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 September 15, 1871 (Brantford), Died April 1, 1958 (Gladstone)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer

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Recordings (Results 501-513 of 513 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 18628 10-in. 7/23/1928 My window of dreams Paul Largay Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 19079 10-in. 3/6/1929 I'll be a pal to your boy (If you'll be a pal to mine) Bob Pierce Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 19093 10-in. 3/12/1929 Yo te amo (Means I love you) The Rollickers [Edison] Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 19252 10-in. 6/14/1929 My song of the Nile Phil Dewey Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison N-339 10-in. 7/23/1928 My window of dreams Paul Largay Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison N-770 10-in. 3/6/1929 I'll be a pal to your boy (If you'll be a pal to mine) Bob Pierce Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison N-784 10-in. 3/12/1929 Yo te amo (Means I love you) The Rollickers [Edison] Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison N-957 10-in. 6/14/1929 My song of the Nile Phil Dewey Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Leeds & Catlin 9591 10-in. between late 1908 and early 1909 Rainbow Henry Burr ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cat 207] 10-in. between late 1908 and early 1909 When I marry you Byron G. Harlan Male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia (U.K.) WA2820 10-in. between approximately January 30th 1926 and March 8th 1926 Brown eyes, why are you blue? Layton and Johnstone Male vocal duet, with piano songwriter  
Columbia (U.K.) WA7508 10-in. between approximately May 18th 1928 and July 11th 1928 Virginia (there's a blue ridge in my heart) Ted Shapiro ; Ted Shapiro Orchestra ; Sophie Tucker Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Columbia (U.K.) WL892 10-in. 2/13/1928 Blue river Clément Doucet ; Jean Wiener Piano duet songwriter  
(Results 501-513 of 513 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bryan, Alfred," accessed March 4, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.

Bryan, Alfred. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 4, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.

"Bryan, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 4 March 2024.

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