In the late 1950's a young Newry band called 'The Rhythm Aces', decided to ask a local ballroom owner and dance promoter, Malachy O'Neill, to manage the band. Malachy agreed but only on the condition that he would augment the band with some up-and-coming musicians from the local music scene and change the band's name to The Hilton Showband.

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Related: Epic, Clippertones, Grafton

Town/Village/County: Newry, Co. Down

Lead Vocals: Eleanor Toner / Patricia (Grattan) O'Kelly / Peter Cowan / Briege Jordan / Ricky McVeigh / Gerry Black
Lead Guitar:
Mickey Doran
2nd Guitar:
Jimmy McGivern
Tommy Tohill
Dominic Donnelly
Trumpet: Luke Burke
Bobby Campbell / John Hughes
Hugh Kimmons / Pat Savage
Malachy O'Neill

Discography - 45 rpm / 7" Singles

1966: Carlingford Bay / Yesterday's Gone - Pye 7N 17099
1968: Why Bobby Kennedy, Why? / It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' - Emerald MD 1103
1969: People Like You / Beginning To Forget - Emerald MD 1134

Discography compiled by John Murphy

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