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Ballard MacDonald


Tin Skillet Alley lyricist Ballard MacDonald was created Oct 15, 1882, in Portland, OR, and later on moved to NY to get a songwriting profession. Doing work for the J. Fred Helf posting company, MacDonald published lyrics for any song known as “Play That Barber-Shop Chord” in 1910, which became popular with modified lyrics when it had been sung within the Ziegfeld Follies by vaudeville celebrity Bert Williams. MacDonald, nevertheless, was not correctly credited like a article writer, and effectively sued Helf for 37,500 dollars, which place the business out of business. MacDonald eventually caused composer Harry Carroll on such music as “In the Mississippi” (1912), “The Path from the Lonesome Pine” (1912, in line with the million-selling novel), and “IT REQUIRES a Little Rainfall With sunlight to help make the Globe Go Circular.” His following profitable relationship was with Adam Hanley, which created the 1917 strike “(BACK Once again In) Indiana,” a tune motivated by Paul Dresser’s “In the Banks from the Wabash.” The next season, MacDonald co-wrote the lyrics to Hanley’s “Three Great Letters from your home” with Joe Goodwin, and established words and phrases to Mary Earl’s “Gorgeous Ohio,” that was afterwards followed as Ohio’s public state tune. In the first ’20s, MacDonald changed his focus on Broadway revues, which in 1924 brought him his perhaps most obviously musical collaborator in George Gershwin; MacDonald and Pal DeSylva co-wrote the lyrics to Gershwin’s “Someone Loves Me,” highlighted within the musical George White’s Scandals. In 1926, MacDonald teamed up with Walter Donaldson to create music for the Broadway present Sweetheart Time, and in addition done the stage and film adaptations from the British present Battling Butler, which in its display screen incarnation starred Buster Keaton. Henceforth, MacDonald also taken care of the book for most from the musicals to which he added songs. His music also began showing up in films, especially in 1930’s It’s an excellent Lifestyle, where he and Dave Dreyer penned “The Hoosier Hop” and “I’m Pursuing You.” 1934’s Thumbs Up was MacDonald’s last Broadway display; he passed on on November 17, 1935.

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Full Name Ballard MacDonald
Died November 17, 1935, Forest Hills, New York City, New York, United States
Education Princeton University
Music Songs Beautiful Ohio, Back Home In Indiana", Back Home Again in Indiana, Breeze

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1 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.



