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Morton Downey

John Morton Downey (November 14, 1901 – October 25, 1985) was an American singer and entertainer popular in the United States of America in the first half of the 20th century, enjoying his greatest success in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Downey was nicknamed "The Irish Nightingale".

Birth and Death Data: Born November 14th, 1901 (Wallingford), Died October 25th, 1985 (Palm Beach)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, songwriter

Notes: Also recorded under the name Morton James.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-29979 10-in. 5/9/1924 Nightingale Nelson Maples ; S.S. Leviathan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and bird imitations vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-48162 10-in. 11/14/1928 How about me? Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-48163 10-in. 11/14/1928 I m sorry, Sally Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-49276 10-in. 12/19/1928 My inspiration is you Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-49277 10-in. 12/19/1928 Little Irish rose Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-49278 10-in. 12/19/1928 Rosemary Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-49670 10-in. 1/21/1929 I'll always be in love with you Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-49795 10-in. 3/26/1929 There's a place in the sun for you Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-50752 10-in. 3/13/1929 There'll be you and I Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-50753 10-in. 3/13/1929 The world is yours and mine Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-50928 10-in. 3/11/1929 I'll always be Mother's boy Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-51623 10-in. 4/13/1929 There's the one for me Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-51624 10-in. 4/13/1929 This is heaven Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-51688 10-in. 5/7/1929 You're just another memory Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-51689 10-in. 5/7/1929 That's you, baby Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-53044 10-in. 4/21/1931 Now you're in my arms Gene Austin Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BRC-53052 10-in. 4/23/1931 Now you're in my arms Bert Lown Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Elmer Feldkamp Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BVE-53582 10-in. 6/25/1929 Love is a dreamer Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-53583 10-in. 6/25/1929 When they sing "The wearin' of the green" Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-57966 10-in. 12/30/1929 The shepherd's serenade Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-57967 10-in. 12/30/1929 That wonderful something (Is love) Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-67498 10-in. 3/10/1931 Wabash moon Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-67507 10-in. 2/18/1931 Wabash moon Wayne King Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet songwriter  
Victor BVE-68802 10-in. 3/12/1931 If you should ever need me (You'll always find me here) Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-68885 10-in. 4/9/1931 Mother's apron strings Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-68886 10-in. 4/9/1931 The little old church in the valley Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-70103 10-in. 6/30/1931 Now you're in my arms Georges Metaxa Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BVE-70266 10-in. 10/5/1931 Carolina moon Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-Test-468 10-in. 6/15/1931 Wabash moon Frances Langford Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Victor [Trial 1923-08-20-01] 10-in. 8/20/1923 When Irish eyes are smiling Morton Downey Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1923-08-20-02] 10-in. 8/20/1923 Out where the blue begins Morton Downey Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1927-04-20-06] 10-in. 4/20/1927 Mary dear, I miss you Morton Downey Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W151282 10-in. 2/6/1931 Wabash moon The Cavaliers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet songwriter  
Columbia W151373 10-in. 2/27/1931 Wabash moon Charlie Lawman Male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W151420 10-in. 3/13/1931 Wabash moon Kate Smith Female vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W151548 10-in. 5/7/1931 Now you're in my arms Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W151553 10-in. 5/15/1931 Now you're in my arms James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh W404833 10-in. 1/27/1931 Wabash moon Ed Kirkeby Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick 15608-15609 10-in. 4/21/1925 The melody that made you mine Morton Downey ; Dan Lieberfeld Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick 15610-15611 10-in. 4/21/1925 When the one you love loves you Morton Downey ; Dan Lieberfeld Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E15612 10-in. 4/21/1925 When the one you love loves you Morton Downey ; Dan Lieberfeld Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E15613 10-in. 4/21/1925 The melody that made you mine Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E16183-E16185 10-in. 8/20/1925 Memories Morton Downey ; Harry Parrella Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E16186-E16188 10-in. 8/20/1925 Lonesome, that's all Morton Downey ; Harry Perrella Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E16238-E16241 10-in. 8/26/1925 I'm falling in love with some one Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E16242-E16245 10-in. 8/26/1925 I'll take you home again, Kathleen Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E16589-E16591 10-in. 10/10/1925 The lonesomest girl in town Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E16592-E16594 10-in. 10/10/1925 Cross my heart, Mother (I love you) Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E16617-E16619 10-in. 10/14/1925 Let the rest of the world go by Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E16636-E16638 10-in. 10/15/1925 The world is waiting for the sunrise Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E17112-E17113 10-in. 12/17/1925 The world is waiting for the sunrise Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E17364-E17366 10-in. 1/5/1926 Lo-nah Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E36451 10-in. 4/9/1931 Now you’re in my arms Crooning Troubadours ; Nick Lucas ; Nick Lucas Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick E17393½-E17397 10-in. 1/8/1926 Just a cottage small (By a waterfall) Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with string quartet and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E20867-E20868 10-in. 12/3/1926 Since I found you Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E20869-E20871 10-in. 12/3/1926 The little white house (At the end of Honeymoon Lane) Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Edison 9123 10-in. 8/25/1923 Where rainbows end Morton Downey Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone Bb19981 10-in. 9/8/1930 Say a little prayer for me Morton Downey Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 63391 10-in. 3/11/1938 Home sweet home Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 63392 10-in. 3/11/1938 Love's old sweet song Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 63397 10-in. 3/11/1938 When day is done Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 63398 10-in. 3/11/1938 A perfect day Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 72089 10-in. 5/8/1944 Precious Lord hold my hand Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 72090 10-in. 5/8/1944 Christopher Robin is saying his prayers Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 72091 10-in. 5/8/1944 Spring will be a little late this year Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 80531 2/14/1951 Goodnight sweet Jesus Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 80532 2/14/1951 Take my hand, precious Lord Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 80533 2/14/1951 My desire Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 80534 2/14/1951 When I've done my best Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 80625 2/28/1951 I've been a stranger in my family Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 80626 2/28/1951 Just a closer walk with Thee Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 80627 2/28/1951 O Lord, I am not worthy Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 80628 2/28/1951 Hear me Lord Morton Downey vocalist, tenor vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Downey, Morton," accessed November 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108320.

Downey, Morton. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108320.

"Downey, Morton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 November 2020.

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