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 26-50 of 265 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-18715 10-in. 11/16/1916 The lovelight in your eyes Albert Wiederhold Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-18721 10-in. 11/20/1916 I'm gone before I go Arthur Collins Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-19165 10-in. 2/12/1917 Indiana Sterling Trio Male vocal trio, with harp and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-19537 10-in. 3/30/1917 Mister Butterfly Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-19757 10-in. 5/8/1917 Rolling in his little rolling chair Willie Weston Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-20216 10-in. 7/12/1917 The modern maiden's prayer Eddie Cantor Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-20323 10-in. 7/5/1917 The ragtime volunteers are off to war Van and Schenck Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-20448 10-in. 7/25/1917 Never forget to write home Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-21463 10-in. 2/21/1918 A little bit of sunshine Charles Hart ; Shannon Four Male vocal quartet and soloist, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-21485 10-in. 3/5/1918 Three wonderful letters from home Charles Hart Male vocal solo, with violin duet and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-22287 10-in. 10/18/1918 At the Dixie military ball Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-22288 10-in. 10/22/1918 Dreaming of home sweet home Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-22470 10-in. 12/16/1918 Beautiful Ohio Alice Green ; Elizabeth Spencer Female vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-22474 10-in. 12/19/1918 Beautiful Ohio Marguerite Dunlap ; Olive Kline Female vocal duet, with cello and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-22623 10-in. 3/12/1919 On a little farm in Normandie Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-23054 10-in. 7/9/1919 Dreamy Alabama Charles Hart ; Lewis James Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-23067 10-in. 7/14/1919 Breeze (Blow my baby back to me) American Quartet Male vocal quartet, with oboe, bassoon, and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-23942 10-in. 4/16/1920 Rose of Washington Square Sidney Phillips Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-24955 10-in. 2/21/1921 My old Jersey home Gladys Rice ; Victor Roberts [i.e., Billy Jones] Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-24992 10-in. 3/11/1921 My old New Jersey home Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-25454 10-in. 7/6/1921 Mimi All Star Trio ; All Star Trio Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor B-25773 10-in. 11/22/1921 He's the cat's meow Isabelle Patricola Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-26479 10-in. 5/22/1922 Pigtail Frances White Female vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-30807 10-in. 9/9/1924 Somebody loves me Aileen Stanley Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-31123 10-in. 10/27/1924 At the end of the road Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 26-50 of 265 records)

Citation

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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