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|
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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