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Jimmy Shand - Bluebell Polka
Jimmy Shand - Bluebell Polka
Published: 2013/08/12
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Jimmy Shand - Gay Gordons
Jimmy Shand - Gay Gordons
Published: 2013/08/12
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♫ JIMMY SHAND
♫ JIMMY SHAND'S PARTY ♫
Published: 2013/07/04
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Jimmy Shand - Virginia Reel
Jimmy Shand - Virginia Reel
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Jimmy Shand and His Band - Bluebell Polka (1955)
Jimmy Shand and His Band - Bluebell Polka (1955)
Published: 2011/08/10
Channel: CatsPjamas1
Jimmy Shand - Strip the Willow
Jimmy Shand - Strip the Willow
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
White Heather Club   Jimmy Shand & Bill McCue   Westering Home
White Heather Club Jimmy Shand & Bill McCue Westering Home
Published: 2011/07/03
Channel: jaggme
Jimmy Shand   ( Back Home To Auchtermuchy )
Jimmy Shand ( Back Home To Auchtermuchy )
Published: 2017/08/23
Channel: Avino
Jimmy Shand - Mississippi Dip
Jimmy Shand - Mississippi Dip
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band -  Gay Gordons
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band - Gay Gordons
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Jan B kvalheim
The Alexander Brothers   Jimmy Shand The Legend
The Alexander Brothers Jimmy Shand The Legend
Published: 2013/11/24
Channel: petermfh59
Jimmy Shand - Military Two Step
Jimmy Shand - Military Two Step
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
JIMMY SHAND   THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OF OLD ABERDEEN
JIMMY SHAND THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OF OLD ABERDEEN
Published: 2013/12/11
Channel: ROY STORNAWAY
Jimmy Blue - The Dark Island
Jimmy Blue - The Dark Island
Published: 2016/11/07
Channel: sartanadolf
Jimmy Shand - St Bernard
Jimmy Shand - St Bernard's Waltz
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
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Li'l Jon and Three Six Mafia meet Jimmy Shand Downtown
Published: 2011/02/07
Channel: Veestar33
Jimmy Shand - Fiddle Solo
Jimmy Shand - Fiddle Solo
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Jimmy Shand - Golden Wedding Two Step
Jimmy Shand - Golden Wedding Two Step
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Sir Jimmy Shand Auction - STV News Report
Sir Jimmy Shand Auction - STV News Report
Published: 2016/09/21
Channel: Amy Dunsmuir
EIGHTSOME REEL - JIMMY SHAND & HIS BAND
EIGHTSOME REEL - JIMMY SHAND & HIS BAND
Published: 2010/04/21
Channel: Highland Fleet Lute
78 RPM - Jimmy Shand & Band - Irish Jig Selection (1956)
78 RPM - Jimmy Shand & Band - Irish Jig Selection (1956)
Published: 2017/04/25
Channel: John Walker
Welcome Christmas Morning.wmv
Welcome Christmas Morning.wmv
Published: 2009/12/19
Channel: MELODEONMAN52
Jimmy Shand - The Grand March
Jimmy Shand - The Grand March
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Jimmy Shand - Duke of Perth
Jimmy Shand - Duke of Perth
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Rothesay Country Dance - Jimmy Shand and his band - 1951
Rothesay Country Dance - Jimmy Shand and his band - 1951
Published: 2012/09/15
Channel: Jan van den Belt
Jimmy Shand - Waltz Country Dance
Jimmy Shand - Waltz Country Dance
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band -  Marching With Jimmy Shand
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band - Marching With Jimmy Shand
