Yikes, it's been a long, long time since I uploaded something here. Let's put that right right now by uploading another Pat Egan column. But first let's take a trip down memory lane to find out what was going on, or important, in the world of showbiz in early January 1974.
As you can see, the cover shows various winners from "Ireland's National Showbiz Poll". A quick peek at the results tell us that; Red Hurley was voted No. 1 Male Singer (Irish), Tina was voted No. Female Singer (Irish), Thin Lizzy were voted No. 1 Group (Irish), The Wolfe Tones were voted No. 1 Folk Group (Irish), Horslips were voted No. 1 Home-Based Group (Irish), Talk About Pop was voted No. 1 TV Programme, Larry Gogan was voted No. 1 Dee Jay, Gay Byrne was voted No. 1 TV Personality, Ray Lynam was voted No. 1 C&W Singer, Whiskey In The Jar was voted No. 1 Best Single, there is a hole in the page here, so I can only presume it was a picture of Rory (Gallagher) so that means he probably won Best Album, Peggy's Leg were voted No. 1 Lesser Known Band Prospect and Discs-A-Gogan was voted No. 1 Radio Show. That concluded the Irish section.
The International section went something like this;
Top of the Pops (best BBC TV show), Crossroads (best UTV show), Jimmy Saville (best British DJ), Luxembourg (best radio station), Johnny Cash (best C&W star), Tie A Yellow Ribbon (best record), Kid Jensen (best Radio Luxembourg show), Slade (best group), Thin Lizzy (best Progressive group), Solid Gold (best BBC radio show), Gilbert O'Sullivan (best male singer), Suzi Quatro (best girl singer).
So, there you have it. It might be hard for younger music fans to realise that things were much different in the early '70's (technology-wise as well) and so it could be easy to underestimate how important Radio Luxembourg was to rock-started fans in those days. I remember sitting by the radio faithfully to listen to Kid Jensen and guys like that and to marvel at Lizzy's rise up the charts with Whiskey In The Jar. Pioneering days indeed!
Right, let's see what Pat has for us this week; two photos, one of Sleepy Hollow (the band from Cork that used to support Rory a lot) and Pyramid (who were playing with Hawkwind).
Decca Records will also release some old Van Morrison tracks on an album titled "T.B. Sheets". Some of the numbers have never been on record before. The title song is from Van's Blowing Your Mind album, which is now a collector's piece.
Skid Row manager Ollie Byrne says he has fired (his word) Skid Row after a row over the groups's line-up. Talk of a new guitarist joining the band apparently caused the dispute. A member of the group said: "We're out on our own now and intend to stay that way".
Hawkwind gig definite
The Hawkwind's Dublin gig is on and will take place on February 4th. There was some doubt about the date and venue but the groups Irish agent Paul Charles told me: "everything is now in order and the group will tour as planned". Tickets will be on sale at the Sound Cellar.
The news that Gary Moore was to stand in with Thin Lizzy for the out-of-action Eric Bell was a great boost to ticket sales for the group's Stadium concert on Wednesday. Gary's fans who had given up hope of ever seeing their idol were delighted with his inclusion in the Lizzy line-up.
Cork's Gaslight will play in and around Dublin this weekend. They're in Newbridge (18th), Zeros (19th), CYMS Fairview (20th), Trinity College (lunchtime) and Gonzos (evening) on Monday.
Film maker Tony Palmer had his cameras at an after-gig for Rory Gallagher in Cork. Members of all the loacl groups, including Gaslight and Sleepy Hollow, were invited and Rory jammed with some of their musicians. Gaslight manager Denis Desmond told me: "It was one hell of a party".
Stackridge For Trinity
Stackridge, one of England's better young bands of the moment will be at Trinity College, Dublin on Saturday week (26th). It's the first concert of the new year at Trinity.
Cromwell will provide the live music at a special rock film event at Dublin's State cinema on Friday week (25th). The show, a late-night one, will feature the Pink Floyd at Pompeii film - a chance for fans who missed it at the Carlton last month. The Floyd movie will be in Clonmel on Saturday 26th.
Dave Prim are back on the road and will play a Dublin gig at Gonzos on Saturday week (26th). They are taking a regular spot at the rock 'palace' by playing every second week for two months. Group leader dave, who has his own record business in Clonmel, has handed overe the running of it to a friend while he consentrates on his playing with the band.
Mushroom, who continue to pick up big slaes with their "Early One Morning" album will now have to hold back British release. Because of the three-day working week companies there are not signing new acts until the situation improves. Band members Aengus McNally and Pat Collins tell me they are planning a new single which they think will be even bigger than "Devil Among The Tailors". Mushroom top the New Spotlight Night-Out bill at the Television Club next Monday.
East of Eden, the band featuring Irish multi-instrumentalist Joe O'Donnell, have split up. The current trade and economy problems are pushing a lot of bands to the brink and Eden were one of the first to feel the pinch.
With all due respect to Donall Carvin I think he was very unfair to two of the best albums of the year - those by Fruupp and Mushroom. He can't be serious when he calls "Future Legends" amateurish, and with the exception of one track on "early One Morning" the Mushroom set is one of the best things since the traditional boom started...next Rory Gallagher album a double set...drawing big crowds, Brian O'Reilly's Perseus musical, the second such success for the Loudest Whisper star...it's being presented by the Fermoy Youth Club...isn't there romance in the wind for Rory Gallagher...small crowd for Zebedee at Gonzos last week...hope that big international rock acts will visit rise as Stadium lifts rock ban...Horslips' The Tain now out on cassette and cartridge...good Time Machine tracks on Ken's Klub...Pyramid, up-and-coming band from Thurles...agent Peter Bodie split with Rodeo.
Ireland's Top 20
01 - I'm Gonna Make It - Joe Cuddy
02 - Music Across The Way - Sonny Knowles
03 - My Coo-Ca-Choo - Alvin Stardust
04 - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday - Dana
05 - Liberty Boy - Brendan Grace
06 - The Show Must Go On - Leo Sayer
07 - Don't Pretend Anymore - The Memories
08 - I Love You Love Me Love - Gary Glitter
09 - Christmas In My Hometown - Gene Stuart & The Mighty Avons
10 - Beautiful Peace - Tommy Drennan
11 - Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade
13 - Super Maxi - Dicky Rock
14 - Fall In With The Band - Ann Bushnell
15 - You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me - New Seekers
16 - Thanks For The Memories - Danny Doyle
17 - Pal Of My Cradle Days - Sean Dunphy
18 - Super Single - The Cotton Mill Boys
19 - Cover Mama's Flowers - Brian Coll
20 - Why Oh Why Oh Why - Gilbert O'Sullivan