Phil Lynott
Musician, singer-songwriter, producer
Phil Lynott
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".
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Gary Moore Live At Montreux 2010 Debut CD & Blu-ray - Hollywood Today Newsmagazine
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The rest of the set is heavy on the 1980s rock he pioneered solo, as well as his late 60s/70s work with Phil Lynott in Thin Lizzy and Skid Row. And, of course, some blues. Gary Moore was born in 1952 Belfast, Ireland. Heavily influenced by Fleetwood
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The Riptide Movement to rock Phil Lynott Exhibition - hotpress.com (subscription)
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Get yourselves down to The Philip Lynott Exhibition at St. Stephen's Green Shopping bright and early this Wednesday morning August 31 as the supremely talented Riptide Movement continue the series of live performances at the Exhibition
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ALICE COOPER Guitarist Damon Johnson Joins THIN LIZZY - KNAC.com
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I am honored and beyond excited!!" Thin Lizzy's lineup also features Phil Lynott-era members Scott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums) and Darren Wharton (keyboards), with former THE ALMIGHTY singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, and bassist Marco Mendoza
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9th Annual Thin Lizzy Celebration - blogTO (blog)
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Back for its 9th year, the Toronto Thin Lizzy Celebration brings together classic rock lovers, saluting iconic front man/songwriter Phil Lynott, who continues to inspire 25 years after his untimely death. Paying tribute to all things Lynott + Lizzy is
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Harrowing tale of Somalia and story starved of facts - Irish Independent
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The only "black people" we encountered then were on the telly -- and Phil Lynott, except that he was from Crumlin -- and so it was comforting to think that given half a chance we would welcome the poor African children of famine into our hearts and
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Treasured memories -- of stars in the rare old times - Irish Independent
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ON the 62nd birthday of Thin Lizzy legend Phil Lynott today, his mother has given an emotional endorsement to a treasure trove of rare photos of her son and other rock icons. Philomena Lynott said she was delighted when Dublin
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Dublin Samba party for Phil Lynott - RTE.ie
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To mark what would have been the 62nd birthday of the late Irish music great Phil Lynott on Saturday August 20, the MaSamba Samba School will stage a carnival-style tribute featuring Thin Lizzy hits in Dublin. Beginning at 6pm on Saturday August 20,
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Parnell Summer School comes of age with debate exploring equality issues - Irish Independent
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TO celebrate Phil Lynott's birthday next Saturday, August 20, the MaSamba dance and music troupe will put on a spectacular street pageant along Grafton Street at 6pm. Some 90 dancers and members of MaSamba will perform the pageant titled 'The Boys Are
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The Colony Room Remembered - ArtLyst
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Sting, Phil Lynott, Steve Jones from Sex Pistol and all that. Thea Porter was my mate who brought me into the Colony Room. Cecilia W Yu: Sorry who? Can you spell that so I can Google it? Frankie Stein: Haha.Yes! Thea is the lady who designed the
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Shooting the Breeze - Galway Advertiser
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“Phil Lynott was one of those. I remember a session with Eamon Carr, Peter Fallon [poet], Phil Lynott, and Eric Bell [Thin Lizzy guitarist]. Phil was playing guitar, reading lyrics and poems he had ready for Thin Lizzy like 'The Clifton Grange Hotel'
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Ringo Starr And Brian Wilson Honoured At Mojo Honours List Awards 2011 - Gigwise
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The drummer was awarded the Mojo Icon Award, joining past winners Phil Lynott, Ozzy Osbourne and Siouxsie Sioux. Presenting the award, editor-in-chief Phil Alexander said: ''Ringo was the backbeat of one of the greatest bands of all time
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Thin Lizzy Announce Tour UK 2012 - NewsQuod
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Thin Lizzy played their final gig together in September 1984 and founding member Phil Lynott, who also covered vocals and bass, passed away in 1986. Somehow, the spirit of Thin Lizzy lived on through surviving members Scott Gorham, Brian Downey,
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Thin Lizzy announce UK tour for early 2012 - ticket details - NME.com
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Were this to happen, it would mark the first new musicl the band had released since the death of frontman Phil Lynott in 1986. To check the availability of Thin Lizzy tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230
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Dog Ears Music: Volume 183 - Huffington Post (blog)
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Collaborations include Clint Black, Jeff Berry, and Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy). With a dozen releases in his trove, rediscover Frankie Miller with "After All (Live My Life)," from Once in a Blue Moon
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Philomena Lynott to sign My Boy in Easons - Galway Advertiser
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Philomena Lynott, the mother of Thin Lizzy leader and rock icon Phil Lynott, will be in Galway next weekend to sign copies of her book My Boy. Ms Lynott will be in Easons on Shop Street, from 12 noon on Saturday July 16 to sign copies
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Phil Lynott tribute gig details announced - Peterborough Today
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DETAILS of this year's Peterborough tribute to Thin Lizzy singer Phil Lynott have been revealed. Organised by Terry Naraine, Dedication 8 will take place at The Royal British Legion Club, in Broadway, Yaxley, on September 3. Terry said: “After seven
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Phil Lynott
    THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 36
    Thin Lizzy regrouped for a one-off performance in 1986, with Lynott's friend Bob Geldof taking lead vocals, and subsequently reformed as a touring act in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, the members of Thin Lizzy decided to record new material, but chose to do so under the name of Black Star Riders as they and Lynott's widow felt uncomfortable about new Thin Lizzy recordings without Lynott. Each year since 1987 Lynott's friend Smiley Bolger hosts a festival for him on the anniversary of his death called the Vibe for Philo. A number of musicians perform at the festival annually including Thin Lizzy tribute bands and, occasionally, former Thin Lizzy members. On 4 January 1994, a trust in Lynott's name was formed by his family and friends to provide scholarships for new musicians, and to make donations to charities and organisations in his memory. In 2005, a life-size bronze statue of Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street, off Grafton Street in Dublin. The ceremony was attended by Lynott's mother, and former band members Gary Moore, Eric Bell, Brian Robertson, Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Darren Wharton, who performed live. His grave in St Fintan's Cemetery in Sutton, northeast Dublin, is regularly visited by family, friends and fans.
