Bennett A. "Ben" Ryan (March 30, 1892 – July 5, 1968) was an American songwriter who wrote the music and lyrics to the popular song "(The Gang that Sang) Heart of My Heart". He also wrote or co-wrote many other popular songs including "Inka Dinka Doo", "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I", "No Nothing", "The Thrill of a New Romance", "When Francis Dances with Me", and "When I Send You a Picture of Berlin".
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Ryan was also a vaudeville performer, film actor and screen writer. Following a lengthy illness, on July 5, 1968, he died at his home in Leonia, New Jersey.
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Birth and Death Data: Born March 30, 1892, Died July 5, 1968
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 55 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-20460||10-in.||7/30/1917||M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i||Frances White||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-21939||10-in.||5/29/1918||When I send you a picture of Berlin (You'll know it's over 'over there,' I'm coming home)||Arthur Fields ; Peerless Quartet||Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||B-25519||10-in.||8/17/1921||When Francis dances with me||Ada Jones ; Billy Murray||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-27707||10-in.||3/22/1923||For crying out loud||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-53459||10-in.||6/6/1929||When we get together in the moonlight||Belle Mann ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-56186||10-in.||10/16/1929||Melancholy||Johnny Marvin||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57136||10-in.||11/5/1929||Melancholy||Horace Heidt Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-78568||10-in.||11/22/1933||Inka dinka doo||Hotel McAlpin Orchestra ; Sam Robbins||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-81100||10-in.||12/26/1933||Inka dinka doo||The Chanters ; Don Bestor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal chorus||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-86662||10-in.||10/3/1934||Inka-dinka-doo||Orquesta Típica Victor||Instrumental ensemble, 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||PBS-042290||10-in.||12/11/1939||One cigarette for two||Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Eddie Stone||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-044642||10-in.||1/19/1940||One cigarette for two||Wayne King Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-053244||10-in.||7/26/1940||Love tales||Carl Ravazza Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-1633||10-in.||9/22/1947||The gang that sang heart of my heart||Three Suns||Vocal group, with instrumental trio||composer|
|Columbia||47433||10-in.||3/17/1917||M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i||Anna Wheaton||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||77833||10-in.||5/18/1918||When I send you a picture of Berlin||Arthur Fields ; Peerless Quartet||Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||78179||10-in.||11/19/1918||Jim, Jim, I always knew that you'd win||Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||79741||10-in.||2/28/1921||Vamping Rose||Tod Weinhold||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||80024||10-in.||10/13/1921||I hold her hand and she holds mine||Al Herman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||80078||10-in.||11/25/1921||When Francis dances with me||Frank Crumit||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||80276||10-in.||4/5/1922||Down on Avenue A||Frank Crumit||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||148372||10-in.||4/23/1929||That's living||Harry Barth's Mississippians ; Robert Wood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W148526||10-in.||5/14/1929||That's living||Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ryan, Ben," accessed March 23, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108859.
Ryan, Ben. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108859.
"Ryan, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 23 March 2023.
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Wikipedia: Ben Ryan (composer)
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LCNAR: Ryan, Ben, 1892-1968 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no89014245
Wikidata: Ben Ryan (composer) - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q4886400
MusicBrainz: Ben Ryan - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/054b296b-d5b0-43e5-86e6-4c4cb91531ce
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