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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 (Results 26-50 of 73 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 73 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Downey, Morton," accessed November 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108320.

Downey, Morton. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108320.

"Downey, Morton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 November 2020.

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