Johnny McEvoy (born 24 April 1945) is an Irish singer and entertainer of Country and Irish genre born in Banagher, County Offaly, Ireland...Johnny McEvoy's first big break came in late 1966 when he recorded "Mursheen Durkin," an old ballad from the west of Ireland. It topped the charts at Number 1 for three consecutive weeks. It was followed by "The Boston Burglar" which also reached No 1 in the charts. His first tour to the U.S. was in 1967, highlighted by a concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall. It was at this stage he had his third Number 1 Hit with the song "Nora" (a version of When You and I Were Young, Maggie)," from Sean O'Casey's famous play The Plough And The Stars.
Later Johnny formed a band in the 1970s. He wrote his first song "Long Before Your Time." It too reached Number 1. He went on to write numerous more songs, many of which have become standards that have been recorded by other artists including "Long Before Your Time," "Michael," "Going To California," "The Ballad Of John Williams," "Richman's Garden," "Never Learned To Dance," and "The Ballad of Anne Frank." Wikipedia