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The Nevada (1964-1983)

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The Story

Our thanks to Wally Meehan for help with some of the early facts

It didn't happen very often on the showband scene, but once in a while, a the band became "bigger" than any of the stars that took front stage. Of course, it could also be argued that the singers "made" the band, and that was the case many times. However, bands like the Nevada and Miami, always seemed to be at the top, no matter who fronted the band.

Tracing the history of the Nevada is a little difficult without some direct information from the members themselves, but through articles and photos, we can put together a pretty good timeline of the band's history.  

According to Wally Meehan, the band started in 1959 as the Artones Showband. Billed as Tommy Hayden and the Artones, the lineup included Wally Meehan (guitar and vocals), Tommy Hayden (sax), John Cleary (trumpet), Peter Hayden (drums), Jack McGuinness (bass), Jimmy Clarke (guitar), and March Leech (trombone). They played around Dublin, sharing vocals among themselves with no real "frontman" in the early days.

After a few years, around 1962, they were looking to expand their appeal and Tommy found singer Jim O'Connor to take the lead vocal spot, at the same time changing their name to the more hip sounding "Jets Showband." Over the next couple of years. they continued to grow in popularity, but soon manager George O'Reilly felt something was still missing. In 1964, the decision was made to add a female voice to the lineup and George went after the leading female vocalist in the country at the time, Sligo based Maisie McDaniel. Maisie had recorded several records in the early 60's for the Fontana and Beltona labels, made several TV appearances and was already a major star. George also felt one more change was needed, that of a new name and the Nevada was born.     

The Nevada showband was officially launched on St. Stephen's Night, (December 26th) 1964 in the Premier Ballroom in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The band was being managed by George O'Reilly. Sligo's Maisie McDaniel had been fronting her own group, The Fendermen, when George decided the band needed the "glamour" of a female vocalist. Maisie had been seen regularly on RTE television and had become a big name herself. The band was billed as "Ireland's Greatest Double Attraction," and hit the road after Christmas, 1964. However, less than a month later, on January 21, 1965, Maisie was seriously injured in a car accident and was replaced by Rose Tynan for s short while and then Eileen Kelly, a young singer who had fronted Cork's Music Makers in 1964. She dropped her first name and "Kelley and the Nevada" set out to take the ballroom scene by storm.

As mentioned earlier, Jim O'Connor was a lead singer and did not play bass. However, he did not want to take the spotlight. Although not a top draw as of yet, the band played a good brand of pop music and were one of the first bands to break with the showband tradition of being all things to all people. Kelley herself was sold as the "blond bombshell," and the band's popularity continued to rise.

Wally Meehan takes up the story in a recent email, "After the USA, Jimmy Clarke, Jack McGuinness and myself left because we wanted to include a lot more modern music. We were going to start another band..." However, they didn't find the right management and the new band never materialised.  The band also still needed a male "frontman" and for a short time, had an English vocalist who called himself Val Tino. Around this time Willie Walsh also joined the band on trumpet.

In an article in the Sligo Champion's Bandstand column in September 1966, it was announced that Butch Moore, who had recently left the Capitol, would be fronting the Nevada in Las Vegas. It had been reported that Butch had been "lured" away by the promise of a solo career. George O'Reilly, who arranged the Vegas tour, said, "This is a big breakthrough for Irish Showbands. If Kelley and the Nevada succeed, and I am completed confident they will, the door will be open for other Irish groups. This is the first time an Irish showband has secured a booking in Las Vegas." The gig was in the Thunderbird Hotel, then one of the top venues in the city. This claim might be disputed by the Royal Showband, who also plated a 4 week stint in Vegas in 1966 as well.

It is unclear what happened as in 1967 (a few months later), Butch was playing the fledgling cabaret circuit in Ireland with a trio featuring his brother, Des Moore on guitar. After two years though, he decided to emigrate to the United States where he rebuilt his career and lived until his death in 2001.  

