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Caroline Showband Story (1964-71?)

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

The Story

We're not quite sure when the Caroline was formed, but former member, Mel Dean tells us the band was put together by Ronan O'Rahilly who owned the pirate radio station, Radio Caroline. Earl Jordan was recruited from the Derek Joys Showband to front the new act. Mel tells us that the band's program featured a lot of soul music (James Brown) and they never quite hit it off with the punters on the Irish dance circuit. The band lineup was: Earl Jordan (vocals), Mel Dean (guitar) Tony Coffey (keyboards), Gerry Ryan (bass), Kevin Brady (drums), Mike Burns (trumpet), Harry Burroughs (sax), and Tony Kearns (sax). Earl Jordan was one of the first black singers to tour Ireland, making the band a bit of a novelty act, but to no avail. 

In the late sixties the band emigrated to England (minus Tony Coffey) and settled in Manchester where their brand of pop, rock and soul was readily accepted. The band stayed in England for five years, playing the clubs and dancehalls. Earl Jordan eventually left the band and was replaced by Tony Woods and the band changed it names to the Dunes. Eventually, the boys became homesick and the band broke up with Mel Dean staying in the UK, while the rest returned home.     

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Photo Gallery

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Caroline Showband (LR) Caroline Showband - 1966 (LR) Caroline - 1965 Caroline - 1965 Earl Jordan - 1964 (LR)
     
Caroline (RF) Caroline (RF)

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Lineup Changes (More to come)
 
Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Sax Keyboard Sax Trumpet
1964 Earl
Jordan
             
1966 Earl
Jordan
Mel
Dean
Gerry
Ryan
Kevin
Brady
Harry
Burroughs
Tony
Coffey
Tony
Kearns
Mike
Burns
1967 Earl
Jordan
Mel
Dean
Gerry
Ryan
Kevin
Brady
Harry
Burroughs
  Tony
Kearns
Mike
Burns
1970 Tony
Woods
Mel
Dean
Gerry
Ryan
Kevin
Brady
Harry
Burroughs
  Tony
Kearns
Mike
Burns
               
               
               
               

Discography

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