A Brilliant Shane MacGowen cover of a Billy Connolly song has resurfaced!

Richard Bevan
Richard Bevan
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A cover of a Billy Connolly song by the late Shane MacGowan has resurfaced. The song in question, “Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway,” was originally written by Gerry Rafferty during his time with The Humblebums, a folk-pop duo he co-founded with Billy Connolly in 1965.

For those unfamiliar with The Humblebums, they were a sensational act in Glasgow’s pubs and clubs during the late ’60s. The band evolved when Gerry Rafferty joined in 1969, and although they initially performed as a trio, the dynamics changed, leading to Tam Harvey’s departure. The band’s first album, “First Collection of Merry Melodies,” was released in February 1969.

Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty enjoying a drink in the late 60s.

Fast forward to 1994, and the iconic Shane MacGowan, renowned for his role in The Pogues, covered Rafferty’s composition with his band, The Popes. However, the news of MacGowan’s passing last week adds a bittersweet note to the resurfacing of this remarkable cover.

Shane MacGowen’s History Of Poor Health

Shane MacGowan battled longstanding health issues compounded by well-documented struggles with substance abuse. His journey, marked by highs and lows, included alcoholism, drug abuse, and multiple health setbacks. Despite these challenges, MacGowan continued to make significant contributions to the music world.

In 2015, MacGowan experienced a serious fall, fracturing his pelvis and necessitating the use of a wheelchair. His health struggles persisted, leading to hospitalizations and a notable detox period in 2016. Throughout his life, MacGowan faced various health issues, including a broken knee in 2021 and, ultimately, a battle with viral encephalitis, leading to his hospitalisation in December 2022.

Tragically, on November 30, 2023, Shane MacGowan passed away at the age of 65, succumbing to pneumonia at his home in Dublin. His wife, Victoria Mary Clarke, was by his side.

As we reflect on Shane MacGowan’s remarkable career, music enthusiasts and fans of both MacGowan and Billy Connolly now have a unique opportunity. Click on the links provided and compare the two versions of “Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway.” It’s a chance to appreciate a song’s musical evolution and distinct interpretations that traversed generations.

Note: Listen to both versions of the song here: Shane MacGowan and the Popes and The Humblebums featuring Billy Connolly.

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