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Nat D. Ayer: If you were the only girl in the world (Piano Waltz)
Nat D. Ayer: If you were the only girl in the world (Piano Waltz)
Published: 2016/06/18
Channel: Piano Markus
Clock Song "Bing Boys Are Here" Alhambra Revue. Nat D. Ayer
Clock Song "Bing Boys Are Here" Alhambra Revue. Nat D. Ayer
Published: 2007/06/13
Channel: 85scampi
NAT. D. Ayer : Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1911)
NAT. D. Ayer : Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1911)
Published: 2015/05/17
Channel: yukimatsuri
Nat D. Ayer sings
Nat D. Ayer sings 'I Like a Place Where the Peaches Grow' from Houp La!, London, 1917
Published: 2009/10/30
Channel: willie solar
The Bing Boys are Here by Nat Ayer & Clifford Grey, 1916
The Bing Boys are Here by Nat Ayer & Clifford Grey, 1916
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: RagtimeDorianHenry
Nat D. Ayer "I Like a Place Where the Peaches Grow" London 1916 Cleaned
Nat D. Ayer "I Like a Place Where the Peaches Grow" London 1916 Cleaned
Published: 2011/12/06
Channel: jonthesYT
BABY BUNTING Home While You Wait For Two (Nat Ayer
BABY BUNTING Home While You Wait For Two (Nat Ayer
Published: 2014/11/11
Channel: Undergroundpianola
Oh You Beautiful Doll (1911)
Oh You Beautiful Doll (1911)
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: Sheet Music Singer
The Kipling Walk
The Kipling Walk
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
Oh, You Beautiful Doll - Song (Vocal)
Oh, You Beautiful Doll - Song (Vocal)
Published: 2011/02/18
Channel: AntiqueSongGal
Eddy Howard - If You Were The Only Girl in The World
Eddy Howard - If You Were The Only Girl in The World
Published: 2010/02/09
Channel: 525wireman
If You Were the Only Girl in the World
If You Were the Only Girl in the World
Published: 2014/04/09
Channel: patriciahammondsongs
Oh You Beautiful Doll
Oh You Beautiful Doll
Published: 2010/12/25
Channel: Dirty Cello
MPMP02478 RigAJig Rag Ayer
MPMP02478 RigAJig Rag Ayer
Published: 2017/11/11
Channel: William Severson
Nathan Beasley performing "King Chanticleer" by Nat Ayer
Nathan Beasley performing "King Chanticleer" by Nat Ayer
Published: 2016/12/14
Channel: World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest
BABY BUNTING If I Were A Boy (Nat D Ayer 1919)
BABY BUNTING If I Were A Boy (Nat D Ayer 1919)
Published: 2014/11/11
Channel: Undergroundpianola
If You Were the Only [Boy] (In the World) - Nat D. Ayer cover
If You Were the Only [Boy] (In the World) - Nat D. Ayer cover
Published: 2017/06/06
Channel: jules rigante
Nat D. Ayer sings
Nat D. Ayer sings 'Cleopatra' from Pell Mell, London, 1916
Published: 2009/09/13
Channel: willie solar
14 - If you were the only girl in the world - Nat Ayer
14 - If you were the only girl in the world - Nat Ayer
Published: 2017/01/01
Channel: Tim Kauk
If You Were the Only Girl - Ayer/Grey (Patricia Hammond, mezzo)
If You Were the Only Girl - Ayer/Grey (Patricia Hammond, mezzo)
Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: patriciahammondsongs
"The Flapper
"The Flapper's Parade" (Nat D Ayer) Ragtime song sung by Nat D Ayer
Published: 2012/01/26
Channel: EMGColonel
Oh, You Beautiful Doll by Nat D. Ayer ShowTime Piano Jazz and Blues level 2A (easy piano)
Oh, You Beautiful Doll by Nat D. Ayer ShowTime Piano Jazz and Blues level 2A (easy piano)
Published: 2016/07/04
Channel: tinymozarts
OH YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL - Jazz guitar & piano cover ( Nat D. Ayer )
OH YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL - Jazz guitar & piano cover ( Nat D. Ayer )
Published: 2016/10/17
Channel: Yvan Jacques
Oh! You Beautiful Doll
Oh! You Beautiful Doll
Published: 2011/04/01
Channel: careyeOhkey
Rig A Jig by Nat Ayer (1912, Ragtime piano)
Rig A Jig by Nat Ayer (1912, Ragtime piano)
Published: 2014/10/02
Channel: RagtimeDorianHenry
If You Were The Only Girl In The World - Nat D. Ayer ( Organ Fantasies - Jesse Crawford )
If You Were The Only Girl In The World - Nat D. Ayer ( Organ Fantasies - Jesse Crawford )
Published: 2014/10/26
Channel: Antonio Carrillo
Oh! You Beautiful Doll Player PIano Roll
Oh! You Beautiful Doll Player PIano Roll
Published: 2010/03/27
