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Harry Macdonough

John Scantlebury Macdonald (May 30, 1871 – September 26, 1931) was a Canadian singer and recording executive. Under the pseudonym Harry Macdonough, he was one of the most prolific and popular tenors during the formative years of the recording industry. Based upon the ledgers of the four major record companies of the early twentieth century (Edison, Victor, Columbia and Brunswick), which are accessible online through the Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR), some of his most popular recordings included “Shine On, Harvest Moon” (with Elise Stevenson), “Down By The Old Mill Stream”, “They Didn’t Believe Me” (with Olive Kline), “Tell Me, Pretty Maiden” (with Grace Spencer), and “Where The River Shannon Flows”.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 30th, 1871 (Hamilton), Died September 26th, 1931 (New York)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, performer, whistling, speaker

Recordings (Results 226-250 of 1752 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]1328 12-in. 6/10/1902 The daisy and the butterfly S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1329 7-in. 3/17/1902 Bye and bye you will forget me S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1329 10-in. 3/17/1902 Bye and bye you will forget me S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]1329 12-in. 6/10/1902 Bye and bye you will forget me S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1353 7-in. 4/8/1902 The maiden with the dreamy eyes Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1353 10-in. 4/8/1902 The maiden with the dreamy eyes Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1359 7-in. 4/16/1902 Life's dream is o'er Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1359 10-in. 4/16/1902 Life's dream is o'er Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1360 7-in. 4/16/1902 Home to our mountains Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Vocal duet (soprano and tenor) vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1360 10-in. 4/16/1902 Home to our mountains Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Vocal duet (soprano and tenor) vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1361 7-in. 4/16/1902 The Lord is my shepherd Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1361 10-in. 4/16/1902 The Lord is my shepherd Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1362 7-in. 4/16/1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1362 10-in. 4/16/1902 Tell me pretty maiden Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1363 7-in. 4/16/1902 When two little hearts are one Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1363 10-in. 4/16/1902 When two little hearts are one Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1391 7-in. 5/17/1902 On a Sunday afternoon Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1391 10-in. 5/17/1902 On a Sunday afternoon Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1392 7-in. 5/17/1902 On a Saturday night Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1392 10-in. 5/17/1902 On a Saturday night Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]1392 12-in. 5/28/1902 On a Saturday night Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1393 7-in. 5/17/1902 Josephine, my Jo Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1393 10-in. 5/17/1902 Josephine, my Jo Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1394 7-in. 5/17/1902 In the moonlight with the girl you love Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1394 10-in. 5/17/1902 In the moonlight with the girl you love Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 226-250 of 1752 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Macdonough, Harry," accessed March 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107888.

Macdonough, Harry. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107888.

"Macdonough, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 March 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107888

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