Today's takeaway: There is no 'Danny Wilson' in Danny Wilson
By 1987, many of us had started to drift away from popular music to explore alternative music, but whenever a great pop song emerged from homogenized radio playlists, it was like our prayers were answered. Such is the case with Danny Wilson’s Mary’s Prayer.
Danny Wilson is a Scottish trio featuring brothers Gary (lead singer) and Kit (keyboards) Clark that took their name from a 1952 Frank Sinatra movie entitled Meet Danny Wilson – the favorite movie of the Clark brothers’ father. The band was signed under the band name of Spencer Tracy but had to switch to another movie-themed name when the Tracy Estate objected.
Mary’s Prayer reached No. 23 on the U.S. charts and would be the one and only appearance by Danny Wilson on the American charts. The band broke up after their second album and all three members have gone on to other music projects, including bass player Ged Grimes, who is now a member of Simple Minds.