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Jan B kvalheim
Jimmy Shand - Melodeon Solo
Jimmy Shand - Melodeon Solo
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
James (Jimmy) Shand - Rocky Mountain Medley Pt.1
James (Jimmy) Shand - Rocky Mountain Medley Pt.1
Published: 2009/04/01
Channel: pyestudiocolour
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band -  When You And I Were Young, Maggie
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band - When You And I Were Young, Maggie
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Jan B kvalheim
Jimmy Shand - Swedish Masquerade
Jimmy Shand - Swedish Masquerade
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Jimmy Shand - Pride of Erin Waltz
Jimmy Shand - Pride of Erin Waltz
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Jimmy Shand - Victory Waltz
Jimmy Shand - Victory Waltz
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Sir Jimmy Shand & John Macdonald
Sir Jimmy Shand & John Macdonald
Published: 2008/01/28
Channel: John Macdonald
whistling rufus-jimmy stand.
whistling rufus-jimmy stand.
Published: 2014/06/13
Channel: robert barclay
78 RPM - Jimmy Shand And His Band - The New Rigged Ship (Jig)
78 RPM - Jimmy Shand And His Band - The New Rigged Ship (Jig)
Published: 2015/01/26
Channel: John Walker
Jim Johnstone & his Band - A Tribute to Jimmy Shand --Gay Gordons (medley)
Jim Johnstone & his Band - A Tribute to Jimmy Shand --Gay Gordons (medley)
Published: 2014/12/16
Channel: Avino
The Indians - Jimmy Shand Tribute
The Indians - Jimmy Shand Tribute
Published: 2011/04/29
Channel: TheIndiansShowband
Jimmy Shand
Jimmy Shand's "BLUEBELL POLKA" Accordion
Published: 2008/04/13
Channel: albertaviking
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band   Irish Two Step
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band Irish Two Step
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Jan B kvalheim
Jim Johnstone & his Band  -  A Tribute to Jimmy Shand  --  Hornpipes medley
Jim Johnstone & his Band - A Tribute to Jimmy Shand -- Hornpipes medley
Published: 2014/12/10
Channel: Avino
Jimmy Shand - The household brigade - 1953
Jimmy Shand - The household brigade - 1953
Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: Jan van den Belt
DISCO DANCIN AT THE JIMMY SHAND, DUNDEE
DISCO DANCIN AT THE JIMMY SHAND, DUNDEE
Published: 2006/03/30
Channel: scottishguy21
Jimmy Shand Memorial East Wemyss Fife Scotland
Jimmy Shand Memorial East Wemyss Fife Scotland
Published: 2013/06/06
Channel: tourscotland
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band  - The Linton Ploughman
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band - The Linton Ploughman
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Jan B kvalheim
78 RPM - Jimmy Shand & Band - Hornpipe Selection (1956)
78 RPM - Jimmy Shand & Band - Hornpipe Selection (1956)
Published: 2017/04/25
Channel: John Walker
The Gay Gordons 2 by Jimmy Shand and his band
The Gay Gordons 2 by Jimmy Shand and his band
Published: 2013/01/03
Channel: peacefulIrene
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band  - Royal Scots Polka
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band - Royal Scots Polka
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Jan B kvalheim
Jimmy Shand Moneymusk
Jimmy Shand Moneymusk
Published: 2012/12/27
Channel: peacefulIrene
Sir Jimmy Shand
Sir Jimmy Shand
Published: 2017/12/11
Channel: DAVID HULL PROMOTIONS
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Statue of Jimmy Shand, by David Annand, in Auchtermuchty

