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 201-225 of 265 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||W404517||10-in.||10/30/1930||Somebody loves me||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|OKeh||[OK cat 1110-B]||10-in.||approximately 1918||Dreaming of home sweet home||Miriam Fine||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||[OK cat 1269-b]||10-in.||approximately 1919||Broken blossoms||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||[OK cat 40558-A]||10-in.||approximately 1926||Clap hands! Here comes Charley!||Johnny Marvin||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||833||10-in.||approximately early 1917||Indiana||Wm. Schafer||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||[Br cat 5175-a]||10-in.||approximately Oct. 1917||The rag time volunteers are off to war||Arthur Collins||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||[Br cat 5200-b]||10-in.||approximately Jan. 1918||Chin chin Chinaman||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||[Br cat 5212-a]||10-in.||approximately Mar. 1918||Three wonderful letters from home||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||[Br cat 5214-a]||10-in.||approximately Apr. 1918||How could Washington be a married man and never, never tell a lie?||Dan W. Quinn||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||6082-6083||10-in.||approximately July 1921||Mimi||Billy Jones||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||14509-14511||10-in.||12/17/1924||At the end of the road||Radio Franks||Male vocal duet, with string quartet and piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E16398-E16400||10-in.||9/17/1925||Indiana||Criterion Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E17647-E17649||10-in.||1/22/1926||Clap hands, here comes Charlie!||The Merrymakers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||IND664||10-in.||6/23/1928||The trail of the lonesome pine||Floyd Thompson Home Towners ; Frank Owens ; Jack Tilson||Instrumental quartet, with male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C2557||10-in.||11/12/1928||Somebody loves me||Freddie Rose||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C3766||10-in.||7/2/1929||Somebody loves me||Baker Hotel Orchestra ; Henry Lange||Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C3903||10-in.||7/19/1929||Somebody loves me||Baker Hotel Orchestra ; Henry Lange||Jazz/dance band, with vocal||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C5030||10-in.||12/17/1929||Hoosier hop||Ray Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G)||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C1120-C1122||10-in.||9/4/1927||Since Henry Ford apologized to me||Jimmy Hussey||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C1123-C1125||10-in.||9/4/1927||Rose of the studios||Jimmy Hussey||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Brunswick||LTR221||10-in.||9/27/1929||I’m following you||Lawrence Gray||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||LAE665||10-in.||11/18/1929||I’m following you||Jesse Stafford Palace Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||lyricist|
|Brunswick||LAE666||10-in.||11/18/1929||I’m sailing on a sunbeam||Jesse Stafford Palace Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||lyricist|
|Brunswick||LAE667||10-in.||11/18/1929||I’m following you||Lawrence Gray||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Brunswick||LAE668||10-in.||11/18/1929||I’m sailing on a sunbeam||Lawrence Gray||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||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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