Formed around some members of Earl Gill’s Orchestra, which in the late 1950s was resident band in Dublin’s Metropole Hotel, and a group called the Royal Olympics, The Pacific Showband became one of Ireland’s top showbands during the 1960s.

From 1964 to 1966, the Pacific scored a number of chart hits including “She Wears My Ring” and “Distant Drums” featuring Seán Fagan, “No One Will Ever Know” and “No One Knows” featuring Sonny Knowles and a duet “I Only Came To Dance With You”.

In the late 1960s, like most showbands, there were changes in the band. Sonny Knowles left to join Dermot O’Brien’s band, Peter Lawlor from Naas came in as lead singer and the band decided to emigrate to Canada and changed their name to Dublin Corporation.

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Related: Earl Gill, Dublin Corporation, Clubmen, Difference, Dead Centre, Casino , Purple Pussycat

Town/Village/County: Dublin

Lead Vocals: Seán Fagan
Lead Guitar:
Jimmy Dumpleton / Dave Murphy / Paul Keogh / Dermot Woodfull
2nd Guitar:

Harry Parker
Sonny Knowles / Paddy Reynolds
Freddie Martin / Austin Halpin
Seán Fagan
Marty Fanning
Shay Curran
Mick Quinn

Selected Discography (compiled with the help of Eddie Kelly)

Singles (7"/45 r.p.m.)

1964: She Wears My Ring / Stand Beside Me - Pye 7N15675 (Seán Fagan)
1964: Distant Drums / Photograph To The Wall - Pye 7N15728 (Seán Fagan)
1965: My Auld Killarney Hat / Evening In Mount Melleray - Pye 7N15787 (Sister Mary Gertrude)
1965: No One Will Ever Know / If You Knew - Pye 7N15780 (Sonny Knowles)
1966: No One Knows / The Menace From Ennis - Pye 7N17115 (Sonny Knowles)
1966: I Only Came To Dance With You / Sleepless Nights - Pye 7N17165 (Seán & Sonny)
1965: What's The Use? / Do What I Want You To - Pye 7N15822 (Seán Fagan)
1965  We Could / When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano - Pye 7N 15903 (Sonny Knowles)
1965: This Time / Just To Satisfy You - Pye 7N17002 (Seán Fagan)
1966: No One Knows / The Menace From Ennis - Pye 7N 17115 (Sonny Knowles)
1966: I Only Came To Dance With You / Sleepless Night - Pye 7N 17165 (Sonny Knowles & Sean Fagan)
1967: The Dublin Fusiliers / Edelweiss  Pye 7N 17226  (Sonny Knowles)
1967: For He's A Jolly Good Fellow / She Thinks I Still Care - Tribune TRS 106 (Sean Fagan)
1967: My Jenny / Since I Don't Have You - Tribune TRS 110 (Sean Fagan)
1968: My Lovely Rose And You / I'll Remember You - Tribune TRS124 (Seán Fagan)
1968: The Long Black Veil / You'll Never Get The Chance Again - Major Minor MM545 (Peter Law)
1969: Remains To Be Seen / We Are Happy People - Tribune TRS 125 (Sean Fagan)
1969: My Mothers Eyes / Sunday Drive - Tribune TRS 128 (Peter Law)
1969: Ruby / Red Sails In The Sunset - Tribune TRS 131 (Peter Law)
1970: Momma's Waiting / Rollin' Common - Tribune TRS 140 (Peter Law)

L.P.s (12"/33.3 r.p.m.)

1969: Peter Law & The Sound Of The Pacific - Capitol ST6324 (also Tribune)

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