Sir James Shand MBE (28 January 1908 – 23 December 2000) was a Scottish musician who played traditional Scottish dance music on the accordion. His signature tune was "The Bluebell Polka".

Life and career[edit]

James Shand was born in East Wemyss in Fife, son of a farm ploughman turned miner and one of nine children. The family soon moved to the burgh of Auchtermuchty. The town now boasts a larger than life-sized sculpture of Shand. His father was a skilled melodeon player. Jimmy started with the mouth organ and soon played the fiddle. At the age of 14 he had to leave school and go down the mines. He played at social events and competitions. His enthusiasm for motor-bikes turned into an advantage when he played for events all round Fife. In 1926 he did benefit gigs for striking miners and was consequently prevented from returning to colliery work. One day Jimmy and a friend were admiring the instruments in the window of a music shop in Dundee. His friend said: "It wouldn't cost you to try one," so Jimmy walked in and strapped on an accordion. The owner, Charles Forbes, heard Jimmy and immediately offered him a job as travelling salesman and debt-collector. He soon acquired a van and drove all over the north of Scotland. He switched to the British chromatic button accordion, an instrument he stuck with for the rest of his life.

Being a keen motorcyclist, Shand was also an enthusiastic supporter and spectator at the annual Isle of Man TT races. Jimmy also sponsored a motorcycle road racer from Errol, Perthshire called Jack Gow, a multiple Scottish Motorcycle Racing champion and later a motorcycle dealer in Dundee. Jack Gow was the son of Andy Gow who drove the bus which transported the Shand tour. Shand's interest in motorcycles began when a boyfriend of his sister had problems with his bike, which had broken down. Shand repaired it and was allowed to use it.

He failed an audition for the BBC because he kept time with his foot. At a time when gramophones were very much luxury items he made two records for the Regal Zonophone label in 1933. His career took off when he switched to making 78s for the Beltona label (1935–1940). Most of the Beltona recordings were solo, but he experimented with small bands. This boosted sales. He appeared in a promo film shown in cinemas. While the image showed his fingers moving in a blur, Jimmy was disappointed to hear the sound track playing a slow air. He was prevented from joining the RAF by a digestive disorder, and spent the war years in the Fire Service. On New Year's Day morning in 1945 he made his first broadcast with "Jimmy Shand and his Band". This was the first of many such BBC radio and television appearances.

Works[edit]

Soon after the war he became a full-time musician and adopted a punishing life-style later adopted by rock bands. He would play Inverness one night, London the next night and still drive the van back, at breakneck speed, to bed in Dundee. He took his trademark bald head, Buddy Holly spectacles and full kilted regalia, Scottish reels, jigs and strathspeys to Australia, New Zealand and North America, including Carnegie Hall in New York. Now on the EMI/ Parlophone label, he released one single per month in the mid fifties, including his only top 20 hit in the UK Singles Chart – "The Bluebell Polka" (1955).[1] It was produced by George Martin, who was later to work with the Beatles. He was awarded an MBE in 1962. This period is remembered affectionately by Richard Thompson, who played Shand tunes on his Henry the Human Fly and Strict Tempo! albums. Thompson's Scottish father had been a keen Shand collector. In 1991, Thompson paid tribute to Shand with an original song, "Don't Sit on My Jimmy Shands", from his 1991 album Rumor and Sigh.

Call me precious I don't mind
78s are hard to find
You just can't get the shellac since the war
This one's the Beltona brand
Finest label in the land
They don't make them like that any more.

from "Don't Sit on My Jimmy Shands"

In 1972, Shand went into semi-retirement. From then he played only small venues in out-of-the-way places for a reduced fee. He was made a freeman of Auchtermuchty in 1974, North East Fife in 1980 and Fife in 1998. He became Sir Jimmy Shand in 1999. His portrait is in the Scottish National Gallery, close to Niel Gow. In 1983 he released a retrospective album with the cheeky title The First 50 Years.[1] At the age of 88 he recorded an album and video with his son, Dancing with the Shands.

More than 330 compositions are credited to Jimmy Shand. He recorded more tracks than the Beatles and Elvis Presley combined. In 1985, British Rail named a locomotive Jimmy Shand. He was dissatisfied with the chromatic button-key accordions available on the market in the 1940s so he designed his own one. The Hohner company manufactured the "Shand Morino" until the 1970s. He is the only artist worldwide to have his name used by the Hohner company as a model name for a musical instrument. There is a biography The Jimmy Shand Story: The King of Scottish Dance Music by Ian Cameron (2001). A number of his older recordings have been re-released by Beltona Records.

Since the 1950s the crowd at Dunfermline Athletic F.C. have left the ground after the game to the sound of Shand's "The Bluebell Polka".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 493. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  • Howard, Rob (2003) An A to Z of the Accordion and related instruments Stockport:Robaccord Publications ISBN 0-9546711-0-4, p. 98

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