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Kenneth McKellar - The Road To The Isles
Kenneth McKellar - The Road To The Isles
Published: 2014/11/27
Channel: Jessica Brandsma
Kenneth McKellar - The Old Scots Songs Medley
Kenneth McKellar - The Old Scots Songs Medley
Published: 2011/03/06
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth McKellar - The Midges
Kenneth McKellar - The Midges
Published: 2011/08/15
Channel: TheGillieDubh
Kenneth McKellar sings Songs of the Hebrides (originally on Decca LP SXL 4137, 1961)
Kenneth McKellar sings Songs of the Hebrides (originally on Decca LP SXL 4137, 1961)
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: Rodders
She Moved Through The Fair - Kenneth McKellar
She Moved Through The Fair - Kenneth McKellar
Published: 2012/03/17
Channel: cafeitalia1
McKellar sings Kirriemuir (x-rated version)
McKellar sings Kirriemuir (x-rated version)
Published: 2011/10/30
Channel: planetqwerty
Kenneth McKellar - Angels Guard Thee
Kenneth McKellar - Angels Guard Thee
Published: 2010/02/10
Channel: AnIrishMansJukeBox
Kenneth McKellar sings She Moved Through the Fair
Kenneth McKellar sings She Moved Through the Fair
Published: 2012/03/17
Channel: theirisher
Kenneth McKellar-Annie Dear-(Danny Boy)
Kenneth McKellar-Annie Dear-(Danny Boy)
Published: 2010/05/27
Channel: operbathosa
Kenneth McKellar sings
Kenneth McKellar sings 'Stranger in Paradise' with Adele Leigh; Mantovani conducts
Published: 2013/12/15
Channel: adam28xx
Kenneth McKellar - The MacGregor
Kenneth McKellar - The MacGregor's Gathering -
Published: 2011/02/18
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth McKellar - Shenandoah -
Kenneth McKellar - Shenandoah -
Published: 2011/03/16
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth McKellar: Handel Arias [Boult] Ombra mai fu, Sient Worship...
Kenneth McKellar: Handel Arias [Boult] Ombra mai fu, Sient Worship...
Published: 2015/02/21
Channel: Operazaile operazaile
Kenneth McKellar - Danny Boy
Kenneth McKellar - Danny Boy
Published: 2016/01/30
Channel: philsmusic1000
WHERE
WHERE'ER YOU WALK (Kenneth McKellar - tenor) by Handel.
Published: 2012/02/12
Channel: Randomhall1
The World Of Kenneth McKellar
The World Of Kenneth McKellar
Published: 2016/01/09
Channel: Jessica Brandsma
Kenneth McKellar - Song of the Clyde
Kenneth McKellar - Song of the Clyde
Published: 2016/01/10
Channel: kevsabeaver
Song of the Clyde
Song of the Clyde
Published: 2007/01/04
Channel: bb45678
Kenneth McKellar - The Rose Of Tralee
Kenneth McKellar - The Rose Of Tralee
Published: 2016/08/27
Channel: philsmusic1000
Skye Boat Song
Skye Boat Song
Published: 2010/08/25
Channel: allcelticmusic
MY LOVE IS LIKE A RED, RED ROSE - Kenneth McKellar
MY LOVE IS LIKE A RED, RED ROSE - Kenneth McKellar
Published: 2013/03/22
Channel: tingleykid
Kenneth McKellar sings Robert Burns.
Kenneth McKellar sings Robert Burns.
Published: 2011/11/04
Channel: Teddyb1939
AE FOND KISS MCKELLAR SINGING SOLO
AE FOND KISS MCKELLAR SINGING SOLO
Published: 2010/10/19
Channel: dickdomino1
Kenneth McKellar - These Are My Mountains
Kenneth McKellar - These Are My Mountains
Published: 2016/08/27
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth McKellar - The Rowan Tree -
Kenneth McKellar - The Rowan Tree -
Published: 2011/03/13
Channel: philsmusic1000
Ron Grainer - Kenneth McKellar - rare Eurovision
Ron Grainer - Kenneth McKellar - rare Eurovision 'Comes The Time' (1966)
Published: 2014/09/28
Channel: Amfonyx
KENNETH MCKELLAR - KIRSTEEN
KENNETH MCKELLAR - KIRSTEEN
Published: 2013/05/08
Channel: LoveInAColdClimate
Kenneth Mckellar   The Holy City
