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 51-75 of 509 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-8407 10-in. 11/30/1909 I'd rather say hello than say good-bye Hamilton Hill Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-9323 10-in. 7/25/1910 I won't be back 'till August Ed Morton Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-9664 10-in. 11/21/1910 Winter "That Girl" Quartet Female vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-9666 10-in. 11/21/1910 That's the fellow I want to get Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-9667 10-in. 11/21/1910 You never miss the water till the well runs dry Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-9669 10-in. 11/22/1910 Come, Josephine in my flying machine American Quartet ; Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor B-9707 10-in. 12/13/1910 Winter Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-9735 10-in. 12/22/1910 Come, Josephine in my flying machine Blanche Ring Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-10147 10-in. 4/5/1911 That was before I met you Walter Van Brunt Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-10192 10-in. 4/18/1911 Dublin daisies Gene Greene Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-10370 10-in. 5/23/1911 I like the hat, I like the dress, and I like the girl that's in it Byron G. Harlan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-10947 10-in. 9/11/1911 Make me love you like I never loved before "That Girl" Quartet Female vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-11542 10-in. 2/1/1912 I live uptown Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-11566 10-in. 2/5/1912 Bring back my golden dreams Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-11808 10-in. 4/1/1912 When you're married Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-11949 10-in. 4/30/1912 Whistle it Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-12111 10-in. 6/17/1912 You may be Irish, Murphy, but I think that you're in Dutch Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-12880 10-in. 2/6/1913 Always take a girl named Daisy ('Cause daisies won't tell) Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-12905 10-in. 2/12/1913 When I waltz with you Helen Clark Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-13628 10-in. 7/24/1913 Peg o' my heart Charles Harrison Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-14035 10-in. 11/5/1913 Flow along, River Tennessee (To the home of the girl I love) Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-14091 10-in. 11/18/1913 I'm on my way to Mandalay Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell ; Will Oakland Male vocal trio, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-14526 10-in. 2/27/1914 She got even with Stephen Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-14703 10-in. 4/14/1914 Who paid the rent for Mrs. Rip van Winkle? Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-14814 10-in. 5/11/1914 When it's moonlight on the Alamo Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 51-75 of 509 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bryan, Alfred," accessed November 30, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.

Bryan, Alfred. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.

"Bryan, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 30 November 2022.

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