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Thread #40414   Message #4005546
Posted By: GUEST,Rossey
22-Aug-19 - 04:47 PM
Thread Name: ADD: Silver Darlings (various)
Subject: RE: ADD: Silver Darlings (various)
Peculiar things happen with credits and the late Bob Halfin. My father wrote a typical heather and haggis song called the 'Highland Road', recorded by Dennis Clancy. It was signed by Halfin to Minch Music a company he was involved with, originally correctly credited on record to Stewart Ross.   Then in the 80's it was re-issued on CD by a Canadian Company, and mysteriously wrongly credited to Bob Halfin.. and my father had to phone up various parties to prove he wrote that darned thing.   despite being corrected, more Halfin credits appeared on other re-issues - though it is correct as Ross today. I have a feeling Halfin may have nicked the US and Canadian royalties even though he had no connection to the work. By the late 80' he was dead anyway, but it was weird how his name got attached.

Then of course as I said before - Halfin claimed 50% writing credit of a song (non-existent now), for suggesting the title to my father 'You'll never get used to Uist'. Anyway, 'Silver Darlings' is a beautiful touching melody in its own right which can be played as an instrumental and still sound great. Its nice to know that Jim wrote that element, such a shame Halfin is credited at all.. but that's the way it was back then.. Tin Pan Alley crediting arrangements.