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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Recordings (Results 76-100 of 513 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-14825||10-in.||5/15/1914||Over the Alpine mountains||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14961||10-in.||6/16/1914||The high cost of loving||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14964||10-in.||6/17/1914||When it's night-time down in Burgundy||George MacFarlane||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15553||10-in.||12/30/1914||I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier||Morton Harvey||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15613||10-in.||1/20/1915||Over the hills to Mary||James F. Harrison ; James Reed||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-16220||10-in.||7/23/1915||The sweetest girl in Monterey||James F. Harrison ; James Reed||Male vocal duet, with mandolin and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-17201||10-in.||2/24/1916||He's my cousin if she's your niece||Marie Cahill||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-17707||10-in.||5/18/1916||Come back to Arizona||James F. Harrison ; James Reed||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-18026||10-in.||6/27/1916||On Lake Champlain||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with harp and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-19108||10-in.||1/22/1917||She's Dixie all the time||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-19615||10-in.||4/23/1917||It's time for every boy to be a soldier||Charles Hart||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-19756||10-in.||5/8/1917||Joan of Arc||Willie Weston||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-21220||10-in.||12/3/1917||Sweet little buttercup||Shannon Four ; Elizabeth Spencer||Female vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-21221||10-in.||12/3/1917||There's a vacant chair in every home tonight||Shannon Four||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-21283||10-in.||12/24/1917||Lorraine||Reinald Werrenrath||Male vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-21284||10-in.||12/24/1917||Joan of Arc, they are calling you||Reinald Werrenrath||Male vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-21285||10-in.||12/24/1917||The chimes of Normandy||Lambert Murphy||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-21641||10-in.||3/20/1918||There's a lump of sugar down in Dixie||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-21937||10-in.||5/28/1918||Cheer up, Father, cheer up, Mother||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-21983||10-in.||6/12/1918||When Alexander takes his ragtime band to France||Marion Harris||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||B-21994||10-in.||6/18/1918||There's a lump of sugar down in Dixie||Marion Harris||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-22221||10-in.||9/5/1918||Oui, oui, Marie||Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-23089||10-in.||7/23/1919||Sahara (We'll soon be dry like you)||Esther Walker||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-23752||10-in.||2/27/1920||Hiawatha's melody of love||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-23775||10-in.||3/16/1920||The hen and the cow (Only a dream of the past)||Artie Mehlinger||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bryan, Alfred," accessed December 6, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
Bryan, Alfred. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 6, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
"Bryan, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 December 2023.
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