The Nevada would leave Vegas to the Royal showband and others, so we do not know whether the tour was "successful." Meanwhile, a news article in November, 1967 announced three members of Jim Farley's Band, Roly Daniels, Danny Ellis and Liam Hurley were quitting the band to start a new showband which would be called the Lions. The band undertook its first American tour in 1967 as well.

Plans were so far advanced that a full lineup was announced which included Gerry O'Boyle on bass, Gary Quigley (drums) and Willie Walsh (who would be leaving the Nevada) on trumpet. There was some confusion about the new band's management with George O'Reilly's name being mentioned, but ex-Freshman manager Peter Dempsey was announced as the final choice.

However, the new band never materialised (although a band called the Lions would be formed a short time later around Danny Pearse). Instead Roly, Liam and Danny joined Willie in the Nevada. Around this time Tommy Hayden took over the band's management and Bunty Hayden (sax) also joined replacing Tommy on sax.

Although later known as a country singer, at this stage in his a career, Roly was billed as Ireland's answer to Tom Jones. Not long after, Danny was replaced by Val Kearney, who came from The Jackpots. The band continued to grow in popularity and by early 1971 were a major draw across the country. They enjoyed some chart success with several of Roly's singles reaching the lower regions of the Irish Charts. 

In January, 1971 the band's advertising still featured Roly Daniels as the band's front man, but the following week, an article announced Jim O'Connor as the bands "reluctant new front man." Jim had just enjoyed a hit single with Christmastime In Inishfree. Roly's departure appears to have been rather sudden, but he would soon resurface with his own country band, Green County along with former bandmate, Jim Farley as his bandleader. The same issue of Spotlight announced Roly's new band would be hitting the road on February 12th. The band quickly followed up with another Jim O'Connor release, Take Good Care Of Her, which failed to chart. The band continued to search for a replacement for Roly during this time.    

This move brought about perhaps the single most important change in their lineup in March, 1971 when they announced Roly's replacement as Liam Hurley's brother, Brian "Red" Hurley, a young singer who had enjoyed some success with his band, Wheels. Red's debut with the Nevada was on March 16, 1971 at the Stella Ballroom in Limerick, fresh off his appearance in the Irish National Song Contest.

Red's boyish good looks and strong vocal ballad style complemented Kelley and the rest of the band perfectly. For the next few years, they won every awards poll in the country with Red and Kelley continually being voted top vocalists. Although Red had sung Going Away in the 1971 Irish National Song Contest and finished second to Angela Farrell, the band instead released Sometimes. The song was a smash success and reached Number 1 in the Irish Charts. In fact, the band would enjoy an unprecedented run of chart success as over the next four years, placing eight singles in the Top five (including three Number Ones). During the early seventies, the band could do no wrong.

However, the band was dealt a serious blow in mid 1972 when they were involved in road accident. Red and Kelley were injured as well but while Red was back in stage in only a week, it took longer for Kelley to recuperate and she announced her return in August, 1972. An interesting fact about the band, and one of the secrets to their continued success, is that the core lineup of Jim, Peter, Bunty, Val and Willie would remain together for over a decade. 

On April 30th, 1974, Red Hurley shocked the showband world by announcing he was also leaving the Nevada to embark on his solo career. In an interview in Spotlight in July, Red admitted that he had been wanting to leave the band for months. After leaving the band, Red headed to the States for a three month stay with his girl friend. "I flew home and offered to sing with the band again," said Red, "but this wasn't taken up." He was planning to form a six piece band which would end up being the Red Hurley Band. A subsequent report in the May 23rd issue of Spotlight claimed Red's contract with the band did not run out until the end of 1974, but that they were looking for a replacement, which was speculated (correctly so) to be Glen Curtin of the New Blues. Around this time Liam would retire from the road after a terrible road accident, but became one of Ireland's top record producers.   

By late 1974, Kelley had grown tired of the constant traveling and was offered the opportunity to replace Twink in Brendan Bowyer's Big 8 band. The Big 8 spent most of the year in Las Vegas, coming home to Ireland for the summers only. Kelley accepted the band's offer. Kelley's departure marked the beginning of a tumultuous period for the band as singers came and went over the next ten years. Although the band continued to operate in the upper echelon of Irish bands, they never again recaptured the dominance they had enjoyed in the early 1970's.

