Starting The Week off on a High Note
- I have decided to try and start each new week off on a positive high note. But being a glass half empty kind of guy I suspect things will turn into crap soon enough.
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 the recording industry.
Based upon the ledgers of the four major record companies of the early twentieth century (Edison, Victor, Columbia and Brunswick), which are accessible online through the Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR), some of his most popular recordings included “Shine On, Harvest Moon” (with Elise Stevenson), “Down By The Old Mill Stream”, “They Didn’t Believe Me” (with Olive Kline), “Tell Me, Pretty Maiden” (with Grace Spencer), and “Where The River Shannon Flows”.
When You Were Sweet Sixteen (1901)
Charted at #3 in August 1901. Even earlier recordings were made by George J. Gaskin and Jere Mahoney. J.W. Myers also recorded the song in 1901, and Perry Como had a hit with a remake in 1947. Also recorded by Al Jolson and the Mills Brothers in 1947. Written by James Thornton and first published in 1898.
1908 Harry Macdonough & Elise Stevenson - Shine On, Harvest Moon
Label-billed as “Miss Walton,” that’s Briitsh-born American soprano Elise Stevenson joining Harry for this pop standard, written by the married Vaudeville team of Nora Bayes & Jack Norworth and introduced in “Ziegfeld Follies of 1908.” CD audio source, original issue on Victor 16259 - Shine On, Harvest Moon (Bayes-Norworth) by Miss Walton and Mr. Macdonough, recorded in Camden NJ December 23, 1908