US singer and songwriter
1878 – Ernest Ball was born on the 22nd of July in Cleveland, Ohio.
He was trained at the Cleveland Conservatory.
1905 – Ball was already in New York City.
1906 – Ball had a dual career, writing songs and also singing them himself on the vaudeville stages.
1907 – Charter member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and signed a contract with Witmark Music as a demonstrator and house composer.
1907-1910 – Wrote a number of popular songs including the first of his Irish ballads, "Mother Machree".
1912 – He wrote "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling".
1927 – Ball died on the 3rd of May in Santa Ana, California.
He collaborated with several lyricist including Chauncey Olcott, George Graff, Darl MacBoyle, J. Kiern Brennan, James J. Walker, Arthur Penn, Annelu Burns and David Reed.