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Thread #72261 Message #3720748
Posted By: GUEST,Alan Ross
03-Jul-15 - 09:16 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Culloden Moor.
Subject: RE: Origins: Culloden Moor.
After decades if searching I have finally tracked down the correct authors and composers of this lovely song. I much prefer it to the miserable dirge that is 'ghosts of Culloden'.
The song Culloden Moor was written by a John Croall and Alexander Banks. A 1966 single was made for Polydor by a Mike, John and Sandy, with brass and female backing (doing the oohs in countermelody). The fact that this was recorded by a major English record company as the A-side shows that it was rated as a good commercial folk song.
My late father Stewart Ross recorded a version in 1970, but the record company didn't trace the true authors (no computers then). Culloden Moor is such a common title, that even the MCPS and PRS are mixing up their registrations and some instrumentals have been put down to the authors of this song. And I'm sure the authors of the song had a few Trad. credits go on their work.
Does anybody have any information about Mike, John and Sandy or John Croall.