Timeline

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1878

July 22 - Ernest R. Ball is born in Cleveland, Ohio


1890

Enters the Cleveland Conservatory


1904

Serves as Musical Director for the Broadway production Mrs. Black is Back


1905

Contributes songs to the stage production Simple Simon Simple


1905

While living in New York City, Ball is presented with a few verses written by NY State Senator James Walker. Ball put music to the lyrics thus creating his first published composition WILL YOU LOVE ME IN DECEMBER AS YOU DO IN MAY.


1906

Writes and performs on the vaudeville circuit.


1907

Signs with music publishing company Witmark Music as a demonstrator and house composer


1910

Writes the first of many Irish ballads, MOTHER MACHREE


1911

MOTHER MACHREE reaches the #1 spot on the Billboard charts with a recording by John McCormack


1911

January 30 - Barry of Ballymore opens at the Grand Opera House


1912

Writes the legendary standard WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING


1912

February 15 - Macushla opens at the Grand Opera House


1913

Chauncey Olcott's cover recording of MOTHER MACHREE reaches the top ten on the pop charts


1913

WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING reaches the #1 spot on the Billboard charts with a recording by Chauncey Olcott


1913

January 27 - The Isle of Dreams opens at Grand Opera House


1914

Contributes songs to the Broadway production Shameen Dhu


1914

November 23 - The Heart of Paddy Whack opens at Grand Opera House


1914

Charter Member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers


1915

George MacFarlane's recording of LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN reaches the #1 spot on the Billboard charts


1915

Taylor Trio's cover of the 1911 #1 hit MOTHER MACHREE reaches #5 on the Billboard charts


1917

John McCormack's cover of the 1913 #1 hit song WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING reaches #4 on the pop charts


1918

Charles Harrison's recording of DEAR LITTLE BOY OF MINE reaches #6 on the Billboard charts


1919

Will Oakland's cover recording of DEAR LITTLE BOY OF MINE reaches #7 on the Billboard charts


1920

LET THE REST OF THE WORLD GO BY hits the #2 spot on the Billboard charts with a recording by Elizabeth Spencer


1927

May 3 - Ernest Ball dies in Santa Ana, CA


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