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Boys N' Girls Gallery (1974-75)

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

The Story

Boy's n' Girls appeared on the scene in mid 1974 and disappeared nearly as quickly but for a short time, they were touted as Ireland's answer to the Mamas and Papas and Carpenters. The band hit the road in June 1974 when Finnie Thomas (bass), Jim Dalton (guitar) and drummer Donie Trautt left the Tuam-based Fleet to form a new band. They recruited Andy Dunne (formerly with Mitch and the Editions) on keyboards and instead of brass, added two girl singers, Yvonne Kennedy from Poteen and newcomer Linda Edge. The band was managed by Peter Dempsey and signed to Release Talent which spent quite a bit of money promoting the band over the second half of 1974.

In the July 4th issue of Spotlight it was reported that the band had released it's first single, She Looked Me In the Eye, which had been the Israeli entry in the 1974 Eurovision song contest, but beaten by Abba's song Waterloo. The B-side was Please Don't Go, a song written by Brian O'Brien. It was also touted that the single was being released in the USA and Canada, but we can't confirm whether this ever happened.

The July 11th issue of Spotlight carried photos of the band in Trend Studios recording the single mentioned above. It also reported that they would be back in the studios the following week to record the balance of songs for their first album. A regular feature at this time in every issue of Spotlight was the "Release Roundup" which was a page sponsored by Release Talent. It continued to report the band was "doing good business" and talked of a follow up single coming soon.

Sometime during this period Andy Dunne left the band and was replaced by Stewart Bradley from Derry. As far as we know this was the only change in the lineup during the band's brief history. In November, it was announced that the group was up for an RMI award for top group, although the award was won by The Times. There was also a report that they were writing their own music and preparing to do more recording.

In January, 1975, it was announced that the band was heading to Canada for a six week tour. It was also reported they had release the song, Minnie, Minnie, Minnie for the US market, although we can not confirm this happened. February saw an announcement that the band was in Canada, but before leaving Ireland, they had recorded more tracks which would finish of their first album, due to be released in May upon their return from Canada. Julie Boyd reported receiving a letter from keyboard player, Stewart, from Canada in her weekly column on April 24th.

In the meantime, back in Ireland, John McKenna, the original bass play with the Magic Band left in March, 1975 and was replaced by Finnie Thomas. I know this personally as I had to rehearse the band's songs with Finnie and I left the band in April. It is unclear whether Finnie left the band prior to their Canadian tour or whether the band had broken up at this point. However, Julie Boyd reported in her column of May 29th that the band had, in fact, disbanded.

We are unsure what happened to the other members of the band, we will try and find out more. Sadly, we know that Finnie Thomas, Jim Dalton, and Andy Dunne have all passed away.    

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Years Vocals Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keyboards
June
1974
Yvonne
Kennedy
Linda
Edge
Jim
Dalton
Finnie
Thomas
Donie
Trautt
Andy
Dunne
Oct
1974
Yvonne
Kennedy
Linda
Edge
Jim
Dalton
Finnie
Thomas
Donie
Trautt
Stewart
Bradley
             
             

Discography

She Looked Me In The Eye / Please Don't Go
Release Records - RL 738 - June, 1974

Audio Clips

         
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Where Are They Now?  

Finnie Thomas - RIP:
Jim Dalton - RIP:
Andy Dunne - RIP:
Donnie Trautt:
Yvonne Kennedy:
Linda Edge:
Stu Unknown:

 


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