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Phil Lynott
Phil Lynott in Oslo, Norway, April 22, 1980.Photo: Helge Øverås
Phil Lynott in Oslo, Norway, April 22, 1980.
Photo: Helge Øverås
Background information
Birth name Philip Parris Lynott
Born 20 August 1949(1949-08-20)
West Bromwich, England, UK
Died 4 January 1986 (aged 36)
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK
Genre(s) Rock, Hard rock, Heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, vocalist, producer
Instrument(s) Bass, keyboards, Guitar, harmonica, Irish Harp, Percussion
Associated acts Thin Lizzy, The Greedies, Skid Row, Grand Slam, Gary Moore

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Early life

Lynott was born in Hallam Hospital (now Sandwell General Hospital) in West Bromwich (then in Staffordshire), England, the son of a Afro-Brazillian father, Cecil Parris, and an Irish mother, Philomena (aka Phyllis) Lynott, whose surname he adopted. His father left his mother just three weeks after he was born and returned to his native Brazil.[1] Sandwell General Hospital is a busy acute teaching hospital of the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust in West Bromwich, England and provides an extensive range of general and specialist hospital services. ... The Public by Will Alsop. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


Phil was initially brought up in Moss Side, Manchester where he became a Manchester United fan. While still at school, he moved to Crumlin, Dublin, to live with his grandmother, Sarah.[2] His parents reportedly kept in touch for a number of years after his birth, but Lynott did not meet his father until the late 1970s. For other uses, see Moss Side (disambiguation) , Moss Side is a residential suburb, district and electoral ward of Manchester in North West England situated two miles (3. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... Crumlin (Croimghlinn in Irish) is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, situated on the Southside of the city between Walkinstown Perrystown Drimnagh and Kimmage. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ...


Music career

In the mid 1960s, Lynott began singing in his first band, the Black Eagles.[2] Around this time, he befriended Brian Downey. Brian Downey (born 27 January 1951, in Dublin, Ireland), is an Irish drummer. ...


After a short stint in Brush Shiels' Skid Row with Gary Moore, Phil formed Thin Lizzy around 1970 in Dublin.[2] He was inspired by Jimi Hendrix as an example of how a black man could be successful fronting a hard rock band. Lynott was the main songwriter for Thin Lizzy, as well as the lead singer and bassist. Their first top ten hit was in 1973, with a rock version of the traditional Irish song "Whiskey in the Jar",[2] featuring a cover by Irish artist and friend, Jim Fitzpatrick.[3] Skid Row was a Dublin band of the late 1960s and early 1970s fronted by Brendan Brush Shiels. ... For the former TV host, see Garry Moore. ... Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band who formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Deon Rexroat of Anberlin. ... Whiskey In The Jar is a song and a single off of heavy metal group Metallicas studio album Garage Inc. ... Jim Fitzpatricks version of Che Jim Fitzpatrick is an Irish artist famous for Irish folk art. ...


In 1978, he was featured in Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, singing and speaking the role of The Parson. In 1979, under the name of "The Greedies", he recorded a Christmas single, "A Merry Jingle", featuring other members of Thin Lizzy as well as Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols. For other uses, see The War of the Worlds (disambiguation). ... Stephen Phillip Jones (b. ... Paul Cook, born on July 20, 1956, is an English drummer and former member of the Sex Pistols. ... Sex Pistols are an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ...


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". The latter was a tribute to Elvis Presley, and featured Mark Knopfler on guitar. His second solo venture, The Phil Lynott Album was a chart flop, despite the presence of the single "Old Town". The song "Yellow Pearl" (1982), was a #14 hit in the UK and became the theme tune to Top Of The Pops. Solo in Soho is the first solo album by Philip Lynott, released while he was still in Thin Lizzy. ... Elvis redirects here. ... Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE (born August 12, 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film score composer. ... Old Town is a song released by Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott from his 1982 self-titled solo album, The Philip Lynott Album. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...


