American Pie Gallery (1972-1977)
Photo Gallery -
Band Lineups -
- Audio samples -
Where Are They Now?
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
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
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.
More to come.....
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Time I Called Somebody Darling / Count O'Hanlon / Teach Your
Children / Sleep Song (Our thanks to Paul Clarke)
Release Records - RL.660 - 1972
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
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
A Slice Of American
Release Records - BRL.4087 - December, 1974
Country Freedom (Driftwood)
Top Spin Records - TSLP.99 - December, 1978
Where Are They Now?