Leon Rosselson

Genres: Folk
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


22 June 1934, Harrow, Middlesex, England. Although Rosselson is best known in UK folk circles for his incisive satirical and political songwriting, his recorded output displays a much more diverse range of musical influences and since the early 90s he has become equally famous as a children’s author.

In the early 60s Rosselson was a member of the Galliards alongside Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor, but his work was broadcast to a wider audience when several of his songs were featured in the satirical 60s television series That Was The Week That Was. He later sang in the 3 City 4 with Ralph Trayner, Marian MacKenzie, Martin Carthy and Roy Bailey. Rosselson’s solo recording career began in 1962 with the Songs For City Squares EP, and four years later he released Songs For Sceptical Circles. His 1975 collaboration with Bailey, That’s Not The Way It’s Got To Be, featured possibly his most famous track ‘The World Turned...

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