DIRTY OLD TOWN

Latest update on 12/10/2012

Artist: Ewan MacColl
Author: Ewan MacColl
Label: Topic
Year: 1952

A-side: a cappella, B-side with Al Jeffrey on guitar. Written in '49 as an instrumental for the theatre production Landscape With Chimneys, a play about Salford, Lancashire, staged in '51. There's a one minute a cappella version on Ewan's 1959 concept album Streets Of Song (with Dominic Behan), illustrating a spoken part on Salford (Topic/Folkways).

Covers:

1956:

Alan Lomax & The Ramblers [vocal by Ewan MacColl; also featuring Peggy Seeger and Shirley Collins on Decca ep]

1959:

Mike Preston

1964:

Spinners [first popular recording; lead vocal: Mick Groves from Salford]

1964:

Chad & Jeremy

1966:

Ian Campbell

1968:

Dubliners

1968:

Esther & Abi Ofarim

1968:

Julie Felix

1969:

Roger Whittaker

1970:

Rod Stewart

1975:

Gary Shearston

1979:

Flavium

1981:

Roger Whittaker

1985:

Pogues

1994:

Jo Lemaire [as Foutue vieille ville]

1996:

Specials

2003:

Jimmy Johnstone & The Simple Minds

2006:

Frank Black

2007:

Johnny Logan

2012:

Bettye LaVette [two versions]

See also: First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

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