Also in 1980, he married Caroline Crowther, the daughter of British comedian Leslie Crowther.[2] The couple had two children - Sarah, who was born before the marriage, and Cathleen.[2] Leslie Crowther on Wogan Leslie Crowther (6 February 1933, Nottingham – 29 September 1996, Bath) was an English comedian. ...


In 1984, Thin Lizzy disbanded.[2] Later that year, 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, and collaborated with former bandmate blues/rock guitarist Gary Moore on "Out in the Fields" (a No. 5 UK hit in 1985, his highest-charting single ever) and "Parisienne Walkways" (a UK no. 8 hit). Roy Adrian Wood (sometimes erroneously thought to be born as Ulysses Adrian Wood, from a offhand interview comment in the 1960s) (born 8 November 1946 in Birmingham), is a songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. ... Chas Hodges is the piano and guitar playing half of the English music group Chas and Dave. ... John Coghlan (born John Robert Coghlan, 19 September 1946, Dulwich, London, England[1]) was an original member of the English rock band, Status Quo, and is considered a member of Quos celebrated line-up. ... For the former TV host, see Garry Moore. ...


In 1984, he formed a new band, Grand Slam - with Doish Nagle, Laurence Archer, Robbie Brennan, and Mark Stanway. Grand Slam or Phil Lynotts Grand Slam are a rock band, formed in 1984 as the brainchild of ex-Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott. ... Laurence Archer is a guitarist. ... Mark Stanway is a keyboardist. ...


It was rumoured that Lynott would team up with Northern Ireland hit maker Clodagh Rodgers to perform a duet in the 1986 A Song for Europe TV contest with the hope of representing the UK in the subsequent Eurovision Song Contest. 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. Clodagh Rodgers (born 5 March 1947, Ballymena) is a singer from Northern Ireland, probably best known for her hit Jack in the Box; which was the United Kingdoms entry in the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest. ... A Song for Europe can mean: * A former name of the British national pre-selection competition for the Eurovision Song Contest, which is currently called Making Your Mind Up. ... Eurovision redirects here. ... Paul Hardcastle (born December 10, 1957, in London) is an English composer and musician specializing in the synthesizer. ... Nineteen is a track by English musician Paul Hardcastle, released in 1985. ...


Death

The statue in Dublin
The statue in Dublin

Lynott's last years were dogged by drug and alcohol dependency, and on the night of 25 December 1985, he was rushed to hospital suffering from a kidney and liver infection.[2] He died of heart failure and pneumonia on 4 January 1986 at the age of 36.[2] According to album notes, recording of Thin Lizzy's debut album began on 4 January 1971, exactly fifteen years before his death. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (480x640, 88 KB)Statue of singer, songwriter, poet, rocker and Thin Lizzy frontman Philip Lynott (outside Bruxelles Bar on Harry Street, Dublin, Ireland). ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (480x640, 88 KB)Statue of singer, songwriter, poet, rocker and Thin Lizzy frontman Philip Lynott (outside Bruxelles Bar on Harry Street, Dublin, Ireland). ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... Comparison of the perceived harm for various psychoactive drugs from a poll among medical psychiatrists specialized in addiction treatment[1] This article is an overview of the nontherapeutic use of alcohol and drugs of abuse. ... is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about human pneumonia. ... is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ...


A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street, off Grafton Street, Dublin in 2005. The ceremony was attended by former band members Gary Moore, Brian Robertson, Brian Downey, and Scott Gorham, and by Lynott's mother. The attending Thin Lizzy members paid tribute with a live performance.[4] His grave in St. Fintan's cemetery in Sutton is regularly visited by family, friends, and fans.[5] Shoppers on Grafton Street Grafton Street (Sráid Grafton in Irish) is one of the two principal shopping streets in Dublin city centre, running from St. ... For the former TV host, see Garry Moore. ... Brian Robbo Robertson Brian Robertson is a Scottish guitarist and former member of Thin Lizzy and Motörhead. ... Brian Downey (born January 27, 1951) was the drummer for the band Thin Lizzy, who, along with bassist-vocalist Phil Lynott, made up the core of the bands success as a pioneering hard rock group. ... Scott Gorham was the co-lead guitarist in the rock band Thin Lizzy from Eric Bells departure and Gary Moores temporary stint in 1974 until its breakup in 1983. ... St. ... Sutton (Irish: Cill Fhionntáin - Fintans cell) is a residential suburb of Dublin, Ireland. ...


