Ballard MacDonald

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 251-266 of 266 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 6082 10-in. Mar. 1918 A little bit of sunshine Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 6132 10-in. Mar. 1918 Three wonderful letters from home George Wilton Ballard Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 6622 10-in. 2/13/1919 Beautiful Ohio Mabelle Wagner-Shank Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 6661 10-in. 3/11/1919 Beautiful Ohio Metropolitan Quartet Mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 6834 10-in. 6/17/1919 Broken blossoms George Wilton Ballard ; Helen Clark Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 6878 10-in. 7/31/1919 Breeze (Blow my baby back to me) Premier Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 6882 10-in. 7/22/1919 Dreamy Alabama Lewis James Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 7885 10-in. 4/6/1921 Two little love birds George Wilton Ballard ; Elizabeth Spencer Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 8310 10-in. 12/6/1921 By the old Ohio shore Charles Hart ; Leola Lucey Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 9804 10-in. 10/23/1924 At the end of the road James Doherty Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 10692 10-in. 11/24/1925 Clap hands! Here comes Charley! Golden Gate Orchestra ; Arthur Hall ; John Ryan Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet lyricist  
Edison 11181 10-in. 9/7/1926 Bring back those minstrel days Albert Campbell ; Jack Kaufman Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 11669 10-in. 4/27/1927 Lily Cass Hagan Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Edison 18908 10-in. 11/28/1928 I loved you then (As I love you now) Golden Gate Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio lyricist  
Edison N-602 10-in. 11/28/1928 I loved you then (As I love you now) Golden Gate Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio lyricist  
Vocalion E4028-E4029 10-in. 11/3/1926 Bring back those minstrel days Danville Dudes Male vocal duet, with piano lyricist  
(Results 251-266 of 266 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "MacDonald, Ballard," accessed March 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106626.

MacDonald, Ballard. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106626.

"MacDonald, Ballard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.

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