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Friday, September 10, 1999 Published at 22:34 GMT 23:34 UK

UK: Scotland

Singer Bill McCue dies

Bill McCue was awarded the OBE in 1982

Bill McCue, one of Scotland's most popular singers over the past 40 years, has died at the age of 65.

Mr McCue, whose deep rich tones were heard around the world, was born in Shotts, the son of a mining family.

His work included opera, cabaret, and television and radio work. He also starred in a theatre production of 'Fiddler on the Roof'.

But it is perhaps for his performance of the songs of Robert Burns and other traditional Scottish airs that he was best known.

Mr McCue trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and the Royal Academy of Music.

He began his professional career in 1960, and his success as a singer led to an OBE in 1982.

Comeback performance

In 1997, Mr McCue was praised for a comeback performance with Scottish Opera after apparently winning a year-long battle with lung cancer.

At the time he said that doctors were convinced that his singing had helped to save his life as his lungs were so well developed.

He told the Daily Mail in 1997: "I am going to fight for life to the very last puff. If telling people what has happened to me helps anyone else fight cancer, than I am happy."

Among his recreations listed in the 'Scottish Who's Who' in 1990-91 was "escaping to the Scottish countryside".

He leaves his wife Pat and daughter Kirsteen, a regular contributor on music for BBC Radio Scotland.

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