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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 76-89 of 89 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 76678 12-in. approximately 10/29/1919 Green grass grew all round Dorothy Brunton ; Davy Burnaby ; Walter Catlett ; Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra ; Ronald Squire Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76679 12-in. approximately 10/29/1919 Supposing Dorothy Brunton ; Walter Catlett ; Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76680 12-in. approximately 10/29/1919 Bless the girls Frank Attree ; Walter Catlett ; Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra ; Ronald Squire Male vocal trio, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76681 12-in. approximately 10/29/1919 Tally ho! Davy Burnaby ; Walter Catlett ; Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76682 12-in. approximately 10/30/1919 Cricket in November Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra ; Ronald Squire Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76683 12-in. approximately 10/30/1919 If you love me Daisy Elliston ; Gleesome Singers ; Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra ; Ronald Squire Vocal duet with orchestra and chorus composer  
Columbia 76684 12-in. approximately 10/30/1919 I wonder why Daisy Elliston ; Gleesome Singers ; Jacques Greebe ; Shaftesbury Theatre Orchestra Vocal duet with orchestra and chorus composer  
OKeh W403248 10-in. 11/11/1929 If you were the only girl Ed Kirkeby Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Brunswick 12320-12321 10-in. 1/17/1924 Somewhere in the world Theo Karle Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick 13889-13890 10-in. 10/7/1924 Where the rainbow ends Allen McQuhae Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 4299 10-in. 11/29/1915 Down yonder in Normandy Delos Becker Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 6465 10-in. between 11/12/1918 and 11/27/1918 Indian moon Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 9284 10-in. 12/12/1923 Somewhere in the world Harvey Hindermyer Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 10795 10-in. 1/27/1926 Oh, how I've waited for you Arthur Hall ; Tennessee Happy Boys Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
(Results 76-89 of 89 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ayer, Nat D.," accessed December 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102551.

Ayer, Nat D.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102551.

"Ayer, Nat D.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 December 2021.

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

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