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 201-225 of 509 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 3430 10-in. ca. Jan.-June 1906 Is it warm enough for you? Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3457 10-in. ca. 1906 Good advice Arthur Collins Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3501 10-in. between January and October 1906 Cheer up Mary Frank C. Stanley ; Harry Tally Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3586 10-in. ca. Late 1906-Feb. 1907 Bonnie Jean J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3649 10-in. ca. Jan.-June 1907 And a little bit more Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3658 10-in. ca. Jan.-June 1907 A friend of mine told a friend of mine Bob Roberts Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3666 10-in. ca. Jan.-June 1907 Blondy Ada Jones ; Len Spencer Comic dialogue and female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3692 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1907 Southern girl Columbia Quartette Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3912 10-in. ca. Jan.-July 1908 Are you sincere? Henry Burr ; Lucy Isabelle Marsh Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3935 10-in. approximately 1908 Rainbow Henry Burr ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 4010 10-in. between January and March 1909 When I marry you Frank C. Stanley Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 4118 10-in. between January and August 1909 There'll come a day Henry Burr ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 4152 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1909 I'm going to do what I please Stella Tobin Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 4158 10-in. between January and September 1909 Dublin daisies Columbia Quartette Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 4166 10-in. ca. Jan.-Oct. 1909 Can't you see Frank C. Stanley ; Elise Stevenson Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 4398 10-in. ca. Jan.-June 1910 I'm afraid of you Byron G. Harlan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 4863 10-in. ca. 1910 That's the fellow I want to get Ed Morton Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 19126 10-in. 11/21/1910 Come, Josephine in my flying machine Harry Tally Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 19142 10-in. 12/2/1910 Winter Columbia Quartette Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 19259 10-in. 3/10/1911 That was before I met you Ada Jones ; Walter Van Brunt Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 19270 10-in. 4/7/1911 It's a long way back to dear old Mother's knee Will Oakland Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 19444 10-in. 7/7/1911 You'll do the same thing over again Walter Van Brunt Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 19682 10-in. 12/7/1911 I live uptown Ada Jones ; Walter Van Brunt Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 19929 10-in. 6/11/1912 Whistle it Ada Jones ; Peerless Quartet Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 38507 10-in. 12/17/1912 Rainbow Henry Burr ; Andrea Sarto Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 201-225 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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