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|
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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