Lex Macdonald is from Dunedin, New Zealand. Already well known in New Zealand, he was sponsored to have his voice recorded but had to go to Sydney as the resources were not in New Zealand. The twelve 78rpm sides Lex recorded in Sydney in 1932 at the age of 15 carried his voice to an even wider public.
On his return, Lex undertook a nationwide concert tour, retiring at the end of it when his voice changed. He later continued singing as a baritone in choirs and as a soloist but never took it up as a fulltime occupation. In 1954 he was a soloist with the New Zealand National Symphony Orchestra in a Royal Concert given before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Lex died on the 11th October 2010 aged 93. His funeral started with his recording of "Hark, Hark the Lark".
Soundarchives NZ Recordings from the 1930s and a more recent ten-minute interview with Lex (1990s?) are available on CDR.