Ballard MacDonald (October 15, 1882 – November 17, 1935) was an American lyricist, who was one of the writers of Tin Pan Alley.
Born in Portland, Oregon, he was a charter member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
MacDonald wrote lyrics for a song called "Play That Barber-Shop Chord" in 1910, which became a hit with revised lyrics when it was sung in The Ziegfeld Follies by vaudeville star Bert Williams. He subsequently worked with composer Harry Carroll on "On the Mississippi" (1912) and "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" (1912, based on the million-selling novel). He also partnered with James F. Hanley, which produced the 1917 hit "(Back Home Again In) Indiana.
In the early '20s, MacDonald turned his attention to Broadway revues, which in 1924 brought him his most notable musical collaborator in George Gershwin. In 1926, MacDonald teamed up with Walter Donaldson to write songs for the Broadway show Sweetheart Time
Thumbs Up was MacDonald's final Broadway show. He died in Forest Hills, New York.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1882 (Portland), Died 1935 (Queens)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, author, composer
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 269 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-9122||10-in.||6/21/1910||Nix on the glow worm, Lena||Ada Jones||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-9345||10-in.||8/16/1910||I've got the time, I've got the place, but it's hard to find the girl||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-9381||10-in.||8/29/1910||Nix on the glow-worm, Lena||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-10152||10-in.||4/5/1911||The Mississippi dippy dip||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-10180||10-in.||4/13/1911||Hello summer!||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-12524||10-in.||10/22/1912||On the Mississippi||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet||lyricist|
|Victor||B-12984||10-in.||3/12/1913||Roll on, Missouri||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-12988||10-in.||3/12/1913||The trail of the lonesome pine||Edna Brown ; James F. Harrison||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13260||10-in.||5/9/1913||It takes a little rain with the sunshine to make the world go round||Walter Van Brunt||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13515||10-in.||7/3/1913||There's a girl in the heart of Maryland (With a heart that belongs to me)||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-13625||10-in.||7/23/1913||I love the moonlight||Helen Clark ; Walter Van Brunt||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14361||10-in.||1/22/1914||Let's all go 'round to Mary Ann's||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14579||10-in.||3/17/1914||Off with the old love, on with the new||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with bells and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15157||10-in.||8/28/1914||The fatherland, the motherland, the land of my best girl||Irving Kaufman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15289||10-in.||10/20/1914||The war in Snider's grocery store||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||B-15406||10-in.||11/18/1914||Tip-top Tipperary Mary||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15612||10-in.||1/20/1915||The little house upon the hill||James F. Harrison ; James Reed||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-15963||10-in.||4/28/1915||On my way to New Orleans||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-16174||10-in.||7/6/1915||Piney Ridge||Irving Kaufman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-16224||10-in.||7/16/1915||Down in Bom-Bombay||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-17202||10-in.||2/24/1916||Drip, drip, drip went the waterfall||Marie Cahill||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-17739||10-in.||5/29/1916||The stormy sea of love||M. J. O'Connell||Male vocal solo, with xylophone and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-18128||10-in.||7/18/1916||She is the sunshine of Virginia||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-18170||10-in.||8/1/1916||Mississippi days||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with banjo and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-18566||10-in.||10/20/1916||How could Washington be a married man (And never tell a lie)||M. J. O'Connell||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "MacDonald, Ballard," accessed February 2, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106626.
MacDonald, Ballard. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 2, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106626.
"MacDonald, Ballard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 February 2023.
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