Billy Connolly

Genres: Action & Adventure Comedy Comedy Documentaries Drama Jazz Kids & Family Music Videos & Concerts Mystery / Thriller Pop / Rock Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television
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Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

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 Connolly’s lighter, whimsical songs and Rafferty’s 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. Connolly’s 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 television’s...

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