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 126-150 of 266 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||77711||10-in.||3/5/1918||Three wonderful letters from home||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78154||10-in.||10/24/1918||Dreaming of home, sweet home||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78183||10-in.||11/20/1918||Beautiful Ohio||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78302||10-in.||2/15/1919||On a little farm in Normandie||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78313||10-in.||2/20/1919||Just another good man gone wrong||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||78376||10-in.||4/1/1919||Just another good man gone wrong||Louisiana Five||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||78520||10-in.||6/21/1919||Breeze (Blow my baby back to me)||Arthur Fields ; Jack Kaufman||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78567||10-in.||7/15/1919||Dreamy Alabama||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78625||10-in.||9/6/1919||Indiana||Knickerbocker Male Quartette||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78637||10-in.||9/10/1919||Broken blossoms||Charles Harrison||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78643||10-in.||9/12/1919||Broken blossoms||George Meader||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78774||10-in.||10/30/1919||You can't get lovin' where there ain't any love||Louisiana Five ; Billy Murray||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||78778||10-in.||10/31/1919||Beautiful Ohio||Toots Paka Hawaiian Company||Male vocal and instrumental ensemble, with guitars and ukulele (Hawaiian)||lyricist|
|Columbia||78835||10-in.||12/2/1919||Somebody||Bert Williams||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78878||10-in.||12/20/1919||Comrades||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78916||10-in.||1/8/1920||That wonderful kid from Madrid||Al Jolson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||78983||10-in.||2/19/1920||Lazy Mississippi||Henry Burr ; Albert Campbell||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||79084||10-in.||3/27/1920||Rose of Washington Square||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||79126||10-in.||4/18/1920||Ten little bottles||Bert Williams||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||79870||10-in.||5/28/1921||Mimi (Mee-mee)||Frank Crumit ; Paul Biese Trio||Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||140169||10-in.||12/6/1924||At the end of the road||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||49342||12-in.||3/14/1918||A little bit of sunshine||Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||W141282||10-in.||11/18/1925||Clap hands! Here comes Charley!||Georgians ; Johnny Morris||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||141358||10-in.||12/7/1925||Clap hands! Here comes Charley!||Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||W141922||10-in.||4/6/1926||Hot Henry!||Arthur Fields ; Little Ramblers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||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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