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|
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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