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 126-150 of 509 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-39171 10-in. 9/12/1927 Blue river The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-39391 10-in. 11/9/1927 When the bees are in the hive Fred Erdman Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BVE-40211 10-in. 9/15/1927 Blue river Jean Goldkette Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-43991 10-in. 5/17/1928 Japansy waltz Johnny Hamp ; Kentucky Serenaders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio lyricist  
Victor BVE-47506 10-in. 9/12/1928 My window of dreams Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-47747 10-in. 10/15/1928 My varsity girl I'll cling to you Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-47785 10-in. 10/25/1928 Lend me your eyes, pretty baby Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor MVE-49566 16-in. 1/28/1929 Wolf song Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-49937 10-in. 2/8/1929 Yo te amo means I love you Paul Oliver [i.e., Frank Munn] Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-50508 10-in. 2/21/1929 I'll be a pal to your boy (If you'll be a pal to mine) Johnny Hamp ; Kentucky Serenaders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-51013 10-in. 3/7/1929 "Yo te amo" means "I love you" Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-51195 10-in. 4/19/1929 My heart is bluer than your eyes Don Howard ; The Troubadours Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BRC-53094 10-in. 5/11/1931 Rock me in a cradle of Kalua The Southerners Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-53422 10-in. 5/17/1929 My heart is bluer than your eyes, cherie Franklyn Baur Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-53830 10-in. 6/12/1929 My song of the Nile Melody Three Male vocal trio, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-55613 10-in. 7/15/1929 A kiss to remember Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-55641 10-in. 7/30/1929 My song of the Nile Burt Lorin ; The Troubadours Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-55659 10-in. 8/29/1929 If I can't have you High Hatters ; Leonard W. Joy ; Frank Luther Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-55660 10-in. 8/29/1929 You can't believe my eyes High Hatters ; Leonard W. Joy ; Klara Madjette Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-56087 10-in. 9/13/1929 Miss Wonderful Ted Weems Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-56898 10-in. 2/16/1931 When you were the blossom of Buttercup Lane (And I was your Little Boy Blue) Elmo Tanner ; Ted Weems Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-57091 10-in. 11/14/1929 My song of the Nile Miguel Ruggeri Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-57487 10-in. 11/27/1929 Mi canción del Nilo Ángel Soto Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BVE-57500 10-in. 11/30/1929 Somebody mighty like you Ernie Birchill ; Wayne King Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BVE-58376 10-in. 1/13/1930 My song of the Nile Frank Gaviani ; Pietro Accordion duet lyricist  
(Results 126-150 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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