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Scotland’s Rich Musical Legacy

Some of the greatest musical stars in the world have been influenced by Scotland, taking a closer look at who produces some interesting connections. Here I focus on a select few: Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley and Eddi Reader. This chance encounter sparked Cash’s interest and on his return he consulted a genealogist. It turned out that Cash was indeed of Scottish descent and that his family could be traced back to a clan based in fife around the 12th century to King Malcolm IV of Scotland. Streets in Strathmiglo and Falkland still carry the name Cash, as do Easter Cash, Wester Cash and Cash Farms. This year, Glen celebrates 50 years in the music business.

During his career he recorded with the biggest names in the business such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley and sold more than 45 million records. Another artist to discover their Scottish roots was singer Eddit Reader of fairground attraction fame… I feel in love with that area of Scotland.clash of clans hack I wanted to do a traditional album that related to the Celtic and Scottish music that I’d heard bits of throughout my life, from leaving school and going to Kilmarnock folk club, through all the folk clubs in Scotland to busking and street singing.

Family ties as well as the link between Cash’s style of country music and Celtic music inspired him to visit Scotland on several occasions. His daughter Rosanne Cash explains “going back into his Celtic past made him realise that this was where he derived his tone of voice, the mournful quality to his music” Rosanne Cash, a talented musician in her own right, talks about Scotland’s special place in her own heart

Inhabitants of the Aberdeenshire village in question, Lonmay, are understandably excited, with the head of Aberdeen’s tourist board, Ian Dunlop saying ” he is an enduring icon and we would be delighted to welcome Elvis fans here to search out his roots”.clash of clans gem hack In fact Scotland is the only part of the UK Elvis even visited, when he spent an hour in Prestwick Airport.

Country star Glen Campbell, formerly of the Beach Boys, paid tribute to his Scottish heritage by launching his new album with a song by Scottish favourites Travis. Glen is fiercely proud of his Scots heritage “My dad Wesley Campbell was born in the Borders… I love to visit Scotland because it was my family birthplace and my ancestors all come from there.

 

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