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|
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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