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 326-350 of 509 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W147921 10-in. 2/4/1929 Yo te amo means I love you The Columbians [Selvin's Orchestra] ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 148608 10-in. 5/21/1929 Broadway baby dolls George Kay ; Original Indiana Five ; Tom Morton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with jazz/dance quintet and male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W148666 10-in. 6/7/1929 My heart is bluer than your eyes (Cherie) Pete Woolery Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia [W]148746 10-in. 6/24/1929 My song of the Nile Jack Miller ; The New Englanders Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Columbia 148757 10-in. 6/26/1929 My song of the Nile The Harmonians [Selvin's Orchestra] ; Tommy Weir Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W148789 10-in. 7/5/1929 My song of the Nile Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W148919 10-in. 8/23/1929 My song of the Nile Maurice J. Gunsky Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia W148921 10-in. 8/23/1929 Somebody mighty like you Larry Siry and his Hotel Ambassador Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 149010 10-in. 9/17/1929 Miss Wonderful Harmonians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 149023 10-in. 9/19/1929 Somebody mighty like you The Harmonians [Selvin's Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W149031 10-in. 9/22/1929 Just an hour of love Rube Bloom ; Irene Bordoni Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W149032 10-in. 9/22/1929 My lover (Master of my heart) Rube Bloom ; Irene Bordoni Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W149033 10-in. 9/22/1929 I wonder what is really on his mind Rube Bloom ; Irene Bordoni Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 149046 10-in. 9/24/1929 Things we want the most are hard to get Golden Gate Orchestra [California Ramblers] ; Irving Kaufman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia 149060 10-in. 9/27/1929 Someone Lou Gold Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 149126 10-in. 10/10/1929 If I can't have you (If you can't have me) Barney Trimble and his Oklahomans [Selvin's Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W149160 10-in. 10/18/1929 If I can't have you (If you can't have me) Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Columbia W150994 10-in. 12/2/1930 Twenty Swedes ran through the weeds (Chasing one Norwegian) California Ramblers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Columbia W151155 10-in. 12/17/1930 Lonesome lover Campus Boys ; Ted Wallace Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio lyricist  
Columbia [W]151184 10-in. 1/7/1931 Lonesome lover Tom Frawley ; Lloyd Keating and his Music [Fred Rich Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W151205 10-in. 1/14/1931 When you were the blossom of Buttercup Lane and I was your little boy blue Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia [W]151598 10-in. 6/12/1931 Rock me in a cradle of Kalua Frank Ferera's Hawaiian Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W151714 10-in. 8/10/1931 Give me your affection, honey Paul Tremaine Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W152462 10-in. 8/21/1933 We won't have to sell the farm Ben Bernie and All the Lads Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and whistling lyricist  
Columbia W152539 10-in. 10/27/1933 Puddin' Head Jones Fran Frey and his Orchestra [Selvin's Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 326-350 of 509 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bryan, Alfred," accessed January 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.

Bryan, Alfred. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.

"Bryan, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 January 2023.

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