Alfred Bryan (September 15, 1871 – April 1, 1958) was a Canadian lyricist.
Bryan was born in Brantford, Ontario. He worked as an arranger in New York and wrote lyrics for many Broadway shows in the late 1910s and early 1920s. In the 1920s he moved to Hollywood to write lyrics for screen musicals.
Bryan worked with several composers during his career. Among his collaborators were Henriette Blanke-Belcher, Fred Fischer, Al Sherman, Larry Stock and Joe McCarthy. Perhaps his most successful song was "I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier" (1915), with music by Al Piantadosi. The song sold 650,000 copies during the first three months and became one of 1915's top-selling songs in the United States. Although Bryan himself was not a committed pacifist, he described the American public's anti-war sentiments in his lyrics.
He died in Gladstone, New Jersey, aged 86.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1871 (Brantford), Died 1958 (Gladstone)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer
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Recordings (Results 251-275 of 509 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||77489||10-in.||11/5/1917||Chimes of Normandy||Robert Lewis||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||77545||10-in.||12/3/1917||Sweet little buttercup||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||77603||10-in.||12/27/1917||There's a lump of sugar down in Dixie||Al Jolson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||77608||10-in.||1/4/1918||Lorraine||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||77752||10-in.||4/3/1918||When Alexander takes his band to France||Bob White [i.e., Vernon Dalhart]||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||77783||10-in.||4/22/1918||They were all out of step but Jim||Mike Bernard||Piano solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||77787||10-in.||4/24/1918||Girls of France||Hugh Donovan||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||77837||10-in.||5/19/1918||Cheer up, Father, cheer up, Mother||Arthur Hall||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||77919||10-in.||6/24/1918||Cheer up Father, cheer up Mother||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||77949||10-in.||7/11/1918||Oui, oui, Marie||Harry Fox||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||77993||10-in.||8/14/1918||Oui, oui, Marie||Irving Kaufman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78193||10-in.||12/6/1918||On the road to Calais||Al Jolson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78404||10-in.||4/19/1919||Monte Cristo Jr. medley||Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||78446||10-in.||5/23/1919||I'm goin' to break that Mason-Dixon line||Harry Fox||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78583||10-in.||7/21/1919||I'm forever blowing bubbles||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell ; Columbia Saxophone Quartette||Saxophone quartet, with male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Columbia||78987||10-in.||2/20/1920||Only a dream of the past||Jack Kaufman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||79423||10-in.||9/17/1920||I could have had you (but I let you get by)||Art Hickman's Orchestra ; Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Columbia||79536||10-in.||11/24/1920||Love nights||Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||80130||10-in.||1/9/1922||Feather-bed Lane||Billy Jones||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||80381||10-in.||6/9/1922||By the riverside||Frank Crumit||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||30278||12-in.||7/19/1909||My wild deer||Rambler Minstrel Company||Minstrels, with orchestra ("My wild deer"); vocal quartet ("I wish I was in heaven sittin' down")||lyricist|
|Columbia||49565||12-in.||12/31/1918||Madelon (I'll be true to the whole regiment)||Columbia Band ; Peerless Quartet||Band, with male vocal quartet||lyricist|
|Columbia||W140641||10-in.||6/1/1925||Row, row, Rosie!||Eddie Cantor||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||W140737||10-in.||6/30/1925||Row, row, Rosie!||Gangplank Orchestra ; Earl Gresh||Jazz/dance band, with vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Columbia||140815||10-in.||8/6/1925||Row, row, Rosie||Arthur Fields ; Manhattan Dance Makers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bryan, Alfred," accessed February 2, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
Bryan, Alfred. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 2, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
"Bryan, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 February 2023.
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