Meanwhile, reeling from the loss of the two stars that had catapulted the band to the top, they recruited two top class replacements: well known singer Glen Curtin, who had previously fronted the New Blues and had several hits under his belt; and Tina Reynolds, who had just represented Ireland at Eurovision singing "Cross Your Heart," penned by Chips' leader, Paul Lyttle. She also had chart topping hits with the Real McCoy in the early 70's and had broken into the business in 1964 with The Mexicans.  Tina had almost died in a car accident in the early 70's with The Real McCoy, but made a strong comeback. Glen played his first gig with the band on Friday, June 28th in Portarlington. 

However, Glen's style never seemed to quite "fit" with the Nevada and although he and Tina worked well together after a bumpy start, after only twelve months, he decided to leave the band which was reported in Spotlight as a "shock split." In October, 1975, Tommy Hayden, now the Nevada's manager, helped Glen put together his own "Galaxy Band" which included female vocalist Lisa Love. That band would also recruit Fergie McElligot on guitar who would eventually join the Nevada in the early 80's. 

Glen's replacement was cabaret artist Ronnie Medford, Ronnie had been starring in Gaels of Laughter in the Gaiety Theatre and joined the band at the end of the show's run in October. The band continued to do well. However, in 1976, the band was involved in another accident, this time Tina receiving injuries to her legs. Although she recovered, within two years she would retire.

In 1977, Ronnie decided it was time to move on and he left to be replaced by young vocalist Roy Taylor. Roy and Tina also worked well together, but in late 1978, Tina announced her retirement, based mainly on recurring problems she had after her two accidents and the stress of life on the road.

Tina was replaced by Dublin cabaret artist Karen Black (Maeve Walsh) and the band maintained a loyal following. However, before the seventies were over, Jim O'Connor and Pete Hayden, the final two remaining original members left the band, along with Val Kearney. Jim was replaced by Tony Quinn on bass and Pete by Gene Berrill on drums. As the 1980's got underway, the band managed to stay together, but only for a short time. 

In 1982 the remaining "heart" of the Nevada, Bunty Hayden and Willie Walsh, realized that the band's days were numbered as brass had not only disappeared from the showband scene, but also from the chart records and were being replaced by synth sounds. They played their last gig in Hayes Hotel, Thurles in March. As they were both brass players, their only option was to downsize the band and eventually to sell the name and business to Roy Taylor

Between 1981 and 1983 the band did a nice business, and although a good pop band, they were definitely helped by the name recognition which came with The Nevada. In 1983, the band released it's final single, Mulligan and Me written by and featuring Roy Taylor, although their last chart appearance had been in 1979. By then, Roy had moved onto bass, and the band was down to a five piece.

We received an email from Roy Taylor in January, 2014 telling us the story of how the band ended. The Nevada were asked to do a charity show in Renvyle Connemara by former Miami and Memories member, singer Peter Eades. It was 1983 and Peter had just left the Memories when Mick Swan rejoined the band.

Roy continues the story, "We did the gig and ended up staying a few nights and having the crack. Peter asked me if I would join him on his Tuesday night residency in Portmarnock and could I bring a good drummer. I did just that, the drummer's name was Jimmy Compton and that was the start of Jump The Gun. We were having so much fun, I decided to call it a day with the Nevada and close down shop."  After nearly two decades on the road, the Nevada were no more.  

One of the truly great bands, the Nevada remained one of the top showbands of the entire era, moving from showband to pop band and through a plethora of lead singers, always providing dancers with what they wanted, good music and a good show.

(Some info for this feature from "Send Em Home Sweatin" by Vincent Power.) 

