Songwriter Ewan MacColl died - On this day in Scottish history


22 October 2021
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Scottish singer-songwriter Ewan MacColl died on 22 October 1989.

Scottish singer-songwriter Ewan MacColl died on 22 October 1989 at the age of 74. MacColl recorded more than 100 albums of Scottish and English folk songs, including protests against issues such as the atomic bomb and the Vietnam War.

As well as creating his own works, such as Scots Street Songs, Bad Lads and Hard Cases, Four Pence a Day and British Industrial Folk Songs, MacColl wrote for a range of artists including Elvis Presley, The Dubliners, Johnny Cash and The Clancy Brothers.

Ewan MacColl timeline

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  • 25 January 1915 - Born in Salford
  • 1930 - Left school without a job
  • 1931 - Formed theatre group The Red Megaphones, with other unemployed artists
  • 1946 - Formed Theatre Workshop and began to tour the UK
  • 1959 - Began to record albums for Folkway Records
  • 1959 - Recorded 'Songs of Robert Burns'
  • 22 October 1989 - Died at the age of 74.

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