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This melody was first published in "The Petrie Collection of Ancient Music of Ireland" by George Petrie. It didn't have a title at that time. There are different theories about the origin of this song, but it is assumed Jane Ross copied the melody from a fiddler, possibly called Jimmy McCurry, around 1851.
A jazzy Earle Hagen arrangement of "Danny Boy" was used as theme song in the "Danny Thomas Show" (titled "Make Room for Daddy" for its first three seasons. This was an American sitcom that ran from 1953 to 1957 on ABC and from 1957 to 1964 on CBS.
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