IRISH SONGS – IN HONOUR OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY
6. OH DANNY BOY – 1910/1913
A ballad set to an ancient Irish melody. The words were written by English songwriter Frederic Weatherly in Bath, Somerset, in 1910, and eventually set to the Irish tune of “Londonderry Air” when his Irish-born sister-in-law, living in the U.S., sent him a copy of the song in 1913.
Jane Ross of Limavady (Londonderry, Northern Ireland) is credited with collecting the melody of “Londonderry Air” in the mid-19th century from a musician she encountered.
By the time it was recorded in 1915, Weatherly’s Oh Danny Boy was one of the most popular songs in the new century. Through the years it has become an unofficial signature song of Irish Canadians due to our own close ties to Great Britain.
Over the years this song has had more Top Ten rankings than any other Irish song, beginning with Judy Garland in 1940; Glen Miller, 1940; Bing Crosby, 1945; 1956 Ruby Murray – The Voice of Ireland in Ireland, UK. In the 60’s: Andy Williams, Connie Francis, Patti LaBelle, Johnny Cash and Ray Price. 1972 Roy Orbison and Canadian Glen Campbell; 1976 Elvis Presley; 1990 Carly Simon; 1992 Canadian John McDermott.
Oh Danny Boy From the Ukulele Club of Santa Perez.