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The Alexander Brothers are an easy-listening folk-music duo from Scotland, who have been performing since the 1950s.

Tom Alexander (1934 - ) and Jack Alexander (1935- ) were born in Cambusnethan, near Wishaw. On leaving school in the early fifties, the brothers pursued a trade as painters and decorators by day, and entertainers by night, and spent most of their spare time performing for elderly people in hospitals and for various charitable institutions in and around their hometown. In the spring of 1958, they entered a talent contest which was held in their local cinema. They won the contest “hands down” and one of the judges (who was a well known Scottish Theatrical Agent) was so impressed, he placed the boys under contract that summer. They made their professional debut at the Webster Hall, Arbroath. It was during this season that they received their first long term contract for five Winter Seasons at Glasgow’s famous Metropole Theatre. Following Arbroath they were engaged to appear at the Metropolitan Theatre, Edgeware Road, London, and it was during this season they were spotted and signed to Pye Records. They cut their first LP 6 weeks later.

Their biggest hit single was “Nobody’s Child” in 1964. It sold more copies in Scotland that year than did recordings by The Beatles.[1] Their other hits include “These are My Mountains”, “The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen”, “Bonnie Wee Jeannie McColl”, and “Two Highland Lads”. They toured Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. They appeared at the Sydney Opera House with Jimmy Shand as a guest, and have also played in Carnegie Hall in New York.

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