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 101-125 of 509 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-24759||10-in.||12/22/1920||Beautiful Annabelle Lee||Charles Hart ; Elliott Shaw||Male vocal duet, with harp and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-26480||10-in.||5/22/1922||Round on the end and high in the middle (O-H-I-O)||Frances White||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-31349||10-in.||6/24/1926||Rainbow||Shannon Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-31349||10-in.||11/21/1924||Rainbow||Shannon Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-32741||10-in.||6/23/1925||Row! Row! Rosie||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33456||10-in.||10/8/1925||Brown eyes, why are you blue?||Franklyn Baur||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33500||10-in.||9/22/1925||Brown eyes, why are you blue?||B.F. Goodrich Silvertown Cord Orchestra ; Joseph M. Knecht||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33848||10-in.||11/4/1925||Some other bird whistled a tune||Whispering Jack Smith||Male vocal solo, with whistling and piano (takes 4-7)||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34131||10-in.||12/9/1925||Where the huckleberries grow||George Price||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34159||10-in.||12/17/1925||Love me and I'll live forever||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34194||10-in.||1/4/1926||Don't be afraid to come home||Henry Burr ; Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet and soloist, with instrumental quartet||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34272||10-in.||1/11/1926||Don't be afraid to come home||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with vibraphone and piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34606||10-in.||2/10/1926||Don't be afraid to come home||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band (takes 1-4); with male vocal duet (takes 6-8)||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-35654||10-in.||6/2/1926||Blue bonnet, you make me feel blue||Charlie Farrell ; Jim Miller||Male vocal duet, with guitar and mandola (self-accompaniment)||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-35790||10-in.||7/20/1926||Iyone my own Iyone||Brox Sisters||Female vocal trio, with instrumental quartet||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-36119||10-in.||8/18/1926||Her beaus are only rainbows||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-37145||10-in.||12/17/1926||Love is just a little bit of heaven||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal trio||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-37575||10-in.||1/27/1927||Silver song bird||B.F. Goodrich Silvertown Cord Orchestra ; Joseph M. Knecht||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-37772||10-in.||2/14/1927||You went away too far and stayed away too long||Jacques Renard Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-37795||10-in.||2/18/1927||You went away too far (And stayed away too long)||Jane Green||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38010||10-in.||4/25/1927||Red lips kiss my blues away||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38014||10-in.||4/27/1927||Red lips, kiss my blues away||Charles Dornberger Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38357||10-in.||4/19/1927||There's something nice about everyone, but there's everything nice about you||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38487||10-in.||4/22/1927||There's something nice about everyone but there's everything nice about you||Johnny Marvin||Male vocal solo, with clarinet, guitar, and ukulele||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38781||10-in.||5/25/1927||Red lips (Kiss my blues away)||Johnny Marvin ; Aileen Stanley||Female-male vocal duet, with ukulele and orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bryan, Alfred," accessed December 9, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
Bryan, Alfred. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 9, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
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