Kenneth McKellar

Genres: Classical World
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s


1927, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. An accomplished tenor, McKellar first achieved fame as an interpreter of Scottish songs, notably those by poet Robert Burns. Although later work encompassed light opera, sacred songs and popular material, he remained associated with the heritage of his homeland and was an endemic part of the country’s entertainment industry. Despite a plethora of contemporaneous pop acts, McKellar was surprisingly nominated as Britain’s representative in the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest. His entry, ‘A Man Without Love’, fared poorly and at a time such records invariably sold well domestically, the ensuing single struggled to reach the Top 30. This aberration apart, the singer has continued to enjoy a successful international career, particularly in countries boasting expatriate Scots.

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