Kenneth Mckellar The Holy City
Published: 2013/09/29
Channel: Lodewyk Verhoef
KENNETH MCKELLAR SINGS AE FOND KISS WITH PATRICIA CAHILL
KENNETH MCKELLAR SINGS AE FOND KISS WITH PATRICIA CAHILL
Published: 2010/10/15
Channel: dickdomino1
Kenneth McKellar - The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen -
Kenneth McKellar - The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen -
Published: 2011/02/20
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth McKellar - The Road To The Isles Medley
Kenneth McKellar - The Road To The Isles Medley
Published: 2013/06/08
Channel: philsmusic1000
THE BENS OF JURA, KENNETH MCKELLAR
THE BENS OF JURA, KENNETH MCKELLAR
Published: 2013/05/07
Channel: LoveInAColdClimate
Kenneth Mckellar ae fond kiss.
Kenneth Mckellar ae fond kiss.
Published: 2011/01/15
Channel: Teddyb1939
Kenneth McKellar - Ye Banks And Braes
Kenneth McKellar - Ye Banks And Braes
Published: 2016/08/27
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth McKellar - Annie Laurie
Kenneth McKellar - Annie Laurie
Published: 2016/08/27
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth Mckellar Classical Tenor Good Old Days 14 March 1978
Kenneth Mckellar Classical Tenor Good Old Days 14 March 1978
Published: 2017/05/01
Channel: Dennis Jennings
LAND OF HEART
LAND OF HEART'S DESIRE - KENNETH MCKELLAR
Published: 2013/05/13
Channel: LoveInAColdClimate
Kenneth McKellar - Auld Lang Syne
Kenneth McKellar - Auld Lang Syne
Published: 2016/08/27
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth McKellar - Isle Of Mull -
Kenneth McKellar - Isle Of Mull -
Published: 2011/07/12
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth McKellar - When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Kenneth McKellar - When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Published: 2013/10/25
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth McKellar - We
Kenneth McKellar - We're No Awa' Taw Bide Awa'
Published: 2016/02/06
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth McKellar - Hey Johnnie Cope
Kenneth McKellar - Hey Johnnie Cope
Published: 2016/01/11
Channel: philsmusic1000
Two Ronnies - Moira McKellar and Kenneth Anderson
Two Ronnies - Moira McKellar and Kenneth Anderson
Published: 2012/02/19
Channel: BillsOldies
Kenneth McKellar
Kenneth McKellar' My love is like a red, red rose.
Published: 2011/01/17
Channel: Teddyb1939
Lewis Bridal Song - Kenneth McKellar
Lewis Bridal Song - Kenneth McKellar
Published: 2012/07/11
Channel: sablestable
Kenneth McKellar & Morag MacKay - The Crookit Bawbee -
Kenneth McKellar & Morag MacKay - The Crookit Bawbee -
Published: 2011/03/04
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth McKellar - Panis Angelicus
Kenneth McKellar - Panis Angelicus
Published: 2016/08/27
Channel: philsmusic1000
Kenneth McKellar - Hieland Laddie -
Kenneth McKellar - Hieland Laddie -
Published: 2011/03/04
Channel: philsmusic1000
White Heather Club   Jimmy Shand & Bill McCue   Westering Home
White Heather Club Jimmy Shand & Bill McCue Westering Home
Published: 2011/07/03
Channel: jaggme
Kenneth McKellar - The Saturday Dance -
Kenneth McKellar - The Saturday Dance -
Published: 2011/03/04
Channel: philsmusic1000
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Kenneth McKellar
Birth name Kennth McKellar
Born Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died 9 April 2010(2010-04-09) (aged 82)
Lake Tahoe in the United States
Genres Comedy music
Folk music
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1947–1996
Labels Parlophone
Decca Records
Associated acts Scottish television show The White Heather Club

