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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 26-50 of 1752 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 0801 7-in. Nov. 1899-Jan. 1900 Mandy Lee Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0802 7-in. 12/8/1899 Dear old soul Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0803 7-in. 12/8/1899 Little black me Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0830 7-in. Dec. 1899 Good bye, sweet dreams, good bye Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0895 7-in. 1/16/1900 Lord is my shepherd Florence Hayward ; Harry Macdonough Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0896 7-in. 1/16/1900 Oh, for the wings of a dove Florence Hayward ; Harry Macdonough Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0897 7-in. 1/16/1900 Life's dream is o'er Florence Hayward ; Harry Macdonough Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0898 7-in. 1/16/1900 Nearest and dearest Florence Hayward ; Harry Macdonough Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0899 7-in. 1/16/1900 Home to our mountains Florence Hayward ; Harry Macdonough Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0900 7-in. 1/16/1900 Estudiantina Florence Hayward ; Harry Macdonough Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0935 7-in. 2/6/1900 A picture no artist can paint Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0936 7-in. 2/6/1900 I'm glad I met you Mary Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0937 7-in. 2/6/1900 The stories that mother told me Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0938 7-in. 2/6/1900 The day that's gone can never come again Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0939 7-in. 2/6/1900 Fifty years go by Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0940 7-in. 2/6/1900 My sunny southern home Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0941 7-in. 2/6/1900 Maggie O'Connor Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0942 7-in. 2/6/1900 She was happy till she met you Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 0943 7-in. 2/6/1900 Promises of light Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01022 7-in. Feb. 1900 My dreams Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01023 7-in. Feb. 1900 The only American girl Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01035 7-in. 2/28/1900 The Irish swell Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01036 7-in. Feb. 1900 My bed is like a little boat Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01037 7-in. 2/28/1900 Many years ago Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01038 7-in. 2/28/1900 Twas but a dream Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 26-50 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.

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

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