Nevada Photo Gallery 

click on thumbnails for full image

Artones (RF) Artones (RF) Artones (WM) Artones (WM) Artones (WM)
Jets Showband (BK) Maisie McDaniel & The Nevada - 1965 (DL) Maisie McDaniel & The Nevada - 1965 Nevada (WM)

Kelly & The Nevada (BK)

Kelley & The Nevada - 1966 (LR) Nevada Nevada Live - 1967 Kelley - 1967 Nevada - 1967
Nevada Live - 1968 Nevada Live - 1968 Nevada Live - 1968 Nevada Live - 1968 Nevada Live - 1968
Kelley - 1968 Nevada Live - 1968 Nevada Live - 1968 Roly Daniels - 1968 Kelley - 1968
Roly, Kelley & The Nevada - 1969 (LR) Roly, Kelley & The Nevada - 1969 (PB) Roly Daniels - 1969 Roly Daniels - 1969 Kelley & Roly - 1969
Kelley - 1969 Kelley - 1970 Kelley - 1970 Kelley - 1970 Kelley - 1970
Kelley - 1970 Kelley - 1970 Red Hurley, Kelly & The Nevada - 1971 Jim O'Connor - 1971 Nevada - 1971
Nevada - 1971 Nevada - 1971 Nevada - 1971 Roly Daniels - 1971 (KS) Nevada (KS)
Red Hurley (KS) Kelley - 1972 Red Hurley, Kelly & The Nevada - 1973 Tina at Eurovision - 1974 Red Hurley, Kelly & The Nevada - 1974
Red Hurley, Kelly & The Nevada - 1974 Tina, Glen Curtin & The Nevada - 1975 Ronnie Medford - 1976 Tina & Ronnie Medford of the Nevada Nevada - 1976 (PH)
Nevada (PH) Nevada (PH) Tina, Roy Taylor & The Nevada - 1978 (DD) Tina of the Nevada (PH) Tina and Roy of the Nevada (PH)
Nevada (PH) Tina Reynolds - 1978 Roy Taylor, Karen Black & The Nevada - 1980 The Nevada - 1980 (PH) Nevada - 1981 (DH)
Nevada (PH) Karen Black, Roy Taylor and the Nevada - 1981 Roy Taylor, Karen Black & the Nevada (PH) Karen Black of the Nevada Roy Taylor (PH)
 

Nevada

Article - January 1965 Article - March, 1971 Red Hurley Article Coming Soon
         
Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
         
Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
Record Sleeves
A - Nevada - 1973 B - Nevada - 1973 A - Nevada - 1972 B - Nevada - 1972 A - Nevada - 1972
B - Nevada - 1972 A - Nevada - 1980 B - Nevada - 1980 A - Nevada - 1971 B - Nevada - 1971
 
A - Nevada - 1971 B - Nevada - 1971 Nevada Ad - 1969 Nevada Ad - 1969 Coming Soon

