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From David Stewart to Andy Stewart: the Invention and Re-Invention of the Scottish Soldier

Trevor Royle

in From Tartan to Tartanry

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638772
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653539 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638772.003.0004
From David Stewart to Andy Stewart: the Invention and Re-Invention of the Scottish Soldier

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This chapter reports that back in 1961 when the British public was trying to make up its mind whether it preferred Elvis Presley or Helen Shapiro the popular music charts were infiltrated by a curiously cod song, ‘A Scottish Soldier’, performed by the equally cod singer, Andy Stewart. It notes that although it never made number one, the song stayed in the charts for forty weeks and with its catchy words and robust tune it enjoyed a wide currency, not just in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom but in most parts of the English-speaking world. It further notes that Stewart, an entertainer in the mould of Sir Harry Lauder, was equally popular. It reports that Stewart, a native of Glasgow, had come to the fore as a jaunty leading performer on the BBC's White Heather Club, an all-singing and all-dancing light entertainment television programme which provided a sanitised version of the traditional céilidh.

Keywords: Andy Stewart; Scotland; United Kingdom; Sir Harry Lauder; Glasgow; céilidh

Chapter.  6390 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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