DANNY BOY

Latest update on 04/06/2015

Artist: Ernestine Schumann-Heink
Author: Fred Weatherly
Label: Victrola
Year: 1917

German contralto with the New York Metropolitan Opera. Fred Weatherly, "The Man Who Wrote Danny Boy", also wrote the lyrics to Roses Of Picardy.

Covers:

1919:

Paul Robeson [see note]

1929:

John McCormack [see note]

1940:

Glenn Miller

1941:

Bing Crosby [a must for Irish tenors]

1946:

Deanna Durbin [in film Because Of Him]

1947:

Steve Gibson & The Red Caps

1950:

Al Hibbler

1952:

Slim Whitman

1955:

Art Tatum

1957:

Harry Belafonte

1959:

Conway Twitty

1961:

Jim Reeves

1961:

Andy Williams

1962:

Count Basie

1962:

Connie Francis

1962:

Mahalia Jackson

1963:

Flamingos

1963:

Jerry Lee Lewis

1964:

Johnny Cash [again in '02]

1964:

Seekers

1964:

Patti Labelle & The Blue Belles

1964:

Bill Justis

1965:

Jackie Wilson [in '51 as Sonny Wilson on Dizzy Gillespie's Dee Gee label]

1966:

Maskers

1967:

Ray Price

1970s:

Frank Patterson [Irish tenor]

1971:

Sonny & Cher

1975:

Joan Baez

1976:

Elvis Presley

1979:

Thin Lizzy [more Irish]

1981:

Anneke Gronloh

1982:

Richard Thompson

1987:

Pogues [in film Straight To Hell; vocal: Cait O' Riordan]

1990:

Ron Brandsteder & Havenzangers [as Hand In Hand Achter Oranje]

1994:

Eva Cassidy

1996:

Eric Clapton [in film Phenomenon]

1996:

Shane MacGowan

1996:

Don Walser

1999:

Diana Krall [on Chieftains project Tears Of Stone]

1999:

Harry Connick Jr.

2003:

Aaron Neville

2003:

Helmut Lotti [with Cliff Richard]

2005:

Wolfe Tones

2008:

Diane Schuur

2008:

Celtic Thunder

2010:

Irish Tenors

2014:

Sid Selvidge

2014:

Luka Bloom

2014:

Harry Dean Stanton

2015:

Jeff Beck

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.

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