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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 76-100 of 1752 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]94 10-in. 6/6/1902 The Holy City Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]95 7-in. 6/14/1900 Killarney Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]95 10-in. 4/8/1902 Killarney Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]96 7-in. 6/16/1900 Sing again that sweet refrain Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]96 10-in. 1/2/1903 Sing again that sweet refrain Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]98 7-in. 6/16/1900 Sing me a song of the sunny South Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]99 7-in. 6/16/1900 My wild Irish rose Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]100 7-in. 6/15/1900 Verdi's Attila Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]100 10-in. 11/7/1901 Verdi's Attila Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]102 7-in. 6/15/1900 Unchain the dogs of war Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]102 10-in. 11/7/1901 Unchain the dogs of war Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]103 7-in. 6/15/1900 When I was a lad Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]103 10-in. 11/7/1901 When I was a lad Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]104 7-in. 6/15/1900 The torpedo and the whale Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]104 10-in. 11/7/1901 The torpedo and the whale Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]106 7-in. 6/16/1900 My dreams Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]106 10-in. 1/23/1901 My dreams Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]108 7-in. 6/16/1900 The palms Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]108 10-in. 11/20/1901 The palms Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]297 7-in. 11/7/1900 Farewell, my own Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]297 10-in. 11/7/1901 Farewell my own Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]298 7-in. 11/7/1900 Trio from Iolanthe Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]298 10-in. 11/7/1901 Trio from Iolanthe Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]492 7-in. 11/7/1900 The duchess of Central Park Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]533 7-in. 11/21/1900 I can't tell why I love you, but I do Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 76-100 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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