Kenneth McKellar (singer)

Kenneth McKellar ( born June 23, 1927 in Paisley, Scotland, † April 9, 2010 in South Lake Tahoe, California ) was a British tenor.


Early years

McKellar initially studied forestry at the University of Aberdeen and worked after graduating for the Scottish forester. Later, he began at the Royal College of Music trained as an opera singer. Since he was not satisfied with the training at the Carl Rosa Opera Company, he separated from the union and began a career as a singer of Scottish folk songs and similar material to. Critics praised him especially for his interpretations of the songs Robert Burns '. 1960 reached its four EPs, the EP charts in the UK, of which Handel 's arias and Road to the Isles, the Top10.

1964, the singer on tour in New Zealand. In the 1960s and 1970s, he appeared alongside Jimmy Shand and Andy Stewart often in the " Hogmanay " festive programs of the BBC.

Participation in the Euro Vision Song Contest

1966 McKellar was internally selected by the BBC to represent the UK at the Euro Vision Song Contest. As was customary, presented the British representative in a television program titled A song for Europe five titles before. Viewers were invited to vote by postcard for their favorite title. Composed by Cyril Ornadel and lyrics written by Peter Callander Song A man without love was the winner.

Contributions during the preliminary round

When Euro Vision Song Contest 1966 in Luxembourg, he landed in the midfield. With eight points - three from Luxembourg and five from Ireland - he landed in ninth place among 18 participants.

After the competition

Although his competition entry was the only song with which he could reach the UK Singles Chart ( 30th place ), he took no singles on more and focusing instead on more EPs and albums, and it paid off: in 1969 he reached the album chart with The world of Kenneth McKellar, 1970 Ecco di Napoli.


  • The song of the clyde was the first song that was played from the first private radio station in Scotland, Radio Clyde, 1973. The song was also the same theme song of the film Billy Liar.
  • McKellar was the first and is still the only singer who wore a Scottish kilt at the Euro Vision Song Contest.


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