The Alexander Brothers retire from performing: check out some of their STV highlights

Tom and Jack’s easy listening Scottish folk music charmed audiences for an amazing 54 years – but the brothers are finally set to take a long deserved rest.

Accordion player Tom, 77, has said about calling it a day: “You are only really as good as your last performance.

“Jack has not been well recently and we wanted to be remembered in the right manner.

Made MBEs in 2005, it’s been a long and wonderful career for the pair. Born in Cambusnethan, near Wishaw, they launched their career in 1958 in Arbroath, and managed to outsell some little band called the Beatles in their home country when they released hit single Nobody’s Child in 1964.

With more than five decades of performances, there’s plenty of warm memories for fans of the duo – and we have a few of our own for you!

Above is their opening performance on the first ever episode of The Alexander Brothers Show, which aired during the summer of 1966, with Tom and Jack giving a magnificent performance of Take Me Back. (Watch the full episode here.)

During that time they appeared on Scottish TV many a time – watch our Hogmanay show from 1983, in which host The Alexander Brothers appeared alongside host Andy Cameron, Kenneth McKellar and the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra.

Of course, that wasn’t the only time they’d help bring in the bells, and in 1985 they were back on our screens to celebrate the oncoming New Year, this time with the likes of Allan Stewart, Andy Cameron, Russ Abbott, Sydney Devine and many more.

And do you remember The Alexander Brothers appearing on Shindig? In January 1986 Sydney Devine and the John Carmichael Scottish Dance Band were joined by the brothers, as well as the Waltons, Ronnie Christie, Bernadette, Drew Ross and Alyson McInnes for dancing, live music – and good times, of course!

Then they were also on music show Northern Lights, which featured live performances from a host of Celtic, folk and traditional dance music acts. In this episode you can see them tackle The Glorious North (on the five minute 30 second mark), with the show also featuring performances from Patsy Reid, Mairi MacInnes and Archie Fisher.

If you have any of your own special memories of the Scottish music stars let us know below – we’ll be carrying an interview with Tom and Jack on this evening's STV News at Six.

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