approximately 10/29/1919 At the ball Walter Catlett ; Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76675 12-in. approximately 10/29/1919 Listen, baby Walter Catlett ; Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76676 12-in. approximately 10/29/1919 Married life Dorothy Brunton ; Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra ; Ronald Squire Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76677 12-in. approximately 10/29/1919 What's the matter with 59? Davy Burnaby ; Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra Male vocal solo, with orchestra and chorus composer  
(Results 51-75 of 89 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ayer, Nat D.," accessed November 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102551.

Ayer, Nat D.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102551.

"Ayer, Nat D.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 November 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102551

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