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 151-175 of 266 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 142798 10-in. 10/28/1926 Bring back those minstrel days Albert Campbell ; Jack Kaufman Male vocal duet, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W143442 10-in. 2/6/1927 Wandering in dreamland Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W143443 10-in. 2/6/1927 Lily Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia 143511 10-in. 2/21/1927 Lily The Harmonians ; Irving Kaufman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W143640 10-in. 3/23/1927 Wah! Wah! Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 144156 10-in. 5/17/1927 I adore you Arthur Hall ; Royal Troubadours Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W144269 10-in. 6/11/1927 Charlie boy (We love you) Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin), guitar, and whistling lyricist  
Columbia W144561 10-in. 8/24/1927 Since Henry Ford apologized to me The Happiness Boys Male vocal duet, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 144576 10-in. 8/26/1927 Since Henry Ford apologized to me Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia W145083 10-in. 11/2/1927 The trail of the lonesome pine Bob Nichols ; Riley Puckett Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and guitar lyricist  
Columbia W145109 10-in. 11/4/1927 Breeze Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist  
Columbia W145662 10-in. 2/23/1928 Wings Clicquot Club Eskimos ; Harry Reser ; Tom Stacks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W146069 10-in. 4/14/1928 Breeze Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist  
Columbia W146836 10-in. 8/14/1928 What a night for spooning Harry Reser's Syncopators Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 146843 10-in. 8/15/1928 What a night for spooning Dick Burnett ; The Harmonians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia 146984 10-in. 9/12/1928 I loved you then as I love you now Ernie Golden and his Orchestra ; Arthur Fields Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W147106 10-in. 10/5/1928 Just a sweetheart Cliff Edwards Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet lyricist  
Columbia [W]147111 10-in. 10/8/1928 I loved you then as I love you now Fred Waters Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W147132 10-in. 10/17/1928 I loved you then as I love you now James Melton Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet lyricist  
Columbia W147144 10-in. 10/29/1928 I loved you then as I love you now The Cavaliers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W148104 10-in. 3/19/1929 Breeze (Blow my baby back to me) Clarence Williams’ Jazz Kings Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W148895 10-in. 8/19/1929 Indiana Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W148960 10-in. 8/30/1929 A year from today Al Katz Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia 148980 10-in. 9/6/1929 A year from to-day Jim Andrews ; Paul Specht Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia 149493 10-in. 11/26/1929 Hoosier hop Tom Frawley ; Sam Lanin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 151-175 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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