Heaven's got another Star

Joe Dolan has passed away
Wednesday, 26 December 2007.
Mr Dolan was taken ill at his home in Foxrock
and died  from a suspected brain haemorrhage.
Surrounded by his family


The Drifters were among the leading showbands of the era.
The young singer from Westmeath got a major break in September, 1964
when the Answer to Everything provided him with his first chart entry and reached the #4 spot.
I Love You More and More Everyday reached number three in early 1965 and his next two singles,
My Own Peculiar Way and Aching Breaking Heart went agonisingly close to the top
with both reaching the No.2 position later in 1965.

L/R... Jimmy Horan,Tommy Swarbrigg,Ben Dolan,
Joey Gilheaney Joe Dolan,Des Doherty,
Donal "Sid" Aughey
The Drifters' Legendary Mullingar band fronted by Joe Dolan first chart success came with "The Answer to Everything in 1964 when it reached number 4 in the Irish Charts Tony Newman, long time drummer with the Band, died in May 2000. 
Joe is still going as strong as ever!

The Drifters' Legendary Mullingar band fronted by Joe Dolan
first chart success came with "The Answer to Everything" in 1964
when it reached number 4 in the Irish Charts
Tony Newman, long time drummer with the band, died in May 2000.
Joe is still going as strong as ever!

The Drifters
Joe Dolan, Brother Ben Dolan,Eddie Deihy,(Drums)Sean Connolly,(Trumpet) Charlie McMorrow (Piano),
John Kelly(Trombone) and  Jimmy Horan(Bass)
 Line-up changes Frank Melia(Piano)  Tommy Swarbrigg (Trumpet), left to form The Times Showband
Joey Gilheaney (Trombone), Des Doherty (Piano) and Donal "Sid" Aughey,and Des Doherty
Tony Newman, (Drums)
 


Frankie Mc Donald, Gordon Coleman, Maurice Walsh,
 Kieran McDonnell, Seamus Shannon Ben, and Pat Hoey
 

Recordings
I Love You More And More Everyday", "My Own Peculiar Way", "Aching Breaking Heart",
"Pretty Brown Eyes", "Tar and Cement", "The House With the Whitewashed Gable",
"Love of the Common People" and "The Westmeath Bachelor".
Scoring an international hit with "Make Me an Island,"  topped the music charts of fourteen countries, in 1969,  "Teresa," "You're Such a Good Looking Woman," "It Makes No Difference," and "Falling in Love."
  "When You Say I Love You ", "Does It Always Have To Be This Way?"
"The Wrong Impression " "Workday Blues" "The World Is Going Mad",
"Pretty Brown Eyes" "The Answer To Everything"

MAKE ME AN ISLAND- Joe Dolan- 1969
 One of the producers of the record Jeffrey Everett was also the owner of the radio station - Radio Luxembourg. As a result Joe's song was played on the radio not just once an hour but as Joe says "it was played every hour, every half hour and every 15 minutes".
The song spent 19 weeks in the UK charts and went to no. three. As a result of the huge success of the song it was known all over Europe - France, Germany,Spain to name but a few. Joe would be on a television show in France in the morning and performing in Germany the following day.
He remembers it as an incredibly busy time but throughout it all he never once cancelled a gig in Ireland. He had no idea how long this fame and success would last and felt it was important "to keep the home fires burning."
It all paid off as Joe Dolan after over 40 years in the Entertainment Business is still one of Ireland's most popular performers. Make me an Island was No. 1 in 14 countries.
 


Ben Dolan, Sid Aughey, Joe, Jimmy Horan,
Tommy Swarbrigg, Joey Gilheaney, Des Doherty

Tony Newman, long time drummer with the band, died in May 2000.


This is the first photo of the Drifters Showband.
L/R Jimmy Horan, Joe Dolan, Sean Connolly, Eddie Deehy,
Ben Dolan and myself Charlie McMorrow
1960

mcmorrow20@eircom.net
 
 

 
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