In November 2005, American actor Gary Dourdan revealed in a radio interview that he has carried out preliminary work with a view to playing Phil Lynott in a film biography. This has also been tentatively confirmed by Phil Lynott's mother, Philomena, in an article by Rolling Stone magazine.[6] [7] Gary Dourdan (born Gary Durdin, December 11, 1966 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor, widely known for portraying Warrick Brown on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. ...


In 2006, a Thin Lizzy tribute band played at the Nerve Centre, Derry, in memory of Phil Lynott. During the gig, Phil Lynott's elderly mother, Philomena Lynott, came onto the stage and sang vocals on "Dancin' in the Moonlight" in memory of her son. The Nerve Centre is an entertainment venue, that was established in 1990 as an eviroment for youth culture in Derry, Northern Irelands second largest city. ... For other places with similar names, see Derry (disambiguation) and Londonderry (disambiguation). ...


The same year, Lynott's mother allowed Micky Waters, bass guitarist of The Answer, to be the first to play her son's bass since his death. The bass was also used in the band's music video for the single "Keep Believin'". Michael Micky Waters is the bassist of rock band The Answer. ... The Answer are a hard rock and blues rock band hailing from Newcastle and Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland. ...


In April 2007, The Rocker: A Portrait of Phil Lynott was released on DVD in the UK.


Solo discography

Albums

Solo in Soho is the first solo album by Philip Lynott, released while he was still in Thin Lizzy. ... The Philip Lynott Album is the second solo album by Philip Lynott, released 1982. ...

References

  1. ^ Thin Lizzy website
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Thin Lizzy star dies on BBC website. Retrieved 28 December 2007
  3. ^ *Philip Lynott remembered by his friend, artist Jim Fitzpatrick
  4. ^ Thin Lizzy's Lynott back in town from BBC News, Northern Ireland, 20 August 2005. Retrieved 28 December 2007
  5. ^ Lynnot's grave, St. Fintan's Cemetery
  6. ^ Rolling Stone article
  7. ^ April 2007 story
  • Hale, Mark (1993). "1694 Philip Lynott", Headbangers, First edition, second printing, Ann Arbor, Michigan: Popular Culture, Ink, 201. ISBN 1-56075-029-4. 
  • Putterford, Mark (2002). Phil Lynott: The Rocker (in English). Omnibus Press, 228. 

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See also

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ShowBiz Ireland - Phil Lynott Honoured with a Statue: Photos... (306 words)
The Boys truly were Back in Town over the weekend as the late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott was honoured with a magnificent bronze statue outside one of Dublin city's favourite watering-holes...
The statue marks Phil's 56th birthday and honours the talented Irish star who died 20 years ago in 1986, at the age of just 36, from heart failure as the result of a drug overdose.
All of Phil's old bandmates and friends including Gary Moore, Eric Bell, Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson and Brush Shiels gathered with Phil's mum Philomena for the unveiling ceremony on Friday night.
Phil Lynott - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (662 words)
Lynott was born in Hallam Hospital (now Sandwell General Hospital) in West Bromwich (then in Staffordshire), England, the son of a Brazilian father, Cecil Parris, and an Irish Catholic mother, Philomena (aka Phyllis) Lynott, whose surname he took.
Lynott was the main songwriter for Thin Lizzy, as well as the lead singer and bassist.
Lynott's last years were dogged by drug and alcohol dependency, and the night of December 25, 1985, he had a health breakdown caused by a heroin overdose, collapsed and was sent to Salisbury Infirmary, where he died of complete system failure on January 4, 1986 at the age of 36.
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