Why Ralph McTell has updated his hit Streets of London for coronavirus era
It began with a conversation between a foreign correspondent who loves ballads, and his neighbour, a legend of the British folk music scene.
The result was Ralph McTell agreeing to write a new verse of his legendary hit Streets of London – something he’d always previously refused to do.
First recorded in 1969, the song at one point sold 90,000 copies a day and has been covered by more than 200 artists. It also won Ralph an Ivor Novello award for best song and continues to feature in folk music’s “best of” playlists.
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