Prior to the Contest, he trained at the Royal College of Music as an opera singer. However, he opted pursue a career singing traditional Scottish songs and other works. He was also a well-known fixture in pantomimes. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s he also appeared on the BBC Television Hogmanay celebration programme, alongside Jimmy Shand, Andy Stewart and Moira Anderson.
He signed a deal with Decca Records and released the albums "The World of Kenneth McKellar" (1969) and "Ecco Di Napoli" (1970), which spent a total of ten weeks the UK Albums Chart. He also recorded an album in Afrikaans, which was released just before his tour of South Africa in October 1970.
On New Year's Eve 1973, the first Scottish commercial radio station Radio Clyde began broadcasting and the first record they played was "Song of the Clyde" sung by Kenneth McKellar. The same song was featured in the opening titles of the film "Billy Liar".
He continued to be successful until his announced his retirement from performing in the 1990s. He died of pancreatic cancer, at the age of 82, at his daughter's home near Lake Tahoe in the United States, on 9 April 2010 and was buried in Paisley, Scotland.
|Eurovision Song Contest 1966|
|Artists||Margot Eskens • Ulla Pia • Tonia • Michèle Torr • Berta Ambrož • Åse Kleveland • Ann Christine • Madalena Iglésias • Udo Jürgens • Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson • Raphael • Madeleine Pascal • Téréza Kesovija • Domenico Modugno • Dominique Walter • Milly Scott • Dickie Rock • Kenneth McKellar|
|Songs||Die Zeiger der Uhr • Stop - mens legen er go' • Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel • Ce soir je t'attendais • Brez besed • Intet er nytt under solen • Playboy • Ele e ela • Merci, Chérie • Nygammal vals • Yo soy aquél • Ne vois-tu pas? • Bien plus fort • Dio, come ti amo • Chez nous • Fernando en Filippo • Come Back to Stay • A Man Without Love|