Ross McManus

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Re: Ross McManus

Postby And No Coffee Table » Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:49 pm

johnfoyle wrote:This is Ross MacManus under another name , says someone on Twitter - so it must be true.


It's not just someone on Twitter, it's EC in the New York Times:

Elvis Costello wrote:My father, Ross MacManus, was a dance-band singer and sang on the radio. But he also made money on the side doing — I call them ‘‘ghost records’’ — cover records that were sold in the supermarket and at the petrol station. An Australian producer used to have him come in and record carbon copies of hits of the day, four titles in an hour. And they would put those four titles out on an EP. Sometimes my dad was all four voices on an EP but different identities. He’s Hal Prince on one thing. Then he’s Frank Bacon and the Baconeers doing ‘‘She Loves You.’’ Then he’s a member of the Foresters, on Peter, Paul and Mary’s arrangement of ‘‘Blowing in the Wind.’’


http://www.45cat.com/artist/frank-bacon ... -baconeers
http://www.45cat.com/artist/frank-bacon
http://www.45cat.com/artist/the-baconeers
http://www.45cat.com/artist/hal-prince
http://www.45cat.com/artist/hal-prince- ... -layabouts
http://www.45cat.com/artist/the-foresters

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Re: Ross McManus

Postby johnfoyle » Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:06 pm

Missed that , thanks.

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Re: Ross McManus

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Re: Ross McManus

Postby johnfoyle » Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:28 am

The 1965 short film that featured the Ross MacManus clip that Elvis has been using in his shows now seems to be accessible to all via the copyright holder's site. Ross is c.8 minutes in.

https://vimeo.com/67602033

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Re: Ross McManus

Postby johnfoyle » Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:23 am

The full clip of If I Had A Hammer is back up - catch it while you can!

http://www.videoup.org/v/3cp7ws1lu

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Re: Ross McManus

Postby johnfoyle » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:52 pm

Image

Ross McManus sings The Long And Winding Road

in English


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnnZ2kQQ5vM

DAY COSTELLO - THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD (REMASTERED BY TOM MIX)



....and in Italian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuaxHSqjNWg

DAY COSTELLO-LA LUNGA STRADA CHE Clan Celentano

From the youtube link -

(Elvis quote from unspecified source )

"My dad, Ross McManus, released a cover version of "The Long and Winding Road" in 1970 under the name of Day Costello". "You know those "Top Hits" budget albums which were prevalent in the 1960s done by no-name artists, well, Ross sang on budget records for an Australian, Allan Crawford, and he wanted him to cover "The Long and Winding Road". Allan had Danny Street sing it for another budget record for Crossbow but Allan didn't like Dan's vocals, and when Allan realised that the Beatles weren't going to put it out as a single, he said that Ross should put it out in its own right. He got hold of the Danny Street backing track, but it had been recorded at a very slow pace, even slower than the McCartney version, and when Ross's version was reviewed that was one of the things held against it. It wasn't a big hit...except in Australia and Italy"...

The release of "The Long and Winding Road" in Australia was on Fable Records and because of the big 1970 radio ban it got saturation airplay. Using a name that nobody recognised was a smart move as many people at the time thought Day Costello was the name of an Aussie pop group...the Italian release of this song can be found for download around the world if you search on Google for "La Lunga Strada Che". The Italian version has been on C.D.

Here is the Australian No.1 "The Long and Winding Road" which has not been on C.D.

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Postby thepopeofpop » Sat May 27, 2017 10:25 pm

And No Coffee Table wrote:I didn't realize he used the McManus (as opposed to MacManus) spelling professionally.

Or maybe that's just a misspelling...


I don't think anyone has ever addressed this in this thread, but Ross was actually named "McManus" at birth ("Ronald Patrick McManus" is on his birth certificate, and his father's name was Patrick McManus). It has been suggested that that shift to "MacManus" was made to address anti-Irish prejudice - as "Mac" surnames are supposedly more "Scottish", but if that was the reason then it was mistaken, as there are plenty of Scottish surnames beginning with "Mc" as well as "Mac". It also doesn't explain why Ross used "McManus" for much of his professional career, only later adopting the "MacManus" surname. Although Elvis has always been known as Declan MacManus, I'm not sure if he was actually born "MacManus". Is it "MacManus" or "McManus" on Elvis' birth certificate? Does anyone know?

Both "Mc" and "Mac" mean the same thing = "son of".
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