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 51-73 of 73 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Downey, Morton," accessed November 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108320.
Downey, Morton. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108320.
"Downey, Morton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 November 2020.
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