Ben Ryan

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.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 30th, 1892, Died July 5th, 1968

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 54 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W148958 10-in. 8/30/1929 Melancholy The Diplomats Vocal ensemble, with alto saxophone and piano-accordion lyricist  
Columbia 149054 10-in. 9/26/1929 Melancholy Sam Lanin Orchestra ; Marvin Young [Irving Kaufman] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W149451 10-in. 10/28/1929 Melancholy Vic Meyers' Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W152558 10-in. 11/21/1933 Inka dinka doo Ferde Grofé Orchestra ; Rhythm Boys Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet lyricist  
OKeh 406 10-in. ca. Oct. 1918 Coming through the Rhine Arthur Fields Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-7841 10-in. Mar. 1921 Vamping rose Vaughn De Leath ; Rega Orchestra Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-70327 10-in. Nov. 1921 When Francis dances with me Vaughn De Leath ; Billy Jones Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-70328 10-in. Nov. 1921 I'm a dog-gone struttin' fool Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-70360 10-in. Dec. 1921 I hold her hand and she holds mine Elsie Clark Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-70922 10-in. Oct. 1922 For crying out loud Elsie Clark Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh W403034 10-in. 10/7/1929 Pretty little you Charles W. Hamp Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Brunswick C4705 10-in. 11/5/1929 Melancholy Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick C4777 10-in. 12/2/1929 Melancholy Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick C4778 10-in. 12/2/1929 Melancholy Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick E35872 10-in. 2/18/1931 I’ve got a sweet somebody to love me Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick E36188 10-in. 2/26/1931 I’ve got a sweet somebody to love me The Travelers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick E30940-E30941 10-in. Sept. 1929 Pretty little you Jack Denny ; Mount Royal Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Edison 6234 10-in. between 6/17/1918 and 6/20/1918 When I send you a picture of Berlin (You'll know it's over, "Over there," I'm coming home) Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 6322 10-in. 8/12/1918 When I send you a picture of Berlin medley Jaudas' Society Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Edison 6472 10-in. 11/27/1918 Jim, Jim, I always knew that you'd win Arthur Fields Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 7869 10-in. 3/24/1921 Vamping Rose Billy Jones Male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 11142 10-in. 8/3/1926 That gang that sang "Heart of my heart" National Male Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 19157 10-in. 4/15/1929 That's living Golden Gate Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Edison 19237 10-in. 6/5/1929 If I'm wrong, sue me Merry Melody Men ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Edison 19239 10-in. 6/5/1929 When we get together in the moonlight (We get along great) Ermine Calloway Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 26-50 of 54 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ryan, Ben," accessed December 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108859.

Ryan, Ben. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108859.

"Ryan, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 December 2021.

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