Bill McCue

Scottish classical singer and entertainer

Bill McCue was one of Scotland's greatest opera singers though there was nothing of the stuffy highbrow opera star about him. A well built man whose deep bass voice was known to thousands of TV viewers, radio listeners and theatre audiences in Britain and throughout the world. Born and brought at Allanton, Shotts in a family of singers and accomplished accordion players he lived with the sound of music since he was a child. At 12 he began his music career singing with a local choir but as a teenager had no intention of becoming a professional singer and began his working life as an apprentice electrician in the local coalmines. By the age of 21 he was singing bass solos with Glasgow's Arian Choir at their concerts when his big break came at the Glasgow St Andrews halls after the Lord Provost Tom Kerr, a noted music lover, heard his glorious voice and persuaded him to take up singing as a career by arranging for an audition at the Royal Academy of Music in Glasgow. He was immediately accepted to begin studies, awarded a scholarship supplemented by financial assistance from the Coal Board. He later joined the Scottish Opera Company with whom during the 60's he visited Europe, Scandinavia, North America and the Soviet Union. His popularity grew through Radio appearances and a Grampian TV series 'McCue's Music' and he regularly made guest appearances with artists such as Moira Anderson. Bill had an infectious sense of humour which came in handy for pantomime at Blackpool also in cabaret throughout Britain as well as numerous Scottish summer shows making him well loved, admired and respected entertainer by both classical and mainstream colleagues and audiences.

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