Danny Hooper country music singer would frequently be found in the 1970s with 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. It wasn’t long before he strummed his first song, Banks of the Ohio.
During 2005 Danny Hooper was inspired to reignite his dream to become a household name in Australia. His debut single, Every Reason, was played throughout Australia where it made number 37 on the Top 100 Country Hits chart. ‘Already Gone‘ was a track 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.
Danny Hooper Country Music Singer
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 will pass on to his own children.
“Banks of the Ohio“, also known as “Down on the Banks of the Ohio” and “I’ll Never Be Yours”, is a 19th-century murder ballad, written by unknown authors. The lyrics tell of “Willie” who invites his young lover for a walk during which she rejects his marriage proposal and once they are alone on the river bank, he murders the young woman.
The song was first recorded by country musicians in 1927, and has been performed by many country and folk singers since. Olivia Newton-John released a version in 1971 and her recording reached No. 1 in Australia and No. 6 in the UK.
Commercial recordings of the song started in August 1927 with a country version by Red Patterson’s Piedmont Log Rollers (as “Down by the Banks of the Ohio”) and by Grayson and Whitter (as “I’ll Never Be Yours”) the same year as one of their first recordings for Gennett. Other early country music stars who recorded the song included Ernest Stoneman (1928), Clayton McMichen (1931), The Callahan Brothers (1934), The Blue Sky Boys (1936), and The Monroe Brothers (1936). The Blue Sky Boys partly rearranged the song and their version appears on the soundtrack of the 1973 film Paper Moon. Wikipedia.