Harry Macdonough

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Harry Macdonough
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Background information
Birth name John Scantlebury Macdonald
Born (1871-05-30)May 30, 1871
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Died September 26, 1931(1931-09-26) (aged 60)
New York
Occupation(s) Recording executive

John Scantlebury Macdonald (May 30, 1871 – September 26, 1931) was a Canadian singer and recording executive. Under the pseudonym Harry Macdonough, he was one of the most prolific and popular tenors during the formative years of recorded music.

A c. 1902 recording of the 1897 song, "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" by Paul Dresser, sang by Harry MacDonough, published by Edison Records

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Macdonald was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His earliest recorded performances were for the Michigan Electric Company in Detroit, which made phonograph cylinders for penny arcades. He caught the attention of Edison Records with a demo recording he made in October 1898, and began recording for Edison in The Haydn Quartet. From 1899 until his retirement in 1920, he recorded hundreds of songs both as a soloist and in ensembles.

During the 1900s Macdonald took a job with the Victor Talking Machine Company, becoming assistant manager and later manager of its New York studio. As studio manager he oversaw the studio schedule, as well as negotiating contracts with artists and music publishers. Macdonald rose rapidly at Victor, becoming its national sales manager in 1920 and manager of artists and repertoire in 1923. He moved to Columbia Records in 1925 and oversaw the technical development of its studios until his death. One of Macdonald's lesser-known performances is for performing "Tessie", then billed as "Tessie (You Are The Only Only Only)" from the Broadway musical The Silver Slipper in 1902, becoming a rallying cry for the Boston Red Sox until 1918 and starting again in 2004 during the World Series.

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