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 - 1942
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, author, composer
Recordings (Results 226-250 of 265 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||LAE692||10-in.||1/30/1930||A year from today||Earl Burtnett Biltmore Trio||Male vocal trio, with string ensemble||songwriter|
|Brunswick||DAL732||10-in.||10/26/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Danny David||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||DB90||10-in.||10/8/1928||That wonderful kid from Madrid||Betty Fields||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E28463||10-in.||10/9/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Glen Wick||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E29708||10-in.||4/18/1929||Indiana||Five Pennies ; Red Nichols||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E21743-E21745||10-in.||3/4/1927||Lily||Harry Archer Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E22585-E22586||10-in.||4/22/1927||Beautiful Ohio||Carter's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E24685-E24688||10-in.||10/10/1927||Breeze (Blow my baby back to me)||Carter's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E24688)||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E25722-E25723||10-in.||12/22/1927||The trail of the lonesome pine||Frank McCravy ; James McCravy||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E26002-E26003||10-in.||1/13/1928||Indiana||Kanawha Singers||Male vocal quartet, with 2 violins, banjo, and piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E26727-E26729||10-in.||2/29/1928||Wings||Kenn Sisson Orchestra ; Eddy Thomas||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26729)||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E30997-E30998||10-in.||Sept. 1929||A year from today||Meyer Davis' Hotel Astor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||songwriter|
|Edison||2415||10-in.||8/19/1913||The trail of the lonesome pine||Walter Van Brunt||Male vocal solo and vocal ensemble, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||3461||10-in.||Nov.-Dec. 1914||War in Snider's grocery store||Tod Weinhold||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Edison||3523||10-in.||1/18/1915||Tip-top Tipperary Mary||Joseph A. Phillips||Male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||3571||10-in.||2/9/1915||Little house upon the hill||Manuel Romain||Male vocal solo and mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||3744||10-in.||5/3/1915||On my way to New Orleans||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||4172||10-in.||10/6/1915||Piney Ridge||Mayo and Tally||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||4784||10-in.||6/12/1916||Stormy sea of love||Irving Kaufman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||4915||10-in.||7/27/1916||She is the sunshine of Virginia||Walter Van Brunt||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||4961||10-in.||8/31/1916||Mississippi days||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||5074||10-in.||10/17/1916||You wake up in the morning in Chicago||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||5181||10-in.||11/28/1916||I'm "gone" before I go||Edward Meeker||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||5406||10-in.||2/23/1917||Indiana||Homestead Trio||Female vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||6082||10-in.||Mar. 1918||A little bit of sunshine||Vernon Dalhart||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "MacDonald, Ballard," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106626.
MacDonald, Ballard. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106626.
"MacDonald, Ballard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.
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