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.
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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 351-375 of 509 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W152696||10-in.||1/24/1934||It's an old-fashioned world after all||Bob Bunch ; Enric Madriguera Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W351076||10-in.||7/21/1931||Give me your affection, honey||Frank Auburn and his Orchestra [Selvin's Orchestra] ; Robert Wood [Scrappy Lambert]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||131||10-in.||ca. May 1918||Chimes of Normandy||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||137||10-in.||ca. May 1918||Cleopatra||Arthur Collins||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||289||10-in.||ca. Aug. 1918||Cheer up Father, cheer up Mother||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||341||10-in.||ca. Sept. 1918||Big Chief Kill-A-Hun||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-7263||10-in.||Feb. 1920||Song of Omar||Harry Raderman's Jazz Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7269||10-in.||Feb. 1920||The hen and the cow||Billy Murray ; Rega Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-7363||10-in.||Mar. 1920||Hiawatha's melody of love||Charles Hart ; Elliott Shaw||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-7627||10-in.||Oct. 1920||Beautiful Annabell Lee||Charles Hart ; Elliott Shaw||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||9784||10-in.||6/24/1926||Blue bonnet||Lloyd Turner ; Villa Venice Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-73494||10-in.||7/2/1925||Row, row, Rosie!||Arkansaw Travellers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-73498||10-in.||July 1925||Row! Row! Rosie||The Bow-Wows ; Billy Jones ; Joe Ross ; Joe Samuels||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|OKeh||73626||10-in.||9/17/1925||Some other bird whistled a tune||Billy Jones ; The Red Hotters||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||73745||10-in.||Nov. 1925||Brown eyes, why are you blue?||Justin Ring Trio ; Bruce Wallace||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||lyricist|
|OKeh||73961||10-in.||Jan. 1926||Where the huckleberries grow||Earl Rickard||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet||lyricist|
|OKeh||74007||10-in.||Feb. 1926||Don't be afraid to come home||Bruce Wallace||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||lyricist|
|OKeh||74244||10-in.||Aug. 1926||(There's a Blue Ridge in my heart) Virginia||Eva Taylor||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|OKeh||W80273||10-in.||12/30/1926||(I meet her in the moonlight but) She keeps me in the dark||The Goofus Five||Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W80275||10-in.||1/3/1927||Usen't you used to be my sweetie?||Ted Wallace and his Orchestra [Ed Kirkeby Orchestra]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W80333||10-in.||1/25/1927||You went away too far (And stayed away too long)||Russell Douglas||Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano||lyricist|
|OKeh||W80414||10-in.||2/11/1927||There's something nice about everyone (But there's everything nice about you)||Frank Dailey ; Meadowbrook Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W80415||10-in.||2/11/1927||You went away too far (And stayed away too long)||Frank Dailey ; Meadowbrook Orchestra ; Noel Taylor||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W80668||10-in.||3/23/1927||There's something nice about everyone (But there's everything nice about you)||Gerald Macy ; Ed Smalle||Male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|OKeh||W80699||10-in.||4/6/1927||Red lips, kiss my blues away!||Markel's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bryan, Alfred," accessed March 26, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
Bryan, Alfred. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 26, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
"Bryan, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 26 March 2023.
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