2nd Sound Story (Oct. 1971 -
Photo Gallery -
Band Lineups -
- Audio samples -
Where Are They Now?
The story of such a short lived band would normally go unnoticed
except that the lead singer was one of Ireland's best known female
vocalists of the era, Eileen Reid. Eileen had retired from the
Cadets Showband and the ballroom scene in 1968.
June 22, 1968 issue of Spotlight ran two conflicting blurbs about
Eileen's retirement from the Cadets. The first announced her final
Dublin appearance was scheduled for the Ierne Club on June 19th and
the second said her last gig with the band would be the Television
Club on June 22nd. In the article Eileen warned other girls about
getting involved with the showband scene, "I would not recommend it
to any girl - unless they had a great bunch of lads like the Cadets to
work with, and then only for a few years." (6-22-68).
Eileen would marry Jimmy Day, sax
player with the Cadets and had her first child, a girl named Pamela
in 1969. After a short time, Eileen returned to the cabaret scene,
playing gigs in and around Dublin.
In October, 1971 it was reported
that Eileen would be joining George Kaye (formerly of the Smokeys)
in his new band which had been named Real Country but was being
renamed the George Kaye Band. This actually didn't happen as
George formed a cabaret act with several other members of Real
Country and the remainder of the lads joined with Eileen and the
band was the brainchild of Des Kelly who felt his line-up of bands
was top heavy with country outfits. Des Kelly Promotions would
managed the "new" band which would be called The Second Sound.
Their reported first gig was October 30th, 1971 in the Hibernian in
Mallow. although another article says they played on the 29th in
Moate, Co. Westmeath. A few nights later, Eileen was also advertised
doing cabaret in Dublin, so we know she kept both gigs going for a
Her return to the showband scene
was accompanied by a flurry of publicity, although many of the
articles following her reappearance on the showband scene started
with, "remember Eileen Reid," which was a little strange as she had
only retired 3 years earlier. The band released a record, "My Dear
Childhood Sweetheart" and it looked like they were set for a bright
The band's line-up was very strong
with Eileen on Vocals, husband Jimmy Day (sax), Shea Cribben (Riviera
Showband - bass), Joe Holleran (guitar), Bobby Clarke (Raindrops
- trumpet), Paddy Higgins (drums), Joe Murray (Real Country
- keyboards), and Colm Graham (guitar). Jimmy was the band's leader
and Musical Director. The band hit the road running and all
indications were there would be the band of 1972 to beat. Gigs were
plentiful and they were playing all across the country as 1972
On March 9, 1972, a small blurb in
the Connaught Telegraph reported that the 2nd Sound were now
backing Dermot Henry, as Eileen had returned to the cabaret scene.
This wasn't actually true as it was later reported that most of the
band had joined Dermot as the new line-up of the Virginians, but we
will have to do more research to figure out which members joined the
Virginians. However, no more advertisements appeared for Eileen and
the Second Sound and we know Eileen and Jimmy returned to the
cabaret scene (which they had never really left).
In only four short months,
Eileen's return and departure from the showband circuit, if nothing
else, indicated the scene was changing and many of the aging
showband stars of the 1960's were having trouble fitting in with the
new ballroom dance scene of the early 1970's.
More to come.....
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