Ben Ryan (composer)

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".[1]

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.[2][3]


  1. ^ Ben Ryan. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2011-01-07.
  2. ^ Biography for Ben Ryan,
  3. ^ via Associated Press. "Ben Ryan, Noted Song Writer, Dies In Jersey", The Indianapolis Star, July 7, 1968. Accessed May 16, 2016. "Leonia, N.J. (AP) Song writer and vaudeville performer Ben Ryan, who wrote "Inka Dinka Doo" for Jimmy Durante, died Friday at his home here after a long illness."

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