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Sir William Connolly, CBE is a Scottish stand-up comedian, musician, presenter, actor and artist. He is sometimes known, especially in his homeland, by the Scots nickname “The Big Yin”.

Connolly’s first trade, in the early 1960s, was as a welder (specifically a boilermaker) in the Glasgow shipyards, but he gave it up towards the end of the decade to pursue a career as a folk singer. He first sang in folk rock band The Humblebums, also now available on Talking Elephant, alongside friends Gerry Rafferty and Tam Harvey, with whom he stayed until 1974, before beginning singing as a solo artist.

In the early 1970s, Connolly made the transition from folk singer with a comedic persona to fully fledged comedian, for which he is now best known. In 1972, he made his theatrical debut, at the Cottage Theatre in Cumbernauld, with a revue called Connolly’s Glasgow Flourish. He also played the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 1972, Connolly’s first solo album was produced, Billy Connolly Live!, a mixture of comedic songs and short monologues.

Now remastered for CD we can hear and enjoy the magic of the man from his early days.

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1. Stainless Steel Wellies
2. Song For A Small Man
3. The Donkey
4. Telling Lies
5. Glasgow Central
6. Good Love
7. A Little Of Your Time
8. Near You
9. Winchburgh Junction
10. Oh Dear
11. Mc Ginty