Channel: Pianosyncrazy
WW1 MUSIC : Beautiful Baby Doll (Nat D Ayer)
WW1 MUSIC : Beautiful Baby Doll (Nat D Ayer)
Published: 2014/11/08
Channel: Undergroundpianola
That Swaying Tango by Nat Ayer (1912, Tango piano)
That Swaying Tango by Nat Ayer (1912, Tango piano)
Published: 2016/08/11
Channel: RagtimeDorianHenry
"If You Were The Only Girl In The World" Violet Loraine & George Robey (1916) Nat D. Ayer
"If You Were The Only Girl In The World" Violet Loraine & George Robey (1916) Nat D. Ayer
Published: 2015/06/29
Channel: Tim Gracyk
WW1 MUSIC : You
WW1 MUSIC : You've Got To Do It (Nat D Ayer)
Published: 2014/11/05
Channel: Undergroundpianola
"Cleopatra" (Nat D Ayer) From "Pell Mell" Sung by the Composer Nat D Ayer HMV C 694
"Cleopatra" (Nat D Ayer) From "Pell Mell" Sung by the Composer Nat D Ayer HMV C 694
Published: 2012/12/29
Channel: EMGColonel
If You Were the Only Girl
If You Were the Only Girl
Published: 2017/11/20
Channel: Dean Martin - Topic
Rudy Vallee - If You Were The Only Girl (In The World) (And I Was the Only Boy) 1929
Rudy Vallee - If You Were The Only Girl (In The World) (And I Was the Only Boy) 1929
Published: 2011/04/27
Channel: warholsoup100
IF YOU WERE THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD MUSIK BY NAT D.AYER
IF YOU WERE THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD MUSIK BY NAT D.AYER
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: Ralf Reber
"Another little Drink Wouldn
"Another little Drink Wouldn't do us any harm" (Nat D Ayer) Sung by the Composer HMV B 642
Published: 2013/07/10
Channel: EMGColonel
"You
"You've got to do it " (Nat D Ayer) Murray's Savoy Quratette HMV B 692
Published: 2016/01/11
Channel: EMGColonel
"The Bing Boys One Step"(Nat D Ayer) London Repertoire Orch  Col 619
"The Bing Boys One Step"(Nat D Ayer) London Repertoire Orch Col 619
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: EMGColonel
"Gee, but i like Music with my meals" (Nat D Ayer & S Brown) Ragtime Sung by Jen Latona Zono961
"Gee, but i like Music with my meals" (Nat D Ayer & S Brown) Ragtime Sung by Jen Latona Zono961
Published: 2012/06/26
Channel: EMGColonel
"That Dear Old Home" (Nat D Ayer) "The Bing Girls" Ragtime Ernest Pike & Peter Dawson Zonophone 1761
"That Dear Old Home" (Nat D Ayer) "The Bing Girls" Ragtime Ernest Pike & Peter Dawson Zonophone 1761
Published: 2017/08/05
Channel: EMGColonel
"I
"I'm on my Way to Dixieland" (Nat D Ayer) Ragtime by Strong & Murray Zono 1813
Published: 2016/11/26
Channel: EMGColonel
BABY BUNTING Cricket In November (Nat D Ayer 1919)
BABY BUNTING Cricket In November (Nat D Ayer 1919)
Published: 2014/11/11
Channel: Undergroundpianola
King Chanticleer (Nat D. Ayer & A.Seymour Brown), played by Tom Brier & the Saloon Sweeties
King Chanticleer (Nat D. Ayer & A.Seymour Brown), played by Tom Brier & the Saloon Sweeties
Published: 2014/08/15
Channel: Ragtimer95
"Linger a Little Longer" (Nat D Ayer) Ragtime Song Sung by Fred Douglas Regal G7732
"Linger a Little Longer" (Nat D Ayer) Ragtime Song Sung by Fred Douglas Regal G7732
Published: 2012/06/25
Channel: EMGColonel
"Since Chumley came back from London Town" (Nat D Ayer) sung by the Composer
"Since Chumley came back from London Town" (Nat D Ayer) sung by the Composer
Published: 2012/01/26
Channel: EMGColonel
The Dirty Songs
The Dirty Songs
Published: 2014/05/25
Channel: Max Morath - Topic
"Down Yonder in Normandy" (Nat B Ayer) Ragtime Jacobs & his Trocadero Orch HMV B 360
"Down Yonder in Normandy" (Nat B Ayer) Ragtime Jacobs & his Trocadero Orch HMV B 360
Published: 2012/06/03
Channel: EMGColonel
If You Were The Only Girl In The World
If You Were The Only Girl In The World
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: Alfie Boe - Topic
Nat D. Ayer and Louise Leigh - Youve Got to Do It
Nat D. Ayer and Louise Leigh - Youve Got to Do It
Published: 2015/12/24
Channel: 78rpm gramophone records and cylinders
"You may take me round Paree" ("Yes Uncle" Nat d Ayer) Henri Leoni & Mimi Crawford
"You may take me round Paree" ("Yes Uncle" Nat d Ayer) Henri Leoni & Mimi Crawford
Published: 2012/05/16
Channel: EMGColonel
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Ayer in Houp La!, 1916

