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Freight Train - Chas McDavitt - Nancy Whisky

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Published on Jul 22, 2007

Nancy Whiskey
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Nancy Whiskey (b Anne Alexandra Young Wilson, Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland, 4 March 1935 -- d 1 February 2003) was a Scottish folk singer, best known for the 1957 hit song "Freight Train".

While attending art school in Glasgow, Anne Wilson performed on the local folk club circuit where she met fellow singer and guitarist Jimmie MacGregor who introduced her to blues and hillbilly music. She took her stage name from a folk song which had a chorus of "Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy, whiskey".

She was signed to Topic Records and moved to London in 1955. Although reluctant to surrender her reputation as a solo performer, she was persuaded to join the Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group to record Elizabeth Cotten's song "Freight Train". The record made the UK top five in 1957, and she also toured the USA with McDevitt's group.

After a second, smaller hit, "Greenback Dollar", Whiskey left the group to resume a solo career and marry musician Bob Kelly, who became a member of her backing group, the Teetotallers. By the 1970s, she had largely retired from music.

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    • Freight Train
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    • Various Artists
  • Album

    • Heroes Collection - The Best Of The Skiffle
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