Lineup Changes

Years Vocal Vocal Guitar Bass Drums Guitar Trpt/Accrd Sax/Clar. Trombone
Artones
1960     Jimmy
Clarke
Jack
McGuinness
Pete
Hayden
Wally
Meehan
John
Cleary
Tommy
Hayden
Mark
Leech
Jets
1962   Jim
O'Connor
Jimmy
Clarke
Jack
McGuinness
Pete
Hayden
Wally
Meehan
John
Cleary
Tommy
Hayden
Mark
Leech
Nevada
1964 Maisie
McDaniel
Jim
O'Connor
Jimmy
Clarke
Jack
McGuinness
Pete
Hayden
Wally
Meehan
John
Cleary
Tommy
Hayden
Mark
Leech
1965 Rose
Tynan 
Jim
O'Connor
Jimmy
Clarke
Jack
McGuinness
Pete
Hayden
Wally
Meehan
John
Cleary
Tommy
Hayden
Mark
Leech
1965 Eileen
"Kelley"
Jim
O'Connor
Jimmy
Clarke
Jack
McGuinness
Pete
Hayden
Wally
Meehan
John
Cleary
Tommy
Hayden
Mark
Leech
1966 Kelley    Jimmy
Clarke
Jim
O'Connor
Pete
Hayden
Wally
Meehan
Pat (Accrd)
Neary
Tommy
Hayden
Mark
Leech
1966 Kelley  Val
Tino
Jimmy
Clarke
Jim
O'Connor
Pete
Hayden
Wally
Meehan
Willie
Walsh
Tommy
Hayden
Brian
O'Brien
1967 Kelley Roly
Daniels
Liam
Hurley
Jim
O'Connor
Pete
Hayden
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Danny
Ellis
1969 Kelley Roly
Daniels
Liam
Hurley
Jim
O'Connor
Pete
Hayden
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Val
Kearney
1970 Kelley Red
Hurley
Liam
Hurley
Jim
O'Connor
Pete
Hayden
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Val
Kearney
1974 Tina
Reynolds
Glen
Curtin
Liam
Hurley
Jim
O'Connor
Pete
Hayden
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Val
Kearney
Aug
1975
Tina
Reynolds
Glen
Curtin
Stan
McKee
Jim
O'Connor
Pete
Hayden
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Val
Kearney
Nov
1975
Tina
Reynolds
Ronnie
Medford
Stan
McKee
Jim
O'Connor
Pete
Hayden
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Val
Kearney
1976 Tina
Reynolds
Ronnie
Medford
Brian
Tyrell
Jim
O'Connor
Pete
Hayden
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Val
Kearney
1977 Tina
Reynolds
Roy
Taylor
Brian
Tyrell
Jim
O'Connor
Pete
Hayden
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Val
Kearney
1978 Tina
Reynolds
Roy
Taylor
Des
Hickey
Jim
O'Connor
Pete
Hayden
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Val
Kearney
1978 Karen
Black
Roy
Taylor
Des
Hickey
Tony
Quinn
Niall
Power
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Val
Kearney
1979 Karen
Black
Roy
Taylor
Des
Hickey
Tony
Quinn
Gene
Berrill
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Val
Kearney
1979 Karen
Black
Roy
Taylor
Des
Hickey
Tony
Quinn
Sean
Moran
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Val
Kearney
1979 Karen
Black
Roy
Taylor
Des
Hickey
Tony
Quinn
Gene
Berrill
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
Val
Kearney
1981 Karen
Black
Roy
Taylor
Gene
Inglesby
Fergie
McElligot
Gene
Berrill
  Willie
Walsh
Bunty
Hayden
 
March
1982
Karen
Black
  Eric
Sharpe
Roy
Taylor
Fran
McDermot
Peter
Winnette
     

Other members: Jimmy Compton

Partial Discography (Singles):  

Be My Man / Here Comes My Baby (featuring Kelley)
RCA Records - RCA 1507 - 1966
Loser In The Race / Let Me Love You (featuring Roly Daniels)
CBS Records - CBS 3625 - 1968
Love Is A Symphony / Another Teardrop Falls (featuring Roly Daniels) - #18 Irish Charts
CBS Records - CBS 3754 - Nov, 1968
Good Lovin' / Hokey Cokey - #16 Irish Charts
Target Records - 7N.17749 - May, 1969
Angel, She Was Love / Poor Boy From Kentucky (featuring Roly Daniels) - #10 Irish Charts
CBS Records - CBS 4297 - July, 1969
Taker A Letter Maria / Run Diane (featuring Roly Daniels) - #16 Irish Charts
CBS Records - CBS 4748 - Jan, 1970
My Mother's Home / I Love Only You (featuring Kelley)
Target Records - 7N.17971 - 1970
Christmastime In Inishfree / 99 Years (featuring Jim O'Connor)
Release Records - RL.558 - Dec, 1970
Take Good Care Of Her / The Carroll County Accident (featuring Jim Oí Connor)
Release Records - RL.569 - 1971
Sometimes / I'll Be Home (featuring Red Hurley) - #1 Irish Charts
Play Records - PLAY 03 - April, 1971
Kiss Me Goodbye / Bring Back The Good Times (featuring Red Hurley) - #1 Irish Charts
Play Records - PLAY 06 - Oct, 1971
Hold Me / Trudy (featuring Red Hurley) - #3 Irish Charts
Play Records - PLAY 19 - April, 1972
How Great Thou Art / Just An Old Fashioned Love Song (featuring Kelley) - #5 Irish Charts
Play Records - PLAY 44 - Dec, 1972
Arkansas / Hold Me Just One More Time (featuring Red Hurley) - #2 Irish Charts
Play Records - PLAY 53 - Feb, 1973
I Never Said Goodbye / Iíd Like To Teach You (featuring Red Hurley) - #5 Irish Charts
Play Records - PLAY 63 - August, 1973
The Wedding Song (There Is Love) / Back Streets (featuring Kelley) - #3 Irish Charts
Desert Records - SAND 501 - May, 1974
Lay Down Beside Me (featuring Glen Curtin) - #11 Irish Charts
Polydor Records - 2078.051 - Oct, 1974
All Through The Night / Macushla Mine (featuring Glen Curtin & Tina) - #1 Irish Charts
Polydor Records - 2078.053 - Dec, 1974
This Time / Little Girl (featuring Glen Curtin)
Release Records - RL.770 - April, 1975
What Colour Is God's Skin / "ITA" (featuring Ronnie Medford)
Release Records - RL.795 - Fall, 1975
Bump, Bump / Make A Little Sunshine Shine (featuring Ronnie Medford)
Release Records - RL.824 - 1976

