24 November 1942, Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland. Connolly left school for a variety of contrasting occupations, including welder on the Glasgow docks, before joining Tam Harvey in the Scottish folk act the Humblebums. The duo completed one album before Harvey was replaced by Gerry Rafferty in 1969. Although the new combination was responsible for two critically-acclaimed selections, the contrast between Connollys lighter, whimsical songs and Raffertys studious pop became too great to hold within one unit. While the latter formed Stealers Wheel, his ex-partner returned to the folk circuit as a solo performer. Connollys repertoire was initially music-based, but between-songs banter quickly became the focal point until his act comprised often ribald monologues. Solo Concert, which included The Crucifixion and Glasgow Accents, established his irreverent humour before a highly successful appearance on BBC televisions...
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