|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s|
1935, Glasgow, Scotland. McDevitt was the banjo player with the Crane River Jazz Band in 1955, before forming a skiffle group that won a talent contest organized by Radio Luxembourg. Another contestant, vocalist Nancy Whiskey joined the McDevitt group, which included guitarists Tony Kohn and Bill Branwell (from the Cotton Pickers skiffle group), Marc Sharratt (d. May 1991; washboard) and Lennie Hanson (bass). The group appeared in the film The Tommy Steele Story in 1957, performing Freight Train, a song introduced to Britain by Peggy Seeger who had learned it from its composer, black American folk singer Elizabeth Libba Cotten. Issued by Oriole, the McDevitt/Whiskey version was a Top 5 hit in the UK and reached the US Top 40, although McDevitt was the object of a US lawsuit over the ownership of the copyright. After the release of a version of Greenback Dollar and an EP as follow-ups, Whiskey left the group. With a studio group,...