Singers and Musical Personalities ~ Robert Wilson 1907 - 64

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Robert Wilson 1907 - 64

1.   Robert Wilson.  Photograph from Record Sleeve: 'Robert Wilson - The Voice of Scotland Volume One', produced by ©Beltona Records.

Robert Wilson was a Scottish tenor who began his professional career with the Rothesay Entertainers in Scotland.  Later, Wilson joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, with whom he performed from 1931 to 1937. He then began a long solo career in concerts, radio, variety and recording, becoming known especially for his performances of Scottish songs.

After this, Wilson became a solo artist, heading his own concert party singing Scottish ballads for several years on tour throughout Britain. He also continued in demand as a recording artist, signing with HMV in 1943. His recordings of such Scottish songs as 'A Gordon for Me' and 'Down in the Glen' were big sellers.

Wilson became a well-known variety performer and in the 1950s he was an early presenter of the White Heather Club and recorded with them. He continued to tour into the 1960s.  He retired from the stage in 1963, settled in Glasgow and devoted himself to running his record shop.

Wilson died in 1964, never having fully recovered from a car accident the previous year.

[Text draws on a biography by ©David Mason and the history of Ayr Gaiety by John Moore.]

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