Andrew Mack (actor)

Andrew Mack

Andrew Mack, born William Andrew McAloon, (July 25, 1863[1] – May 21, 1931[2]) was an American vaudevillian, actor, singer and songwriter of Irish descent.[1]


A native of Boston, Massachusetts, he began his career at an early age in 1876 using the stage name Andrew Williams.[3] He began in minstrel shows, and was especially associated with the song "A Violet From Mother's Grave".[4][5] In 1892, he debuted in vaudeville.[6]

He composed songs for himself to sing. In 1899, he composed the popular song "The Story of the Rose (Heart of My Heart)" which became a standard of barbershop quartets.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Floyd Davis (August 1909). "The Irish People and the Stage". The Green Book Album. Story-Press association. II (2): 305, 381.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Andrew Mack". Variety. May 27, 1931. Retrieved 2015-01-14. Online at Internet Archive.
  3. ^ Thomas S. Hischak (2004). The Oxford Companion to American Theatre. Oxford University Press. p. 407. ISBN 978-0-19-516986-7.
  4. ^ Marian Spitzer (2002) [1925]. "The Lay of the Last Minstrels". In Karl Koenig (ed.). Jazz in Print (1859–1929). Pendragon Press. p. 397. ISBN 978-1-57647-024-4.
  5. ^ Edward Le Roy Rice (1911). Monarchs of Minstrelsy, from "Daddy" Rice to date. Kenny Publishing Co. p. 315.
  6. ^ Stanley Appelbaum; James Camner (2013). Stars of the American Musical Theater in Historic Photographs. Courier Corporation. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-486-14930-1.
  7. ^ "The Story of the Rose". Heritage of Harmony Sheet Music. 1988. Archived from the original on 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2015-01-14 – via

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