Phil Lynott

Musician + Singer-songwriter + Producer
Born Aug 20, 1949

Philip Parris "Phil" Lynott was an Irish musician who first came to prominence as a founding member, principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist of the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. As the leader of the band, Lynott's vocals and bass guitar were a key element in the commercial success of a string of hit songs, notably "Whiskey in the Jar", "The Boys are Back in Town", "Jailbreak" and "Waiting for an Alibi".… Read More

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1949 Birth Born on August 20, 1949.


1965 15 Years Old Lynott was introduced to music through his uncle Timothy's record collection, and became influenced by Tamla Motown and The Mamas & the Papas. He joined his first band, the Black Eagles in 1965 as a lead singer, playing popular covers in local clubs around Dublin. … Read More
1968 18 Years Old In early 1968, he teamed up with bassist Brendan 'Brush' Shiels to form Skid Row. … Read More
1969 19 Years Old Towards the end of 1969, Lynott and Downey were introduced to guitarist Eric Bell via founding member of Them, keyboardist Eric Wrixon. (Bell had also played in a later line-up of Them). … Read More


1978 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, Lynott began to work on projects outside of Thin Lizzy. … Read More
1979 29 Years Old Lynott became friends with The Rich Kids' Midge Ure, who deputised for Thin Lizzy during 1979 shortly after joining Ultravox. … Read More


1980 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1980, though Thin Lizzy were still enjoying considerable success, Phil Lynott launched a solo career with the album, Solo in Soho: this was a Top 30 UK album and yielded two hit singles that year, "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts" and "King's Call". … Read More
…  After the resignation of longtime manager Chris O'Donnell, and Gorham wanting to quit, Lynott decided to disband Thin Lizzy in 1983. … Read More
1984 34 Years Old 1 More Event
The marriage fell apart during 1984 after Lynott's drug use escalated. … Read More
1985 35 Years Old Lynott's last years were dogged by drug and alcohol dependency leading to his collapse on 25 December 1985, at his home in Kew. … Read More
He died of pneumonia and heart failure due to septicaemia in the hospital's intensive care unit on 4 January 1986, at the age of 36.
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