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11 January 1919, Willow Hill, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 23 March 2000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. A pioneering figure of the folk revival movement, McCurdy started out as a gospel singer on radio station WKY in Oklahoma City, and went on to work as a nightclub and theatre performer and radio announcer. Married in 1945, it was in the following year that McCurdy began singing folk songs on Canadian radio, and later recorded his first album for the Whitehall label. In 1952, he started writing and performing, for childrens programmes, both on radio and on television, and, in 1954, moved to New York City. McCurdy recorded extensively for the Riverside Records and Elektra Records labels, often accompanied on guitar and banjo by Erik Darling. He achieved most success with the risqué folk songs collected on When Dalliance Was In Flower. The two volumes of this series and the follow-up Son Of Daliance became staples in the record collections of college students....