Johnny Flynn

In 1956, Johnny Flynn, then aged 23 and living in Tuam, put his first dance-band on the road. He was joined by his brothers Francie and Brendan, along with Tuam lads, Olly Maloney, Danny Kelly and Frankie Hannon. During the 1960s, the Johnny Flynn Showband played all over Ireland in ballrooms and marquees, travelled to play in Britain regularly and made seven tours of the U.S.A. and Canada. Hannon in particular was regarded by many as the man responsible for the distinctive sound which enthralled dancers throughout the country. He had a unique style of drumming and also sang all the Fats Domino hits.

Town/Village/County: Tuam, Co. Galway

Lead Vocals: Mickey Eagleton / Gerry Cronin / Pat Smyth / Roy Donnelly / Joe Quigley / Angela McDonagh
Lead Guitar:
Billy Potter / Jim Dalton
2nd Guitar:
Pete Creighton / Martin Murphy
Francie Flynn / Sean Kiernan
Brendan Flynn / Billy McGlinchey / Joe McIntyre
Trumpet: Olly Maloney / Billy Kelly
Danny Kelly
Frankie Hannon / Kenneth Doyle
Johnny Flynn
Miko Kelly

Discography (compiled by Eddie Kelly)

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

1963: I Wanna Go Home / You Took Her Off My Hands - Headline 1018 (USA / vocals: Gerry Cronin)
1963: Hoots Mon Twist / You Took Her Off My Hands - Headline 101? (USA / vocals: Gerry Cronin)
1965: Who Knows / Afraid To Go - Decca F 12141 (vocals: Roy Donn)
1966: Black And Tan Gun / Your Mothers Prayer Emerald MD 1033 (vocals: Pat Smith)
1967: Tell My Little Girl Goodbye / The Fugitive - Emerald MD 1076 (vocals: Pat Smith)
1969: The Dying Rebel / A Word Or Two To Mary Emerald MD 1129 (vocals Pat Smith)
1970: Banna Strand (vocals: Pete Creighton) / Heartbreak Hill (vocals: Frankie Hannon) - Release RL 554
1971: The Cartello (vocals: Joe Quigley) / Magic Trumpet / My Lagan Love - Ruby RUB 129
1972: Four Green Fields (vocals: Pat Smith) / Wandering Home - Pye 7N 60010
1973: Drowning My Sorrows / Playback - Hawk HASP 318 (vocals: Angela McDonagh)
1974: Today Tomorrow And Forever / Burning The Midnight Oil - IRL 229

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

1964: Johnny Flynn Showband - Dominion LP 1361 (Canada)
1972: The Magnificent 7 Plus 2 - Talisman STAL(I) 1025

Johnny Flynn Showband on CD

Black And Tan Gun: The Showband Years - Emerald EGCD 7112
The Fugitive: The Showband Years - Emerald EGCD 7112
Tell My little Girl Goodbye: The Showband Years - Emerald EGCD 7112
Your Mothers Prayers: The Best Of Irish showbands - Emerald EGCD 7113
The Dying Rebel: Finest Irish Rebel Ballads - P.H. Pearse Records CDCELTS 1001
Wandering Home: Fabulous Irish showbands - Castle Pulse PBXCD 476


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