Iíd Do It All Again / Tell Me Whatís The Matter (featuring Tina) - #3 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.848 - Oct, 1976
My World Gets Smaller Everyday / S.O.S. (featuring Ronnie Medford)
Release Records - RL.872 - 1977
All My life / Where Are You (featuring Tina)
Release Records - RL.888 - 1977

I'll Never Forget Your Name / Whatsyourface (featuring Roy Taylor)
Release Records - RL.890 - 1977
Donít Stop The Carousel / Every Face Tells A Story (featuring Roy Taylor) - #7 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.906 - 1977
Kansas City Sunrise / Call Me (featuring Roy Taylor)
Release Records - RL.925 - 1978 
My Beautiful You / The Morning After (featuring Roy Taylor)
Release Records - RL.943 - 1978 
Viva LíAmour / Who Was That Lady (I Saw You With Last Night) (featuring Tina)
Release Records - RL.944 - Nov, 1978
Hi Mi Amore / Four Strong Winds (featuring Roy Taylor & Karen Black) - #16 Irish Charts
Spider Records - WEB 007 - June, 1979
Isnít It Magic / Love A Little Bit Longer (featuring Roy Taylor & Karen Black)
Spider Records - WEB 019 - 1979
Weile Weile Waille / No Time To Tango (featuring Roy Taylor & Karen Black)
Spider Records - WEB 022 - 1979
Walk In The Park / Bring Back Youíre Loviní (featuring Roy Taylor & Karen Black)
Spider Records - WEB 028 - 1980
Joys Of Love / No Time To Tango (featuring Roy Taylor & Karen Black)
Spider Records - WEB 040 - 1980
My Pet Parrott / Baby If I Canít Have You (featuring Roy Taylor & Karen Black)
Spider Records - WEB 042 - 1981
Don't Worry baby / Hollywood
(featuring Roy Taylor & Karen Black)
Drive Records - DRS 002 - 1982
Adam and Eve/Hey Tonight
(featuring Roy Taylor & Karen Black)
Drive Records - DRS 006 - 1982

All I Want To Do/My Pet Parrott
(featuring Roy Taylor & Karen Black)
Drive Records - DRS 008 - 1982
Mulligan and Me / Lady Blue Eyes (featuring Roy Taylor)
Libra Records - LHS 004 - 1983

Audio Clips

       
A Walk In The Park Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon

Where Are They Now?   (Coming soon)

