Donald Hugh McBride was born in Brooklyn, New York City, in 1893 (not 1889 or 1894 as given in some sources). He began his career as a teenage singer in vaudeville and went on to be an actor on Broadway. In 1938 he went to Hollywood to make RKO's film version of "Room Service" and many films followed (including "The Seven Year Itch"), as well as appearances on TV. He died in Los Angeles on 21 June 1957, only two days short of his 64th birthday. BJP
Most details of his recordings are taken from "The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Records" by Ted Fagan & Wm. R. Moran (1986).
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Donald Hugh MacBride "Angels, Ever Bright and Fair" (from oratorio "Theodora" (1750) by Handel) with the Victor Orchestra (matrix B-4934-2, rec. 15 Nov. 1907 at 76.6 rpm). In their advertising Victor refer to MacBride just as a "soprano", not "boy soprano"; the disc was priced at 60 cents. Noted in Victor advertisement & release list at the time as having orchestral accompaniment (compare unissued items), but listed in Fagan & Moran's discography as piano accompaniment.
Donald Hugh MacBride 10-inch matrices: B-4933 (takes -1, -2) rec. 15 Nov. 1907: "Come Unto Him" (Handel's "Messiah") B-4935 (takes -1, -2) rec. 15 Nov. 1907: "Sing Me to Sleep" (song, 1902, music by Graham Clifton Bingham (1859-1913), wds by Edwin Greene) Both recorded with orchestral accompaniment. B-6853 Noted as a remake of "Angels, Ever Bright and Fair", probably* dating from mid-March 1909, but not clear why allocated a new matrix number nor whether issued. The later recording may have replaced the earlier one, in which case both versions may exist under the same catalogue number. * B6823 = 10 March 1909; B6919 = 26 March 1909.
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