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Greenbeats Story (1964-1968)

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

The Story

The Greenbeats started life as a four piece beat group on the Dublin scene called the Caravelles. John Keogh (keyboards and vocals) and Paul Williams (RIP-guitar) came together in 1960. In 1962 they were joined by Brian Lynch (bass) and Mog Aherne (drums) and this would be the lineup which stayed together for several years and changed their name to the Greenbeats in 1964 when they played the Cavern Club in LIverpool.

In 1964 the band released the first of three singles Please Don't Tell on the Pye label. Although it did not make the charts, it did help grow the band's reputation beyond Dublin where they were one of the top beat groups of the early to mid sixties. It also helped that they were the resident band on the RTE series, The Showband Show, providing backing for singers in the studio. As the year came to a close, they released their second single, If This World Were Mine.  

In 1965, Mog Ahern left the band reportedly for health reasons, and was replaced by Paddy Green on drums. They released So Sad in April which did not sell, but the band was growing its reputation. Later in the year, John and the band took the major step of expanding their lineup to become a fully fledged seven piece showband. The new lineup was John Keogh (keyboards), Bobby Kelly (ex-Chosen Few - guitar), Alex Clarke (sax), Liam O'Sullivan (sax), Paddy Green (drums), Paul Williams (RIP-guitar) and Peter Bardon (bass). The band took to the road on September, 11, 1965. Alex Clarke would soon be replaced by Keith Donald.

In 1966 Paddy Green left and was replaced by Dave Pennyfeather on drums. Later in the year Liam O'Sullivan and Bobby Kelly left. Bobby returned to the Chosen Few before being asked in 1967 to join the newly formed Sands Showband and was replaced by Eddie Campbell. 

In November, 1967, the band was involved in a terrible road accident in which guitarist Paul Williams sadly lost his life and Eddie Campbell and Keith Donald were seriously injured.

Initially, we thought the Greenbeats never played again. However, we know they released a single in February, 1968. after a few months of recuperation, Eddie, Keith and David Pennyfeather formed a new band, The Real McCoy and bassist Peter Bardon took over management of the new band. In the mean time, Brian Harris took over on guitar.         

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Years Vocals/Key Guitar Bass Drums Guitar Sax Sax
1964 John
Keogh
Paul
Williams
Brian
Lynch
Mog
Ahearne
     
1965 John
Keogh
Paul
Williams
Peter
Bardon
Paddy
Green
Bobby
Kelly
Alex
Clarke
Liam
O'Sullivan
1966 John
Keogh
Paul
Williams
Peter
Bardon
Paddy
Green
Bobby
Kelly
Keith
Donald
Liam
O'Sullivan
1966 John
Keogh
Paul
Williams
Peter
Bardon
Dave
Pennyfeather
Eddie Campbell Keith
Donald
Unknown
1967 John
Keogh
Paul
Williams
Peter
Bardon
Dave
Pennyfeather
Brian
Harris
Unknown Unknown
               
               

Discography

Please Don't Tell / Just You Wait and See
Pye Records - 7N.15648 - June, 1964
If This World Were Mine / You Must Be The One
Pye Records - 7N.15718 - November, 1964
So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) / I'm On Fire
Pye Records - 7N.15843 - April, 1965

Pretty Woman / The Thing
Diamond Records - DMD 001 - July, 1967
A Certain Misunderstanding / Little Egypt
Diamond Records - DMD 003 - July, 1967
La La Song / You Win Again
Pye Records - 7N.17463 - February, 1968

Audio Clips

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Where Are They Now?  

John Keogh: In 1968, John left the Greenbeats and went to work full time for RTE. He also kept a hand in music, having written and recorded several songs, including Stop, Think, recorded by Kim Newport in 1979. He later formed the band Full Circle which played the Dublin clubs. John retired from RTE in 2008. 
Mog Ahern:
Paul Williams - RIP: Paul was tragically killed in an car crash as the band was heading for a gig in Waterford in November, 1967. Also injured in the crash were Eddie Campbell and Keith Donald. An original member of the band since its formation as a four piece, Paul had been studying science when he gave it up for a career in music. He played lead guitar and was 23 years old when he tragically lost his life.  
Brian Lynch:
Bobby Kelly: Bobby left the band to join the newly formed Sands and also played with the Hoot'nannys and Freshmen. He backed Ronnie Drew during some of his solo years and eventually went on to join Chris Meehan's Redneck Friends with whom he still plays from time to time. Bobby relocated to Strandhill, Co. Sligo in the mid-90's and played with a variety of bands. For ten years, Bobby had been playing the local scene with former Cotton Mill Boy and Ray Lynam guitarist, Francie Lenehan, and now does occasional gigs with Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends, which Francie also plays.  
Alex Clarke:
Peter Bardon:
Paddy Green:
Keith Donald:
Dave Pennyfeather:
Liam O'Sullivan:
Eddie Campbell: Eddie joined with Keith and Dave to form the Real McCoy in summer, 1968. In 1973, he left the McCoy and emigrated to Canada with the Peter Law band.

 

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