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 501-509 of 509 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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.) WL892 10-in. 2/13/1928 Blue river Clément Doucet ; Jean Wiener Piano duet songwriter  
(Results 501-509 of 509 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bryan, Alfred," accessed December 8, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.

Bryan, Alfred. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 8, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.

"Bryan, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 8 December 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828

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