Dick McDonough

Decades: 2000s


Richard Tobin McDonough, 30 July 1904, New York City, New York, USA, d. 25 May 1938, New York City, New York, USA. Guitarist McDonough began on banjo and by the mid-20s was in great demand on record sessions by jazz groups, popular singers and dance bands of the day. Among the artists with whom he recorded were Red Nichols, Red McKenzie, Connee Boswell, Benny Goodman, Mildred Bailey and Glenn Miller. His career continued into the 30s, which saw a particularly fruitful musical partnership with fellow-guitarist Carl Kress. McDonough’s high-pressure musical life was matched by equally high living, and his health finally gave out. Although often overlooked, McDonough was an important figure in the development of jazz guitar and his recorded work, especially that with Kress, is worthy of study.

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