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 101-125 of 265 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 39560 10-in. 9/12/1914 The land of my best girl Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 39629 10-in. 11/24/1914 Tip top Tipperary Mary Henry Santrey Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 39777 10-in. 1/14/1915 The little house upon the hill James F. Harrison ; James Reed Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 39843 10-in. 2/10/1915 On my way to New Orleans George O'Connor Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 45653 10-in. 5/20/1915 Dancing 'neath the Irish moon Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 45679 10-in. 5/22/1915 Mother, may I go in to swim? Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 45866 10-in. 7/19/1915 Down in Bom-Bombay Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 45948 10-in. 8/14/1915 Piney Ridge Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 46781 10-in. 5/16/1916 The stormy sea of love Oscar Shaw Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 46855 10-in. 6/17/1916 Suzanne Anna Wheaton Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 46914 10-in. 7/14/1916 She is the sunshine of Virginia Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 46945 10-in. 7/22/1916 I'm gone before I go Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 46975 10-in. 8/21/1916 Mississippi days George Eldred ; William Morgan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 47067 10-in. 10/13/1916 The lovelight in your eyes Samuel Ash Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 47088 10-in. 10/19/1916 Mississippi days William Morgan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 47224 10-in. 12/13/1916 The whole world comes from Dixie Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 47255 10-in. 12/23/1916 Drip, drip, drip went the waterfall Anna Wheaton Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 47378 10-in. 2/16/1917 Indiana Knickerbocker Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 47453 10-in. 4/3/1917 Mister Butterfly Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 47458 10-in. 4/4/1917 Rolling in his little rolling chair Samuel Ash Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 77033 10-in. 5/8/1917 We'll be there Arthur Fields Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 77133 10-in. 6/12/1917 The ragtime volunteers are off to war Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 77304 10-in. 9/4/1917 I don't want to be loved a little bit by a lot of little boys Anna Wheaton Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 77306 10-in. 9/4/1917 The modern maiden's prayer Samuel Ash Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 77485 10-in. 11/3/1917 Chin chin Chinaman Gene Greene Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 101-125 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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