    Lynott's funeral was held at St Elizabeth's Church, Richmond on 9 January 1986, with most of Thin Lizzy's ex-members in attendance, followed by a second service at Howth Parish Church on 11 January.
    More Details Hide Details He was buried in St Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton, Dublin.
    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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  • 1985
    Age 35
    Lynott's last years were dogged by drug and alcohol dependency leading to his collapse on 25 December 1985, at his home in Kew.
    More Details Hide Details He was discovered by his mother, who was not aware of his dependence on heroin. She contacted his wife Caroline, who knew about it and immediately identified the problem as serious. After Caroline drove him to a drug clinic at Clouds House in East Knoyle, near Warminster, he was taken to Salisbury Infirmary where he was diagnosed as suffering from septicaemia. Although he regained consciousness enough to speak to his mother, his condition worsened by the start of the new year and he was put on a respirator.
  • 1984
    Age 34
    He was captain against Alvin Stardust in 1984, on an infamous episode where Morrissey regretted ever taking part in the show.
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    The marriage fell apart during 1984 after Lynott's drug use escalated.
    More Details Hide Details Lynott also had a son, born in 1968, who had been put up for adoption. In 2003, Macdaragh Lambe learned that Lynott was his biological father, and this was confirmed by Philomena Lynott in a newspaper interview in July 2010. Born in England and raised in Ireland, Lynott always considered himself to be Irish. His friend and Thin Lizzy bandmate Scott Gorham said in 2013: "Phil was so proud of being Irish. No matter where he went in the world, if we were talking to a journalist and they got something wrong about Ireland, he'd give the guy a history lesson. It meant a lot to him." In the early 1980s, he purchased several properties in Howth, County Dublin, one of which, White Horses, was a 50th birthday present for his mother. Lynott was a passionate football fan, and a keen Manchester United supporter. He was good friends with United and Northern Ireland star George Best, and the pair regularly socialised at the Clifton Grange Hotel. Lynott later became a shareholder of the club.
  • 1983
    Age 33
    During 1983–85, Lynott co-wrote a number of songs with British R&B artist Junior Giscombe, although nothing was ever officially released and most remain as demos.
    More Details Hide Details However, one of the songs, "The Lady Loves to Dance", was mastered with producer Tony Visconti and nearly released before being pulled by the record company, Phonogram. Lynott was particularly upset about not being asked to participate in Live Aid, which had been organised by his two friends, Geldof and Ure, the latter of whom had briefly stood in as a guitarist for Thin Lizzy. Geldof later said this was because the Band Aid Trust could only accommodate time for extremely commercial successful artists selling millions of albums, which neither Lynott nor Thin Lizzy had done. His last single, "Nineteen", released a few weeks before his death, was produced by Paul Hardcastle. It bore no relation to the producer's chart-topping single of the same title some months earlier. Throughout December 1985, Lynott had been promoting the track and this included performing live on various television shows. The same month, he gave his final interview in which he promulgated his possible plans for the near future; these included more work with Gary Moore and even the possibility of reforming Thin Lizzy, something which he had privately discussed with Scott Gorham previously. He also recorded some material with Archer, Huey Lewis, and members of Lewis's band the News in 1985, which was not released.
    In 1983, following the disbanding of Thin Lizzy, Lynott recorded a rock'n'roll medley single, "We Are The Boys (Who Make All The Noise)" with Roy Wood, Chas Hodges and John Coghlan.
    More Details Hide Details Phil regularly collaborated with former bandmate Gary Moore on a number of tracks including the singles "Parisienne Walkways" (a No. 8 UK hit in 1979) and "Out in the Fields" (a No. 5 UK hit in 1985, his highest-charting single). In 1984, he formed a new band, Grand Slam, with Doish Nagle, Laurence Archer, Robbie Brennan and Mark Stanway. The band toured The Marquee and other clubs, but suffered from being labelled a poor version of Thin Lizzy due to the inclusion of two lead guitar players, and split up at the end of the year due to a lack of money and Lynott's increasing addiction to heroin.
