|Birth name||Richard McDonough|
|Origin||New York City|
|Died||May 25, 1938
New York City
|Associated acts||The Dorsey Brothers, Red Nichols, Carl Kress, Eddie Lang|
McDonough began playing banjo and mandolin in high school. An athlete, he played left-handed because, according to McDonough, that was how he held his hockey stick. At Georgetown University, he performed professionally at weekend dances and two years later started a band. He attended Columbia Law School after college and while there played with bands in New York City. McDonough played with Red Nichols in 1927 as a banjoist, and soon after played with Paul Whiteman. He began studying the guitar, and eventually was in demand for session work, recording with the Dorsey Brothers, Red Nichols, and Miff Mole. In the 1930s, he performed in a duo with jazz guitarist Carl Kress.
Other credits include session work with The Boswell Sisters, Joe Venuti, Benny Goodman, Adrian Rollini, Red Norvo, Jack Teagarden, Johnny Mercer, Billie Holiday, Artie Shaw, Claude Thornhill, Pee Wee Russell, Frankie Trumbauer, Glenn Miller, and Gene Gifford. He played in the Jam Session at Victor with Fats Waller, Tommy Dorsey, Bunny Berigan, and George Wettling.
- Dick McDonough & His Orchestra, Vol. 1 (Swing Time, 2000)
- Dick McDonough & His Orchestra, Vol. 2 (Swing Time, 2000)
- Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, and Dick McDonough (Retrieval)