Alfred Bryan

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 276-300 of 509 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W140974 10-in. 9/16/1925 Brown eyes, why are you blue? Nubs Allen Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Columbia 141039 10-in. 9/23/1925 Brown eyes—why are you blue? Billy West Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia W141131 10-in. 10/9/1925 Brown eyes, why are you blue? Lewis James Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 141400 10-in. 12/16/1925 Don't be afraid to come home Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia W141521 10-in. 1/19/1926 Don't be afraid to come home Franklyn Baur Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia W141686 10-in. 2/17/1926 Love me and I'll live forever Tom Burke Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 141718 10-in. 2/24/1926 Come back, Marguerite The Record Boys Male vocal duet, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W141947 10-in. 4/12/1926 For heaven's sake Frank Harris ; Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 141981 10-in. 4/19/1926 Blue bonnet, you make me feel blue Irving Kaufman ; Manhattan Dance Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W142134 10-in. 5/3/1926 Blue bonnet—you make me feel blue Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia W142199 10-in. 5/12/1926 (There's a blue ridge in my heart) Virginia Johnny Marvin Male vocal solo, with ukulele songwriter  
Columbia 142239 10-in. 5/24/1926 Iyone—my own Iyone Night Club Orchestra ; Tom Stacks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W142273 10-in. 6/2/1926 Iyone—my own Iyone Frank Ferera ; Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band, with steel guitar and male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W142409 10-in. 7/9/1926 Her beaus are only rainbows Paul Ash Orchestra ; Milton Watson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W142419 10-in. 7/12/1926 Her beaus are only rainbows Ruth Etting Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W143276 10-in. 1/9/1927 Silver song bird Charles Kaley ; Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 143321 10-in. 1/19/1927 You went away too far (And stayed away too long) Jimmy Flynn ; Manhattan Dance Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 143369 10-in. 1/31/1927 There's everything nice about you The Westerners ; Jack Wilson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W143740 10-in. 4/1/1927 You went away too far and stayed away too long Charles Kaley Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio lyricist  
Columbia 143742 10-in. 4/5/1927 Red lips, kiss my blues away Irving Kaufman ; Lou Gold Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W143792 10-in. 3/28/1927 There's everything nice about you Peabody Trio ; The Seven Aces Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio lyricist  
Columbia W144016 10-in. 4/10/1927 Red lips—kiss my blues away Don Howard ; Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Harry Maxfield Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet lyricist  
Columbia W144020 10-in. 4/12/1927 Red lips—kiss my blues away Billy Day Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 144040 10-in. 4/18/1927 Red lips, kiss my blues away Honey Duke and his Uke Male vocal solo, with clarinet, guitar, and ukulele lyricist  
Columbia W144347 10-in. 6/17/1927 You went away too far (And stayed away too long) Bessie Coldiron Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
(Results 276-300 of 509 records)

Citation

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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