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|
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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