Kenneth McKellar has died of cancer at the age of 82 in his daughter's home in the US. He was part of my childhood because he was the male singer of Scottish songs in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
His life was singing. Although he studied forestry at university and worked with the Forestry Commission for a while, he then trained as an opera singer. Opera didn't excite him and it was his love of traditional Scottish songs, along with his association with the BBC (both radio and television) which made him a household name in Scotland.
He represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1966 when he was placed 9th out of 18 entries - something I didn't know.
I'm not a great lover of tenor voices - I prefer the resounding depth of the bass - but Mr McKellar's diction and tone were, to my young ear, just perfection. I'm sure it was his renditions which subconsciously taught me the words of many a Scottish ballad and for that I give much thanks.