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 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  
(Results 51-75 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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