Frank Layton Ryerson (3 July 1905 in New Jersey – 15 May 1995 in Clearwater, Florida) was an American trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator. As a trumpeter and arranger, Ryerson performed and recorded with several big bands, beginning in 1927, including Mal Hallett and His Orchestra (and also arranger; 1936), Glen Gray and His Casa Loma Orchestra (1939, 1940, 1941), Jack Teagarden (1939), Jimmy Dorsey, and Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra (1944)
Ryerson co-wrote the Jimmy Dorsey hit "Blue Champagne" written in 1941 and covered by The Manhattan Transfer in their 1975 album titled The Manhattan Transfer.
He also wrote the stirring "Lament in D Minor." By 1949 he was the orchestral arranger for Vaughn Monroe.
For the remainder of his career he was an educator. In the 1950s he ran the Paramus, New Jersey, school music program, becoming in 1957 the music director at the new Paramus High School where he created a student concert band, marching band and big-band style dance band, arranging many of the charts himself and introducing innovative techniques to the marching band not common at the time. The organizations were known for their high quality and enthusiasm from the beginning. He wrote the alma mater lyrics (sung to the tune "Aura Lee", popularly known at the time in the form of Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender"). He also during this period led and played trumpet in a small professional dance/jazz combo and provided private trumpet lessons at his home in the adjacent town of Fairlawn, New Jersey, to students from the surrounding area.
In 1976 Ryerson retired and moved to Clearwater, Florida. Nineteen years later, on May 15, 1995, at the age of 89, he died there.
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Birth and Death Data: Born July 3, 1905, Died May 15, 1995
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, songwriter, composer
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 142 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-03241||10-in.||11/17/1936||The Boston Tea Party||Chicago Rhythm Kings||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||PBS-061374||10-in.||7/23/1941||Blue champagne||Freddy Martin Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer, songwriter|
|Victor||D6VB-2712||10-in.||8/30/1946||The pleasure's all mine||Vaughn Monroe ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with female vocal ensemble and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-1512||10-in.||8/12/1947||Baby be good||Vaughn Monroe ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-1759||10-in.||10/17/1947||Give a broken heart a break||Vaughn Monroe ; Moon Maids ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with female vocal group and instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Decca||64961||10-in.||1/27/1939||Last night a miracle happened||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||64962||10-in.||1/27/1939||Riverboat shuffle||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||64963||10-in.||1/27/1939||Boneyard shuffle-1||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65012||10-in.||2/13/1939||Could be||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65013||10-in.||2/13/1939||I won't believe it||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65015||10-in.||2/13/1939||This night (will be my souvenir)||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65017||10-in.||2/13/1939||Honolulu||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65035||10-in.||2/17/1939||Sunrise serenade-1||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65036||10-in.||2/17/1939||I promise you||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65037||10-in.||2/17/1939||Heaven can wait||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65038||10-in.||2/14/1939||(Gotta get some) Shut-Eye||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65044||10-in.||2/20/1939||Ay ay ay||Casa Loma Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65045||10-in.||2/20/1939||Rockin' chair-1||Louis Armstrong ; Casa Loma Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65046||10-in.||2/20/1939||Lazybones||Louis Armstrong ; Casa Loma Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65063||10-in.||2/25/1939||Washboard blues||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65064||10-in.||2/25/1939||Little old lady||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65065||10-in.||2/25/1939||Lazy river||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65066||10-in.||2/25/1939||Moon country||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65180||10-in.||3/15/1939||Star dust||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||65181||10-in.||3/15/1939||One morning in May||Glen Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ryerson, Frank," accessed June 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114456.
Ryerson, Frank. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114456.
"Ryerson, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 June 2023.
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Wikipedia: Frank L. Ryerson
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LCNAR: Ryerson, Frank, 1905-1995 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2008147839
Wikidata: Frank L. Ryerson - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q5487808
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