Danny Boy is 100 years old

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It is 100 years since a simple song was released to the public. A song that unites music legends Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash and The Pogues. One song that Elvis loved so much he had it played at his funeral. Yes, it’s the one and only Danny Boy. And it is celebrating its 100th birthday on June 21st, 2013. The song’s melody was first heard in Ireland in the streets of Limavady, County Londonderry where it was known as The Londonderry Air. However it wasn’t until 1910 that Frederick Weatherly, an Englishman, composed the lyrics for this melody. His famous words were published in 1913, making this year the song’s 100th anniversary.

To view Multimedia News Release, go to http://www.multivu.com/mnr/62195-tourism-ireland-celebrates-100-years-of-danny-boy

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I'm going to quote (more precisely paraphrase) John McDermott, the well known Canadian Celtic singer:

The tune was a traditional Irish tune., The lyrics where written by an Englishman living in London who got the idea for the lyrics from an old Scottish poem which was sent to him by his sister who was living in Philadelphia at the time. -And I'm sure there was a Welshman involved somewhere in the story.
By Robert Long last year