Glen Daly

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Glen Daly
Birth name Bartholomew Francis McCann McGovern Dick
Born 1920
Origin Glasgow
Died June 1987
Genres Music hall
Occupation(s) Shipyard worker, singer, comedian
Years active 1961–1980 (approx)
Labels Golden Guinea

Glen Daly (born Bartholomew Francis McCann McGovern Dick c. 1920 – 1987) was a Scottish singer and entertainer.


Daly was born in Glasgow where he attended St Mary's School. On completing his education he started work in the Clydeside shipyards.[1]

Daly began his stage career as a foil to Glasgow music hall artiste Lex McLean,[1] and his peers included Andy Stewart and the Alexander Brothers.

The song for which he is best known "The Celtic Song" is still played at the start of home matches for Celtic F.C..[1] Daly also toured extensively and is probably best remembered for appearing on BBC Scotland show The White Heather Club as well as in many pantomimes at Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre[2] where he also frequently topped the bill in variety shows[3] Further afield from his native city Daly was also a popular performer at the Edinburgh Palladium,[4] and in Belfast.[5]

Daly can be heard on Last FM. He has a Celtic supporters' club named after him, in Rothesay, Isle of Bute. The current president of the supporters club is Iain Simpson.

"The Celtic Song" was featured in the US television program, Lost.



  • Glasgow Night Out (Pye Golden Guinea, 1971) – UK #28[6]
  • The Very Best of (Live from the Ashfield Club)[7]
  • Legends of Scotland[8]
  • The Very Best of Glen Daly[9]


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  1. ^ a b c "Glen Daly". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Members Gallery - Dave McIntyre - Perzo The Clown". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Scottish Theatre Archive". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  4. ^ "Tribute to Scotland's King of Comedy - Lex McLean". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  5. ^ Bob Purdie (1990). "Politics in the Streets : The origins of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 138. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ "The Very Best of (Live from The Ashfield Club) : Glen Daly". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  8. ^ [1] Archived February 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "The Very Best of Glen Daly [CD]". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 

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