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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 51-75 of 1752 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 01039 7-in. 2/28/1900 The queen of Bohemia Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01040 7-in. 2/28/1900 Lullaby Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01115 7-in. 3/16/1900 Autumn song Florence Hayward ; Harry Macdonough Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01116 7-in. 3/16/1900 The may-bells and the flowers Florence Hayward ; Harry Macdonough Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01118 7-in. 3/16/1900 I would that my love Florence Hayward ; Harry Macdonough Female-male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01130 7-in. Mar. 1900 A bird in a gilded cage Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01135 7-in. 3/28/1900 Minstrel 1st part, no. 2 Gramophone Minstrels ; Harry Macdonough Minstrels; Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01142 7-in. 3/23/1900 My old Kentucky home Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01143 7-in. 3/23/1900 The blue and the gray Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01144 7-in. 3/23/1900 Come love, go love Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01146 7-in. 3/23/1900 Hush thee now, my babe Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01147 7-in. 3/23/1900 Wait Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01148 7-in. 3/23/1900 The love lorn lily Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Berliner 01302 7-in. Before June 1900 My lady Lou Haydn Quartet ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal quartet, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]53 7-in. 6/2/1900 The story of the rose Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]55 7-in. 10/30/1901 In the shade of the palm Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]55 10-in. 2/3/1903 In the shade of the palm Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]83 7-in. 6/11/1900 The blue and the gray Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]84 7-in. 6/11/1900 Maggie O'Connor Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]85 7-in. 6/11/1900 Since that day Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]88 7-in. 6/11/1900 Lovelorn Lily Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]90 7-in. 6/13/1900 The girl I loved in sunny Tennessee S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]91 7-in. 6/13/1900 Just as the sun went down S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]92 7-in. 6/13/1900 'Mid the green fields of Virginia S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]94 7-in. 6/14/1900 The Holy City Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 51-75 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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