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 76-100 of 266 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-58612||10-in.||1/21/1930||I'm sailing on a sunbeam||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-58623||10-in.||1/24/1930||A year from today||James Melton||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||CVE-59839||12-in.||3/19/1930||I'm following you||Coca Cola Topnotchers||Radio broadcast : Orchestra, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-70910||10-in.||10/26/1931||Bend down, sister||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-82580||10-in.||6/1/1934||Breeze (Blow my baby back to me)||Tom Berwick Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-83817||10-in.||8/3/1934||Beautiful face have a heart!||Dan Hornsby ; Perry Bechtel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-87761||10-in.||1/29/1935||Indiana||KXYZ Novelty Band||Jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-98457||10-in.||12/23/1935||Anything can happen||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-02526||10-in.||10/11/1936||Breeze (Blow my baby back to me)||Washboard Wonders ; Kenneth Wolfe||Washboard band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-027942||10-in.||10/19/1938||Bend down sister||Bob Ballin ; Rennie McEvoy||Male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-046433||10-in.||1/15/1940||Beautiful Ohio||Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-051231||10-in.||6/5/1940||Rose of Washington Square||Anita Boyer ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Orchestra||Orchestra, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-058246||10-in.||12/10/1940||Somebody loves me||Dinah Shore||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-067934||10-in.||9/26/1941||Somebody loves me||The Pied Pipers ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-071760||10-in.||2/2/1942||Somebody loves me||LEVINE (Henry) and his STRICTLY FROM DIXIE JAZZ BAND||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||4562||10-in.||ca. Jan.-Sept. 1910||I've got the time, I've got the place, but it's hard to find the girl||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||19257||10-in.||3/10/1911||The Mississippi dippy dip||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||38621||10-in.||2/7/1913||On the Mississippi||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||38672||10-in.||3/4/1913||The trail of the lonesome pine||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||38675||10-in.||3/4/1913||Roll on, Missouri||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||38783||10-in.||4/14/1913||Mammy's fireside||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||38885||10-in.||5/27/1913||It takes a little rain with the sunshine to make the world go 'round||Henry Burr ; Edgar Stoddard||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||38921||10-in.||6/24/1913||There's a girl in the heart of Maryland||Henry Burr ; Edgar Stoddard||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||39154||10-in.||12/18/1913||Let's all go around to Mary Ann's||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||39379||10-in.||5/15/1914||Gone are the days||Charles Harrison||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||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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