Nathaniel Davis Ayer (August 5, 1887 – September 19, 1952), usually billed as Nat D. Ayer, was an American composer, pianist, singer and actor. He made most of his career composing and performing in England in Edwardian musical comedy and revue. He also contributed songs to Broadway shows, including some of the Ziegfeld Follies.

Ayer's most successful shows were the World War I hits The Bing Boys Are Here (1916) and Yes, Uncle (1917). His best-known Broadway song was "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" (1911). Of his many songs composed for London shows, his most famous is probably "If You Were the Only Girl In the World" (1916). After the war, he had less success and was declared bankrupt in 1938.

Life and career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Ayer was born Nathaniel Davis in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] His first big hit was the song "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" (1911), with words by A. Seymour Brown (1885–1952). He wrote songs for Broadway revues and musical comedies including Miss Innocence (1908), The Newlyweds and their Baby (1909), Ziegfeld Follies of 1909, The Echo (1910), A Winsome Widow, The Wall Street Girl, Let George Do It (all 1912) and Ziegfeld Follies of 1916.[1][2]

Ayer first visited London as a member of the Ragtime Octet in the years before the First World War.[1] In 1912 he contributed to the West End revue Hullo, Ragtime the song "You’re My Baby" with words by Brown.[1] In 1913 he appeared at the Tivoli music hall in the Strand, with Harry Williams, performing songs of their own composition, with Ayer at the piano.[3] Later in the same year, the two appeared in The Hippodrome Revue, when The Times described them thus:

Mr. Harry Williams and Mr Nat D. Ayer are an American pair of a type now becoming familiar to London. One sings, one plays the piano and sings; both wear pronounced evening dress, and both perform ragtime. For complicated syncopation perhaps one of the songs sung by the gentleman at the piano is (in ragtime's native idiom) "the limit".[4]

One of Ayer's and Williams's songs, "That Ragtime Suffragette", was the subject of a court case in October 1913, when the lyricist and composer successfully took action to prevent others from violating its copyright.[5]

West End shows[edit]

In 1916, Ayer composed the music for the hit show The Bing Boys Are Here, with a book by George Grossmith Jr. and Fred Thompson and lyrics by Clifford Grey.[6] His best-known song from that show is "If You Were the Only Girl In the World".[1] In the same year, Ayer appeared with Alice Delysia in the revue Pell-Mell, with songs by Ayer and Grey.[7] Ayer's last show of 1916, which he composed and appeared in, was the musical comedy Houp La!, starring Gertie Millar.[1] It was not a success, running for just over 100 performances, but Ayer's next show, Yes, Uncle, was a considerable hit, with a run of 626 performances.[8]

Ayer's post-war shows were Baby Bunting (1919), Snap, Shufflin' Along and The Smith Family (1922). In 1938 he was declared bankrupt.[9] He appeared as himself in the 1943 film Variety Jubilee.

Ayer died in 1952 in Bath, in the west of England, at the age of 65.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Larkin, Colin (ed.) ""Ayer, Nat D.", Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Muze Inc and Oxford University Press, 2009, accessed 31 January 2012 (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Nat D. Ayer", The Guide to Musical Theatre, accessed 1 February 2012
  3. ^ "The Theatres", The Times, 3 March 1913, p. 10
  4. ^ "The Hippodrome Revue", The Times, 11 April 1913, p. 8
  5. ^ "High Court of Justice", The Times, 18 October 1913, p. 3
  6. ^ "Varieties", The Times, 6 May 1916, p. 6
  7. ^ "New Plays and Revues", The Times, 5 June 1916, p. 13
  8. ^ "Longest Running Plays in London and New York", Stage Beauty, accessed 1 February 2012.
  9. ^ "From The London Gazette", The Times, 29 January 1938, p. 20

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