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 51-75 of 266 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-31873||10-in.||2/26/1925||At the end of the road||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33225||10-in.||8/14/1925||Our home town||Charlie Farrell ; Jim Miller||Male vocal duet, with guitar and mandola||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33828||10-in.||10/30/1925||Clap hands! Here comes Charley||George Price||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33885||10-in.||11/19/1925||Clap hands! Here comes Charley!||Jack Shilkret Orchestra||Orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-34304||10-in.||1/7/1926||Mimí||Mariano Meléndez||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-36765||10-in.||11/12/1926||Beautiful Ohio||Elsie Baker ; Olive Kline||Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-36856||10-in.||10/22/1926||Bring back those minstrel days||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-39167||10-in.||9/8/1927||Since Henry Ford apologized to me||The Happiness Boys||Male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-39632||10-in.||7/7/1927||If I had a lover||Franklyn Baur ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-41187||10-in.||12/20/1927||Mrs. Cohen at the beach||Fanny Brice||Comic monologue, with piano||author|
|Victor||BVE-41190||10-in.||12/20/1927||The song of the sewing-machine||Fanny Brice||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-41194||10-in.||12/21/1927||Mrs. Cohen at the beach||Fanny Brice||Comic monologue, with piano||author|
|Victor||BVE-46979||10-in.||9/5/1928||What a night for spooning||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-47574||10-in.||9/28/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Franklyn Baur||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-47595||10-in.||10/4/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Lewis James ; The Troubadours||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-47861||10-in.||10/23/1928||Que noche de amores||José Bohr||Male vocal solo, with violin, cornet, and piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-56189||10-in.||10/16/1929||Just a corner of heaven to me||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-56737||10-in.||10/2/1929||A year from to-day||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57135||10-in.||11/6/1929||Hoosier hop||High Hatters ; Leonard W. Joy ; Frank Luther||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57137||10-in.||11/6/1929||I'm following you!||High Hatters ; Leonard W. Joy ; Frank Luther||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57260||10-in.||12/13/1929||I'm following you||Duncan Sisters||Female vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57261||10-in.||12/13/1929||Hoosier hop||Duncan Sisters||Female vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57972||10-in.||1/3/1930||It must be an old Spanish custom||Duncan Sisters||Female vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-57975||10-in.||1/4/1930||Hoosier hop||Duncan Sisters||Female vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57976||10-in.||1/4/1930||I'm following you!||Duncan Sisters||Female vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble||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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