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American Pie Gallery (1972-1977)

Photo Gallery - Band Lineups - Discography - Audio samples - Where Are They Now?

The Story

Ronnie Griffiths started his career as part of the Mighty Avons with Larry Cunningham. Ronnie left the Mighty Avons to be replaced by Gene Stuart and formed American Pie in late November, 1972. The band went into rehearsals in early December with their first gig scheduled for Christmas under manager, Charlie McBrien.

The band's original lineup was: Ronnie Griffiths (vocals), Francie Lenehan (guitar), John Lenehan (bass), Billy Kelly (drums), Damien Given (trumpet), Martin Campbell (trombone), and Bobby Moore (sax). Within a short time of their start Enniskillen man, Sean McGrade took over as their manager.

By mid 1974, the Lenehans and Billy Kelly had left the band and returned to their home town of Sligo to form a pub group, Southern Comfort. They were replaced with Terry Duffy (RIP-guitar), Sam Connelly (drums) and Johnny Blackledge (bass).

In January 1976, Ronnie left American Pie to start a new band, Driftwood, while he still retained an interest in American Pie along with Sean McGrade. The new band's lineup was: Ronnie (vocals and keyboards), Thomas Kiernan (guitar), Bobby Kennedy (bass), Ally Harron (guitar), Tommy Mclvor (drums) and Mervyn Nixon (steel).

Meanwhile American Pie continued on as a six piece for a time before adding a new lead singer. In early 1977, J. (Johnny) Mac was named as the singer with the "new look" American Pie. It was reported in the Donegal News that in November, 1977 American Pie was disbanding with J. Mac reportedly joining Philomena Begley's Ramblin Men.     

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Photo Gallery

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American Pie - 1973

American Pie - 1973

American Pie - 1973

American Pie - 1974

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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Guitar Trombone Trumpet
1972 Ronnie
Griffiths
Francie
Lenehan
John
Lenehan
Billy
Kelly
Bobby
Moore
Martin
Campbell
Damien
Given
June
1974
Ronnie
Griffiths
Terry
Duffy
Johnny
Blackledge
Sam
Connelly
Bobby
Moore
Martin
Campbell
Damien
Given
Jan
1974
  Terry
Duffy
Johnny
Blackledge
Sam
Connelly
Bobby
Moore
Martin
Campbell
Damien
Given
Jan
1977
Johnny
Mac
Unknown Unknown Sam
Connelly
Unknown    

Discography

Singles:

The Last Time I Called Somebody Darling / Count O'Hanlon / Teach Your Children / Sleep Song (Our thanks to Paul Clarke)
Release Records - RL.660 - 1972
Dingle Bay Boat Song / Hello Walls / Ladies Love Outlaws- #12 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.679 - May, 1973
My Heart Is Where The Shannon Flows / Love Is / Sea of Heartbreak
Release Records - RL.692 - October, 1973
I Can't Stop Loving You / Sidewalks of Chicago
Release Records - Unknown - January, 1974
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Damien) / Please Mr. Please (Martin) / Forget the Janes and the Jeans (Bobby)

Release Records / Unknown / November, 1975

Albums:

A Slice Of American Pie
Release Records - BRL.4087 - December, 1974
Country Freedom (Driftwood)
Top Spin Records - TSLP.99 - December, 1978

 Audio Clips

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Where Are They Now?  

  Terry Duffy - RIP: Terry sadly passed away August 28, 2013 - Clare O'Brien
  Ronnie Griffiths:
  Francie Lenehan:
  John Lenehan:
  Billy Kelly:
  Damien Givens:
  Martin Campbell:
  Bobby Moore:

 

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