In the 1970s you would frequently find Danny Hooper, country music singer, his parents and three sisters belting out some of their favourite tunes around the kitchen table.
This led to guitar lessons with his dad at the age of ten and it wasn’t long before he strummed his first song, Banks of the Ohio.
In 2005 Danny was inspired to reignite his dream to become a household name in Australian country music.
His debut single, Every Reason, was played throughout Australia where it made number 37 on the Top 100 Country Hits chart.
Danny Hooper – Country Music Singer
In 2012 Danny won the back-to-back TSA Award for Best Contemporary Song with You Don’t Need Wings To Fly penned for his friend Sam Bailey.
Already Gone On Hillcrest 62: This track was promoted with Ross Allen at Hillcrest Radio Canada on Hillcrest 62.
Danny now performs at private and corporate functions where he sings mostly cover songs. He recorded and released his debut solo album, The Legacy, in 2007.
Featuring 12 original songs the album name and its title track are a tribute to his father and is also a signal to the legacy of music Danny Hooper, country music singer, will pass onto his own children.
“Banks of the Ohio”, also known as “Down on the Banks of the Ohio”, is a 19th-century murder ballad, written by unknown authors, in which “Willie” invites his young lover for a walk during which she rejects his marriage proposal. Once they are alone on the river bank, he murders the young woman.
The song is superficially similar to other murder ballads in the idiom such as Omie Wise and more especially Pretty Polly, which is also generally narrated in the first person by a killer called Willie. However, it differs significantly in the narrative; the killer explains why he killed his love, and spends much of the song expressing his sorrow and regret.
Musically, it is distinguished by a long refrain which calmly reflects the love and the hopes for the future which he felt before the murder. This gives a different psychological tone to the song, and accompanying singers (or indeed the audience) the possibility of singing along in chorus. (Wikipedia).
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