    After the resignation of longtime manager Chris O'Donnell, and Gorham wanting to quit, Lynott decided to disband Thin Lizzy in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details He had started to use heroin by this stage in his career, and it affected the band's shows in Japan when he was unable to obtain any. He managed to pick himself up for the band's show at the Reading Festival and their last ever gig (with Lynott as frontman) in Nuremberg on 4 September.
  • 1980
    Age 30
    On 14 February 1980, Lynott married Caroline Crowther, the daughter of British comedian Leslie Crowther.
    More Details Hide Details He met her when she was working for Tony Brainsby in the late 1970s. They had two children: Sarah (b. 19 December 1978), for whom the eponymous 1979 song was written, and Cathleen (b. 29 July 1980), for whom the eponymous 1982 Lynott solo song was written.
    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".
    More Details Hide Details The latter was a tribute to Elvis Presley, and featured Mark Knopfler on guitar. His second solo venture, The Philip Lynott Album was a chart flop, despite the presence of the single "Old Town". The song "Yellow Pearl" (1982), was a No. 14 hit in the UK and became the theme tune to Top of the Pops.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    Lynott became friends with The Rich Kids' Midge Ure, who deputised for Thin Lizzy during 1979 shortly after joining Ultravox.
    More Details Hide Details Lynott persuaded Lizzy's management to sign Ultravox.
  • 1978
    Age 28
    He was a judge at the 1978 Miss World contest.
    More Details Hide Details Lynott took a keen interest in the emergence of punk rock in the late 1970s, and subsequently became friends with various members of The Sex Pistols, The Damned and Geldof's band The Boomtown Rats. This led to him forming an ad-hoc band known as "The Greedies" (originally "The Greedy Bastards", but edited for public politeness). The band started playing shows in London during Lizzy's downtime in 1978, playing a mixture of popular Lizzy tracks and Pistols songs recorded after John Lydon's departure. In 1979, The Greedies recorded a Christmas single, "A Merry Jingle", featuring other members of Thin Lizzy as well as the Pistols' Steve Jones and Paul Cook. The previous year he had performed alongside Jones and Cook on Johnny Thunders' debut solo album So Alone.
    In 1978, Lynott began to work on projects outside of Thin Lizzy.
    More Details Hide Details He was featured in Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, singing and speaking the role of Parson Nathaniel on "The Spirit of Man". He performed sessions for a number of artists, including singing backing vocals with Bob Geldof on Blast Furnace and the Heatwaves' "Blue Wave" EP.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 19
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Deciding that Bell was a better guitarist, and with Lynott now confident enough to play bass himself in a band, the four of them formed Thin Lizzy The name came from the character "Tin Lizzie" in the comic The Dandy. The "h" was deliberately added to mimic the way the word "thin" is pronounced in a Dublin accent. Lynott later discovered Henry Ford's slogan for the Model T, "Any colour you like as long as it's black", which he felt was appropriate for him. Wrixon was felt by the others to be superfluous to requirements and left after the release of the band's first single, The Farmer in July 1970. During the band's early years, despite being the singer, bassist and chief songwriter, Lynott was still fairly reserved and introverted on stage, and would stand to one side while the spotlight concentrated on Bell, who was initially regarded as the group's leader. During the recording of the band's second album, Shades of a Blue Orphanage, Lynott very nearly left Thin Lizzy to form a new band with Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Paice. He decided he would rather build up Lizzy's career from the ground up than jump into another band that had big-name musicians in it. Due to being in dire financial straits, Lizzy did, however, soon afterwards record an album of Deep Purple covers anonymously under the name Funky Junction. Lynott did not sing on the album as he felt his voice was not in the same style as Ian Gillan.
  • 1968
    Age 18
    In early 1968, he teamed up with bassist Brendan 'Brush' Shiels to form Skid Row.
    More Details Hide Details Shiels also wanted Downey to play drums in the band, but Downey wasn't interested in the band's style, so the job went to Noel Bridgeman instead. The band signed a deal with Ted Carroll, who would later go on to manage Thin Lizzy, and played a variety of covers including "Eight Miles High", "Hey Jude" and several numbers by Jimi Hendrix. Because Lynott did not play an instrument at this point in his career, he instead manipulated his voice through an echo box during instrumental sections. He also took to smearing boot polish under his eyes on stage, which he would continue to do throughout Lizzy's career later on, and regularly performed a mock fight with Shiels onstage to attract the crowd. In mid 1968, guitarist Bernard Cheevers quit to work full-time at the Guinness factory in Dublin, and was replaced by Belfast-born guitarist Gary Moore.
  • 1965
    Age 15
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He attended the Christian Brothers School in Crumlin, where he became friends with Brian Downey, who was later persuaded to join the band from the Liffey Beats. The group fell apart due to the lack of interest of manager Joe Smith, particularly after the departure of his two sons, guitarists Danny and Frankie. Lynott then left the family home and moved into a flat in Clontarf, where he briefly joined 'Kama Sutra'. It was in this band that he learned his frontman skills, and worked out how to interact with an audience.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on August 20, 1949.
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