German contralto with the New York Metropolitan Opera. Fred Weatherly, "The Man Who Wrote Danny Boy", also wrote the lyrics to Roses Of Picardy.
Paul Robeson [see note]
John McCormack [see note]
Bing Crosby [a must for Irish tenors]
Deanna Durbin [in film Because Of Him]
Johnny Cash [again in '02]
Jackie Wilson [in '51 as Sonny Wilson on Dizzy Gillespie's Dee Gee label]
Frank Patterson [Irish tenor]
Thin Lizzy [more Irish]
Pogues [in film Straight To Hell; vocal: Cait O' Riordan]
Ron Brandsteder & Havenzangers [as Hand In Hand Achter Oranje]
Eric Clapton [in film Phenomenon]
Diana Krall [on Chieftains project Tears Of Stone]
Helmut Lotti [with Cliff Richard]
Melody first published in The Petrie Collection Of The Ancient Music Of Ireland, edited by music collector George Petrie in 1855. Originally written for harp in the (London)Derry region. The melody had no title, but since Petrie noted he learned it from a Londonderry woman (Jane Ross), the name Londonderry Air imposed itself. Most famous recordings as such: the New Symphonie Orchestra under Dr. Malcolm Sargent ('30), Irish tenor John McCormack (who also sang it as O Mary Dear and as Maidin I mBéara) and bass singer Paul Robeson's. Since Fred Weatherly was an opera librettist, Danny Boy/Londonderry Air was reserved for well trained voices; check it out.