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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 101-125 of 1752 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]533 10-in. 9/8/1902 I can't tell why I love you, but I do Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]534 7-in. 11/21/1900 Drinking song Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]535 7-in. 11/21/1900 Sally Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]536 7-in. 11/21/1900 The tale of the kangaroo Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]605 7-in. 1/8/1901 Where is my wandering boy tonight? Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with organ vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]609 7-in. 1/8/1901 Side by side Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]610 7-in. 1/8/1901 My sweet queen Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]611 7-in. 1/8/1901 When the birds go north again Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]611 10-in. 2/9/1903 When the birds go north again Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]612 7-in. 1/8/1901 A picture without a frame Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]613 7-in. 1/8/1901 The girl I should have married long ago Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]613 10-in. 11/20/1901 The girl I should have married long ago Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]614 7-in. 1/8/1901 Here's to the rose Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]615 7-in. 1/8/1901 Home, sweet home Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]628 7-in. 1/23/1901 A-B-C Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]629 7-in. 1/23/1901 D-E Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]630 7-in. 1/23/1901 F-G-H-I Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]631 7-in. 1/23/1901 J-K-L-M Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]632 7-in. 1/23/1901 N-O-P Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]633 7-in. 1/23/1901 Q-R-S-T Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]634 7-in. 1/23/1901 U-V-W Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]635 7-in. 1/23/1901 X-Y-Z Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]636 7-in. 1/23/1901 My old Kentucky home Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]636 10-in. 4/8/1902 My old Kentucky home Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]637 7-in. 1/23/1901 Love me, Phoebe Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 101-125 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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