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 176-200 of 513 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-010530||10-in.||6/8/1937||You'll never go to heaven (If you break my heart)||Ken Drake Orchestra ; Jimmy Ray||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-021873||10-in.||4/1/1938||It's raining sunshine||Rose Marie||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-023409||10-in.||5/18/1938||In a little Dutch kindergarten (Down by the Zuyder Zee)||Blue Barron ; Three Blue Notes||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-024461||10-in.||8/5/1938||Hearts are never blue in Blue Kalua||Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra ; Jimmy Ray||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo (Hawaiian)||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-034970||10-in.||6/9/1939||Cuba-duba-doo||Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Fran Rogers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-035373||10-in.||3/29/1939||A ruble a rhumba||Elisse Cooper ; Eddie De Lange Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-035737||10-in.||4/11/1939||A ruble a rhumba||Jimmy Brown ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; The Three Barons||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal trio||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-044004||10-in.||10/24/1939||Kiss and remember||Danny Bridge ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-044659||10-in.||1/23/1940||Come Josephine in my flying machine||Frank Flynn ; Ted Fiorito Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-053516||10-in.||10/7/1940||Goodnight, Mother||Wayne King Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-056136||10-in.||9/18/1940||Goodnight Mother||Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Tommy Taylor||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-056493||10-in.||10/15/1940||The Irish were Egyptians long ago||Harry's Tavern Band ; Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-057021||10-in.||10/23/1940||Goodnight, Mother||Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-072022||10-in.||1/12/1942||Beautiful eggs||City Slickers ; Spike Jones ; Del Porter||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-072238||10-in.||4/7/1942||Come, Josephine, in my flying machine||Boys in the Back Room ; City Slickers ; King Jackson ; Spike Jones||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-0286||10-in.||4/25/1947||Peg o' my heart||Three Suns||Instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||[Trial 1914-08-12-07]||Not documented||8/12/1914||When it's night time down in Burgundy||Willis Male Trio||Male vocal trio, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||[Trial 1917-12-10-02]||Not documented||12/10/1917||Joan of Arc (They are calling you)||Percy Hemus||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||[Trial 1918-05-15-02]||Not documented||5/15/1918||When Alexander takes his ragtime band to France||Bee Palmer||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Victor||[Trial 1921-02-08-01]||10-in.||2/8/1921||Beautiful Annabelle Lee||Conly Concert Company||Mixed vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||1084||10-in.||approximately 1902||I'll wed you in the golden summertime||Artists vary||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||1084||7-in.||ca. 1902||I'll wed you in the golden summer time||Harry Tally||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||1660||10-in.||approximately 1903||Mary Ellen||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||1660||7-in.||ca. 1903-Oct. 1905||Mary Ellen||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||3241||10-in.||ca. Jan.-Sept. 1905||Come along, little girl, come along||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bryan, Alfred," accessed December 10, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
Bryan, Alfred. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 10, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105828.
"Bryan, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 10 December 2023.
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