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 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  
(Results 101-125 of 509 records)

Citation

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.

"Bryan, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 9 December 2022.

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