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The Miami Showband
Kings of the showband scene.
Joe Tyrrell,(Piano) Tony Bogan,(Drums)Clem Quinn(Guitar)
Martin Phelan(Sax)Tommy O'Rourke,(Trumpet) Murty Quinn,(Trombone)
Denis Murray (Bass)Dickie Rock came from  The Melochords.

The Miami Showband was one of the great Irish showbands, fronted at their peak by the charismatic figure of Dickie Rock. Rock, a Dubliner, was one of Irish music’s biggest names, competing in Eurovision in 1966.
He had acted as the figurehead of the band since the early 1960s.

The band was actually formed before Rock joined in 1962. In a manner reminiscent of today’s pop industry, The Miami Showband was formed by Tom Doherty, a music promoter. Doherty set out to lure the cream of Ireland’s musical talent into ‘the greatest band in Ireland’. Rock’s arrival followed the departure of Jimmy Harte to seek his fortune in America. Rock was joined in the band by Murty Quinn, Joe Tyrell, Tony Bogan, Clem Quinn, Tommy O’Rourke, Denis Murray and Martin Phelan.

The Miami Showband quickly carved out a niche for themselves with romantic ballads, rapidly catapulting Rock to pin-up status. Soon they were supporting Petula Clark in London, as well as maintaining their gruelling Irish schedule. Songs such as ‘There’s Always Me’, ‘I’m Yours’ and ‘From the Candy Store on the Corner’ gave the band consecutive number one hits, and secured their position as one of Ireland’s premier bands.


                        The Miami Showband 
the most highly regarded ands, perhaps THE most respected,  they were a pop band who could play any style of music. 
Between 1963 and 1977 Dickie and the Miami Showband had 8 top ten hits 
                    Dickie Rock 
was considered to be one of the country's biggest heart throbs in the 1960's. 
Dickie enjoyed enormous success with the popular Miami showband, 
including a string of Irish Top 10 hits. 
Once again the high profile generated by his Eurovision appearance in 
Luxembourg brought another Irish Number with the song "Come Back To Stay". 
The loyalist murder of three members of the Miami Showband in 1975
has ensured that the band's name lives on in political as well as popular culture.

 
              Miami Showband. 
               Phoenix Park in Dublin, August 1965. 
                         Photo Robert Merchant 
           robert.merchant@ntlworld.com
A typical Miami Showband Dance scene 
Although this Ballroom was packed to capacity, 
1000 fans failed to gain admission. 
                                Tommy Q'Rourke,(Trumpet) Martin Phelan,(Sax) Murty Quinn (Trombone)
                                                  and Bassist Dennis Murray left to form The Sands
                                    Five new  musicians were enlisted . Fran O'Toole and Paul Ashford
                                                                   came in from The Chosen Few
                                            Pat McCarthy joined from Arklow's Columbia Showband,
                                               Des Lee  from The Arrivals  Brian McCoy  from The Secrets
 

 

 

 

 

                                                      COME BACK TO STAY - Dickie Rock 1966
                    On March the 5th 1966 Dickie performed the song in Luxembourg where it came 4th.
                                     Rowland remembers the first time he met Dickie he was in Aungier Street
                                                                when he stopped traffic on the street.
                              Dickie remembers the time with great fondness - "spit on me dickie"
                                       took off in Belfast in the 60's and spread all over the country.
                        When they came home from the eurovison they were mobbed by supporters and
                 well wishers the song went straight to no 1 in 1966 and stayed in the charts for 9 weeks.
 

      Recordings "There's Always Me" "I'm Yours", "From The Candy Store On The Corner"
               "Every Step Of The Way", "Wishing It Was You "  "Come Back To Stay"
               "Simon Says" in 1968. "Just For Old Times Sake" and "Round And Around".
                                        "One Kiss For Old Times Sake" "Buck's Polka

 
Left to Right Paul Ashford,Des Lee,Martin Brannigan,Danny Ellis
Clem Quinn,Dickie Rock,Brian McCoy
Seated Fran O'Toole

Brian McCoy,Fran O'Toole,Tony Geraghty
Clem Quinn,(RIP)

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Jim Harte
I am living in Perth Western Australia and still singing.
just released a CD of 14 songs
Photo taken in a market in Cape Town SA in March this year.
Guitar as you can see is made out of a oil can.
Made by a local guy there and sells for just under $1000.00 Australian.roughly 1750 Euro.
Great sound and action.Had a brief jam with the guy at his stall.....as you do.

Every account I have read of my leaving the band to go to America "To seek fame and fortune" is totally wrong.
 The real reason is that I was working and studying at that time and my folks thought it would be best to wait.
It was a huge decision for me and to be honest one I regretted for a long time but everything happens for a reason and I have and still continue to have a great musical career.It has taken me to many places.

This year I was in South Africa and later at the end of December
I am doing a Pacific Islands Cruise  for 12 days.
So life and the music are good.

My CD is a project which started off as 1 song I had written for a guy in Western Australia it ended up with 14 of my songs and my pocket a lot lighter.Some muso friends of mine here played on it and turned a sow's ear into a silk purse.I also played Piano ,Rhythm Guitar and did all the lead and backing Vocals.It was great fun.

WA is very wild but beautiful and when I was doing gigs up in Broome took some photos of the very large red rocks there on the side of the road which I used on the cover of cd. Title COUNTRY ROCK

jimharte@optusnet.com.au
 


 
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