Ben Ryan (Bennett A. Ryan)

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Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Ben Ryan was a vaudeville performer, skit and song writer who first appeared on stage at the age of twelve. He toured for many years on the vaudeville circuit with blues singer Harriet Lee. Ryan is remembered as the composer of Jimmy Durante's trademark song "Inka Dinka Doo" and such hit songs as "Heart of My Heart", "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-P-P-I" and "When Frances Dances With Me". He had also contributed material for comedians Jack Benny, Fred Allen Groucho Marx and producer George White.

Ben Ryan was a close friend of singer Sophie Tucker and writer Ring Lardner. Read more...