Will Fyffe

Music hall, Musical Artist

1885 – 1947

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Who was Will Fyffe?

Will Fyffe was a major star of the 1930s and 1940s, a star of stage, screen and vinyl.

Fyffe made his debut in his father's stock company at the age of six. He travelled extensively throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, playing the numerous music halls of the time, where he performed his sketches and sang his songs in his own inimitable style. During the '30s, he was one of the highest paid musical hall artistes in Britain.

In addition, Fyffe appeared in 23 major films of the era, sometimes starring, and recorded over 30 songs, witty masterpieces enveloped in an engaging melody and delivered with his own unique style.

His singer-songwriter skills are still well known to us today and whereas the memory of his contemporaries may continue to fade, Will has become immortalised for his rendition of his own composition, "I Belong To Glasgow". This song, which has been covered by the likes of Danny Kaye, Eartha Kitt, Gracie Fields and Kirk Douglas, is still as fresh today as it was then, and is as memorable for its lyrics as it is for its melody :

As a result of this song, Will became forever associated with Glasgow, even though he was born 70 miles away in the east coast city of Dundee.

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Born
Feb 16, 1885
Dundee
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Nationality
  • United Kingdom
  • Scotland
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Died
Dec 14, 1947
St Andrews

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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