The Singing Scott Brothers
The Singing Scott Brothers were a well-known close harmony variety act in the UK, particularly active between 1949 and 1955. They were in fact real brothers from Glasgow and the family name was Brünjes. Harry was born in 1924, Drew in 1926 and Tom in 1928.
Initially their career was in Scotland in summer shows, pantomimes and variety weeks. Subsequently they moved south of the border with seasons at Bridlington, Scarborough, Great Yarmouth, Bournemouth and Blackpool. They worked with some of the biggest names of the day from both sides of the Atlantic, including Vera Lynn, Charlie Chester, Morecambe and Wise, George Formby, Elsie and Doris Waters, Al Martino, Billy Daniels and Guy Mitchell. They enjoyed close friendships with Chic Murray and Terry Hall & Lenny the Lion.
The peak of their career was the Royal Variety Show in 1952 at the London Coliseum. It is only recently that old recordings have come to light including several of their radio shows. These recordings were of poor quality but have been digitally remastered for a compilation album. For the early recordings in Glasgow their father Harry Brünjes accompanied the three brothers on piano.
At the time of the CD release in 2009, Harry is 85 and lives on the Isle of Wight. Drew is 83 and based in Glasgow and Tom is 81 and has been in Los Angeles for over fifty years. After show business Harry became a headmaster, Drew a chemistry lecturer and Tom an electronics engineer. There were two more brothers, Eric (born 1933) and Jack (born 1937) and also two sisters Marie (born 1935) and Margaret (born 1940).
The last time The Singing Scott Brothers sang together was in 1973 for their parents golden wedding which attracted national press.
- Moore, John. The Gaiety, A panorama of popular theatre in Britain in the twentieth century UK: South Ayrshire Council, 2001. ISBN 978-0-901567-26-0
- The Performer, The Premier Variety Journal, The Official Organ of the Variety Artistes Federation. Registered at the GPO. October 9, 1952.