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Isabel Fraser reports
"To many Scots, Jimmy Shand was country dance music"
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Saturday, 23 December, 2000, 18:13 GMT
Death of Scots music legend
Jimmy Shand
Jimmy Shand with his fellow band members
Sir Jimmy Shand, one of Scotland's most famous accordionists, has died aged 92.

Sir Jimmy - he was knighted in a ceremony in Edinburgh last year - sold millions of records throughout a career spanning more than 70 years.

The musician, from Auchtermuchty, in Fife, also played in some of the world's most prestigious venues, including the Carnegie Hall in New York.

He died in Perth Royal Infirmary on Friday after a long illness.


This is a sad day for Scotland. Jimmy Shand was a giant of the musical world

First Minister Henry McLeish
Jimmy Shand first made a recording of his brand of Scottish dance music in 1933.

For the 25-year-old, it was the first step in a distinguished recording career.

His big commercial break came 10 years later, when he signed for EMI.

It was this move which led to him becoming the outstanding figure of Scottish accordion music, recognised not just in Scotland, but everywhere the music was played abroad.

The final official recognition came in July 1999, when he was knighted by the Prince of Wales during a ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Jimmy Shand
Sir Jimmy was known throughout the world
First Minister Henry McLeish paid tribute to Sir Jimmy

He said: "This is a sad day for Scotland. Jimmy Shand was a giant of the musical world.

"He made an enormous contribution to preserving Scotland's culture and preserving our musical heritage.

"Jimmy was also a true gentleman who gave up much of his time to work tirelessly for charity. He richly deserved the knighthood he was given recently which recognised his contribution to Scottish music over seven decades.

"My thoughts go out to his family and friends at this sad time. Scotland has lost one of her favourite sons. We will miss him."

He is survived by his wife Anne, 90, and sons David and Jimmy.

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