Doctors 2013 TV Series music - 1 episode
Boardwalk Empire 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Professor Norman Cornett 2009 Documentary writer: "Back Home Again in Indiana"
American Masters 2007 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
7th Heaven 2006 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
See You in My Dreams 2004 TV Movie writer: "The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine"
The Cat's Meow 2001 lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me" 1924, "Rose of Washington Square Version 1" 1919 / writer: "Breeze" 1919
Strangers with Candy 2000 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Sweet and Lowdown 1999 writer: "Indiana Back Home Again In" 1917
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults 1997 TV Movie documentary lyrics: "Rose of Washington Square" - uncredited
It Came from Somewhere Else 1988 lyrics: "Trail of the Lonesome Pine"
3-2-1 1987 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Hoosiers 1986 lyrics: "Indiana Back Home Again in Indiana"
The 37th Annual Tony Awards 1983 TV Special lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me"
Parade of Stars 1983 TV Movie writer: "Rose of Washington Square"
The Year of Living Dangerously 1982 lyrics: "Beautiful Ohio Waltz"
American Pop 1981 lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me"
Top of the Pops 1976 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Funny Lady 1975 lyrics: "Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley" - uncredited
The Johnny Cash Show 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Little of What You Fancy 1968 Documentary writer: "Somebody Loves Me"
The Dean Martin Show 1966-1968 TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes
Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 music: "Rose of Washington Square" - uncredited
Shindig! 1964-1965 TV Series lyrics - 3 episodes
The Ed Sullivan Show 1963 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glenn Miller Time TV Series writer - 1 episode, 1961 lyrics - 1 episode
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1960 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Gene Krupa Story 1959 lyrics: "Indiana" - uncredited
The Five Pennies 1959 lyrics: " Back Home Again in Indiana" 1917 - uncredited
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1959 writer - 1 episode, 1958
Jazz Party 1958 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Peter Gunn 1958 TV Series music: "Somebody Loves Me"
The Edsel Show 1957 TV Special lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited
The Helen Morgan Story 1957 lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited
The Nat King Cole Show 1956-1957 TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes
The Montecarlo Story 1956 lyrics: "Indiana" - uncredited
Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited
Deep in My Heart 1954 lyrics: "I Love to Go Swimmin' with Wimmen"
The I Don't Care Girl 1953 lyrics: "On the Mississippi" - uncredited
Somebody Loves Me 1952 lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited
With a Song in My Heart 1952 lyrics: "INDIANA"
Fixed Bayonets! 1951 lyrics: "Indiana" - uncredited
Droopy's Good Deed 1951 Short lyrics: "Beautiful Ohio"
Kreisler Bandstand 1951 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lullaby of Broadway 1951 lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited
In the Good Old Summertime 1949 writer: "Play That Barbershop Chord" - uncredited
Musical Merry-Go-Round No. 6 1948 Short lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me"
Cowboy Blues 1946 lyrics: "Back Home Again in Indiana"
The Dolly Sisters 1945 lyrics: "On the Mississippi" - uncredited
Rhapsody in Blue 1945 lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited
Sunday Dinner for a Soldier 1944 lyrics: "Indiana" - uncredited
Broadway Rhythm 1944 lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me"
Hoosier Holiday 1943 lyrics: " Back Home Again in Indiana"
Variety Jubilee 1943 writer: "On the Mississippi" - uncredited
Tahiti Honey 1943 writer: "Clap Hands Here Comes Charley" - uncredited
Cairo 1942 lyrics: "Beautiful Ohio" 1918 - uncredited
Remember the Day 1941 lyrics: "Indiana" - uncredited
Remember the Night 1940 lyrics: "Back Home Again in Indiana" 1917 - uncredited
The Frozen Limits 1939 lyrics: "If I Should Plant a Tiny Seed of Love" 1909 - uncredited
Rose of Washington Square 1939 lyrics: "Rose of Washington Square"
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 1938 lyrics: "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers"
Way Out West 1937 lyrics: "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" 1913 - uncredited
Hello Pop 1933 Short lyrics: "I'm Sailing on a Sunbeam"
Mr. Robinson Crusoe 1932 writer: "A Year from Today" - uncredited
Palmy Days 1931 lyrics: "Bend Down, Sister" 1931 - uncredited
Only Saps Work 1930 writer: "Find the Girl"
Paramount on Parade 1930 writer: "We're the Masters of Ceremony"
Be Yourself! 1930 lyrics: "Kickin a Hole in the Sky" 1930 - uncredited
The Melody Man 1930 writer: "Broken Dreams"
A Night in a Dormitory 1930 Short lyrics: "I Love a Man in a Uniform" - uncredited
New York Nights 1929 writer: "A Year From Today" - uncredited
It's a Great Life 1929 lyrics: "I'm Following You", "I'm Sailing on a Sunbeam!", "Hoosier Hop" - uncredited
After the Show 1929 Short lyrics: "Jig-a-Boo-Jig" - uncredited
Song of the Roses 1929 Short lyrics: "Rose of Washington Square"
My Man 1928 lyrics: "I Was a Floradora Baby" - uncredited
Our Dancing Daughters 1928 lyrics: "I Loved You Then As I Love You Now" 1927 - uncredited
Trail of the Lonesome Pine 1927 Short lyrics: "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine"



Speedy Justice 1935 Short dialogue
Desert Harmonies 1935 Short
Telephone Blues 1935 Short original screenplay
Supper at Six 1933 Short writer
The Big Casino 1933 Short writer
The Big Benefit 1933 Short story
All at Sea 1933/I Short
On the Air and Off 1933 Short writer
Stephen Foster 1933 Short dialogue

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The Herb Shriner Show 1949 TV Series composer: theme "Back Home in Indiana"
Hello Pop 1933 Short additional lyrics



The Big Casino 1933 Short

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