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 451-475 of 509 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||LTR232||10-in.||10/10/1929||Song of the Nile||Billy Lennon||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||LAE634||10-in.||10/19/1929||If I can’t have you (If you can’t have me)||Earl Burtnett Biltmore Trio||Male vocal trio, with guitars, piano, and harp||lyricist|
|Brunswick||DAL693||10-in.||10/19/1928||Down in the old cherry orchard||Sloane and Threadgill||Vocal duet, with guitar||lyricist|
|Brunswick||PB464-PB465||10-in.||Apr. 1928||Whisper sweet and whisper low||Jack Denny Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||1266W-1269W||10-in.||8/31/1925||Brown eyes, why are you blue?||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Brunswick||[Br (U.K.) cat 112-b]||10-in.||July 1927||Underneath the clover moon||Harry Shalson||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||[Br (U.K.) cat 112-a]||10-in.||July 1927||You went away too far (And stayed away too long)||Harry Shalson||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Edison||1115||10-in.||7/11/1912||There'll come a day||Elizabeth Spencer ; John Young||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||2928||10-in.||between 4/1/1914 and 4/6/1914||There'll come a day||Elizabeth Spencer ; John Young||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||2947||10-in.||between 4/9/1914 and 4/15/1914||I'm on my way to Mandalay||Elizabeth Spencer ; Walter Van Brunt||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||3280||10-in.||Sept. 1914||When it's night time down in Burgundy||Helen Clark ; Walter Van Brunt||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||3584||10-in.||2/15/1915||I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier||Helen Clark||Soprano vocal solo, with male vocal trio||lyricist|
|Edison||3956||10-in.||7/12/1915||Over the hills to Mary||Walter Van Brunt||Male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||5367||10-in.||2/15/1917||She's Dixie all the time||Premier Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||5561||10-in.||5/15/1917||It's time for every boy to be a soldier||Gladys Rice||Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||5583||10-in.||5/24/1917||My Yokohama girl||Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||5689||10-in.||7/17/1917||Joan of Arc, they are calling you||Vernon Dalhart||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||5791||10-in.||9/18/1917||It's a long way back to dear old Mother's knee||George Wilton Ballard||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||5944||10-in.||12/27/1917||Lorraine||Vernon Dalhart||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||6040||10-in.||Feb. 1918||Chimes of Normandy||Helen Clark||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||6061||10-in.||Mar. 1918||Sweet little buttercup||Gladys Rice||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||6105||10-in.||3/31/1918||There's a lump of sugar down in Dixie||Vernon Dalhart||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||6168||10-in.||May 1918||When Alexander takes his ragtime band to France||Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||6303||10-in.||7/23/1918||Wee, wee, Marie!||Rachael Grant ; Billy Murray||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||6904||10-in.||8/7/1919||I've made up my mind to mind a maid made up like you||Helen Clark ; Joseph A. Phillips||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bryan, Alfred," accessed June 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
Bryan, Alfred. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
"Bryan, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 June 2023.
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