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|
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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