Kenneth McKellar (23 June 1927 – 9 April 2010) was a Scottish tenor.[1]

Career[edit]

McKellar studied forestry at the University of Aberdeen, after graduation working for the Scottish Forestry Commission.[2] He later trained at the Royal College of Music as an opera singer.[2] He did not enjoy his time with the Carl Rosa Opera Company and left them to pursue a career singing traditional Scottish songs and other works. His albums of the songs of Robert Burns (now digitised) are considered by musicologists[who?] to be definitive interpretations.

He frequently toured the United States and Canada 1959-1977 with other Scottish entertainers such as Helen McArthur, often appearing in small local venues.

From 1957 he starred each year in innovative pantomimes by Howard & Wyndham Ltd notably at their Alhambra Theatre Glasgow. In 1958/59 he played Jacob Bray in a successful revival of 'Old Chelsea' by Richard Tauber, along with Vanessa Lee and Peter Graves, which opened in Glasgow and then toured. For a decade from 1960 he starred as Jamie in the new pantomimes devised around him, starting with A Wish For Jamie, followed by A Love For Jamie, which ran at the Alhambra in each of five years, accompanied by Rikki Fulton, and moved after to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Newcastle. He described these years as the most fulfilling of his stage life outside his international recording career.[3]

McKellar toured New Zealand in 1964. On many occasions in the 1960s and 1970s he appeared on the BBC Television Hogmanay celebration programme, alongside Jimmy Shand, Andy Stewart and Moira Anderson. He also made numerous appearances on the popular White Heather Club television series (1959-1968), hosted by Andy Stewart. His last Hogmanay Show appearance was on STV in 1991.

In 1965, the BBC selected McKellar to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg. He sang five titles from which viewers selected "A Man Without Love" as the 1966 entry. According to author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor's The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, the Scottish tenor - who had changed into a kilt at the last moment - drew gasps from the audience when he appeared on stage.[4] The song was placed ninth of the eighteen entries, making it the least successful UK placing in the contest until 1978. McKellar received scores from only two countries. The Irish jury gave the UK song top marks, one of only two occasions the Irish have done so in Eurovision history.[4]

"A Man Without Love" peaked at #30 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1966.[5] His albums The World of Kenneth McKellar (1969), and Ecco Di Napoli (1970), had a total of ten weeks presence in the UK Albums Chart.[5] He recorded an album in Afrikaans, entitled Kuier By Ons, which was released just before his tour of South Africa in October 1970.

On 31 December 1973, the first Scottish commercial radio station Radio Clyde began broadcasting to Glasgow. The first record they played was "Song of the Clyde" sung by Kenneth McKellar. The same recording featured over the opening titles of the 1963 film Billy Liar.

McKellar lived in Lenzie, Glasgow in the house called "Machrie Mhor".

Outside music, McKellar wrote a sketch which was performed by the Monty Python team at The Secret Policeman's Ball. This was the only time that a sketch written by a non-member was performed by them.[6]

McKellar made the majority of his recordings on the Decca Records label.[2] He also recorded several classical works, including Handel's Messiah alongside Joan Sutherland in a performance conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.[2] After he left Decca in the 1970s he then recorded from 1983-1996 for Lismor records recording several albums for them before retiring in the late 1990s.

McKellar also recorded the musical Kismet with Robert Merrill. He was also notable for his recordings of Gaelic songs in translation such as the Songs of the Hebrides arrangements by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser.

Death[edit]

McKellar died of pancreatic cancer, at the age of 82, at his daughter's home near Lake Tahoe in the United States, on 9 April 2010.[7] His funeral was in Paisley.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Songs of Ireland 1964 TW 91321

References[edit]

  1. ^ Obituary London Independent, 14 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Famous Scots - Kenneth McKellar". Rampantscotland.com. 8 November 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Alhambra Glasgow by Graeme Smith ISBN 9780955942013
  4. ^ a b O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books, UK. 2007 ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 340. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ Presenter: Johnny Beattie (22 December 2010). "Kenneth McKellar: Scotland's Great Tenor". The Secret Policeman's Ball. 12:40 minutes in. BBC One. 
  7. ^ "Singer Kenneth McKellar dies, aged 82". The Scotsman. 9 April 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kathy Kirby
with "I Belong"
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
1966
Succeeded by
Sandie Shaw
with "Puppet on a String"

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