Brian O'Brien: Editor of Scene Magazine.. If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.
Jimmy Clarke: If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.
Jack McGuiness - RIP: We think Jack passed away in the mid 2000's. If you have more info, please let us know. 
Wally Meehan: If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.
Mark Leech: If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.
Jim O'Connor: Jim retired from the road in the late 1970's and went into management. Through the 1980's he was managing The Conquerors. 
Tommy Hayden - RIP: Tommy went on to management and started what would become one of the largest management companies of the era, T.H.E. Managing the fortunes of many of Ireland's biggest acts, Tommy became pne of the industries biggest players and started the careers of other managers including Westlife manager, Louis Walsh, who started his career at THE. At one point the company also started its own record label. Sadly, Tommy passed away on April 20, 2013 after a long illness. He will be missed by his family and many friends across Ireland and the world.
Maisie McDaniel - RIP: After her injury, Maisie settled in Sligo and married accordion wizard, Fintan Stanley. For many years, she and Fintan played the cabaret circuit, doing very well. Some years ago, they parted company and Fintan now lives in the United States while Maisie remained in Sligo. In her later years, Maisie retired from touring,
but sang occasionally at special events. Their daughter, Lisa Stanley performs in Ireland.
Sadly, Maisie passed away on June 28, 2008, she will be sadly missed by family and friends around the world.
Peter Hayden: Peter left the band in 1979 and we understand from Peter Kinsey that he is still passionate about the showbands. These days, Peter works for Mercedes and lives in the U.K.
Bunty Hayden: Peter Kinsey tells us Bunty works at Greystones Tennis Club in Wicklow these days. 
(Eileen) Kelley: If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.
Pat Neary: If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.
Roly Daniels: Roly left the Nevada in the early 70's and formed Green County. He enjoyed great success on the country scene in Ireland racking up several major hits before going solo. Today, Roly still regularly tours Ireland and is as popular as ever,  
Liam Hurley: Liam left the Nevada after being seriously injured in a car accident. Although he never returned to the bandstand, he became one of Ireland's best known session musicians and record producers. 
Willie Walsh: Peter Kinsey writes to tell us Willie now lives with his family in Watford in the U.K.
Danny Ellis: When Danny left the band, he went to New York to study with the Guru Maharaji Ji. That move lead him on a quest of self discovery that has lasted over 30 years, Danny still plays and writes music and has recently made a CD called This Tenderness which Danny describes as "simply a way for me to express my journey to joy, my longing for more of the same and my gratitude to life..." You can read more about Danny at www.dannyellis.net. 
(Brian) Red Hurley: After leaving the Nevada, Red formed his own Red Hurley band and continued to tour the ballrooms for a few years. However, at the same time, he moved into the growing cabaret scene and when the end of the ballroom era came in the mid 80's, Red was already established as one of the top cabaret artists in the country. He is still very active on the entertainment scene today and plays regular gigs both at home and abroad. He also plays regularly in charity golf tournaments both in Ireland and the United States.
Val Kearney: Peter Kinsey writes to tell us Val is still in the entertainment business and currently manages a disco in Naas.
Tina (Reynolds): If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.
Glen Curtin - RIP: After leaving the Nevada, Glen formed his own Galaxy Band in the late seventies. He had many
hit records during his showband career. His album "The Very Best of Glen Curtin" was recently released on Crashed
Records. Sadly, Glen passed away
on September 20th, 2009 aged 66.  
Ronnie Medford: If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.
Brian Tyrell: If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.
Roy Taylor: Ending up as the owner of the Nevada, Roy kept the band going as long as he could, but in 1983, he was approached by ex-Miami and Memories singer/keyboard player, Peter Eades to form a band. This ended up being the start of Jump The Gun. In 1988, the band had the honour of representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song, Take Him Home. Since then, Roy has continued to entertain audiences at home and abroad. He currently is involved in several projects and does regular work doing weddings, theatres and corporate functions. You can learn more at his website www.roytaylor.ie.
Karen Black: If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.
Des Hickey: If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.
Gene "Geno" Berrill - RIP: Geno would go on to have a long career playing with a variety of bands after leaving the
Nevada. In the late 80's he would play with the Ray Lynam Band, and for many years around the East of the country
with The Long Riders. Sadly Geno passed away after a long battle with cancer of April 17, 2016.
Tony Quinn: If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.
Sean Moran: If you have any info and this person's whereabouts, please email us.


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