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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Elvis Presley, The Pogues and the Somerset Barrister/Songwriter, Frederic Weatherly

How many people know that the lyrics to the ballad "Danny Boy" were written by Frederic Edward Weatherly,  a Somerset man? He won a scholarship to Brasenose College, Oxford.

"He was made a King's Counsel, a senior barrister, in 1926. In the same year he published an autobiography, Piano and Gown. He died at his home, Bathwick Lodge, Bath, after a short illness on 7 September 1929, at the age of 80. At his funeral in Bath Abbey, the Londonderry Air, to which he had written the well-known words, was played as a voluntary" (Wikipedia).

Danny Boy, Johnny Cash

Danny Boy, Elvis Presley

Danny Boy, Jerry Lee Lewis

Danny Boy, Conway Twitty

More from Conway Twitty

Danny Boy, Gracie Fields

Danny Boy, The Pogues

Quite a variety of interpretations!

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