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 176-200 of 265 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||149495||10-in.||11/26/1929||I'm following you!||Tom Frawley ; Sam Lanin Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W149496||10-in.||11/26/1929||I'm sailing on a sunbeam!||Johnny Morris ; Paul Specht Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W149497||10-in.||11/26/1929||I'm following you!||Paul Specht Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||lyricist|
|Columbia||W149922||10-in.||1/28/1930||Kickin' a hole in the sky||Ipana Troubadours||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||[W]149973||10-in.||2/11/1930||I'm following you!||Gay Ellis||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Columbia||W150033||10-in.||2/27/1930||I'm following you||Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Columbia||W150800||10-in.||9/12/1930||Since they're all playing miniature golf||Eddie Walters||Male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W150858||10-in.||10/3/1930||Somebody loves me||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||lyricist|
|Columbia||W151891||10-in.||11/27/1931||Bend down, sister||Ben Selvin and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||98474||12-in.||3/2/1928||Beautiful Ohio||Eddie Thomas’ Collegians ; Lewis James ; Elliott Shaw||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Columbia||W351138||10-in.||11/27/1931||Bend down, sister||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||585||10-in.||ca. Jan. 1919||Beautiful Ohio||Henry Burr ; Ruth Lenox||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||591||10-in.||approximately Feb. 1919||Just another good man gone wrong||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-7069||10-in.||ca. Nov. 1919||That wonderful kid from Madrid||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-7965||10-in.||June 1921||Mimi (Mee Mee)||Rega Orchestra ; Aileen Stanley||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-73038||10-in.||12/18/1924||It takes a little rain with the sunshine||Fiddlin' John Carson||Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin)||lyricist|
|OKeh||W80993||10-in.||6/8/1927||Charlie boy (We love you)||Noel Taylor||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81808||10-in.||11/10/1927||Oh! My operation||Jack Lynch||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|OKeh||W400846||10-in.||7/2/1928||On the night we did the boom boom by the sea||Fred Hall ; Sugar Babies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W401035||10-in.||7/28/1928||Indiana||Eddie Condon's Quartet||Jazz/dance quartet, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W401151||10-in.||9/26/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Richard Jordon||Pipe organ solo, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W401229||10-in.||10/16/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|OKeh||W403035||10-in.||10/7/1929||A year from today||Charles W. Hamp||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||W403527||10-in.||12/18/1929||I'm following you||Smith Ballew Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W403583||10-in.||1/4/1930||I'm following you!||Arthur Schutt Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
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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