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 126-150 of 513 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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bryan, Alfred," accessed December 3, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
Bryan, Alfred. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
"Bryan, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 3 December 2023.
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