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The Story

After nearly 10 years with the Royal Blues Showband, singer/guitarist Doc Carroll decided it was time to go out on is own. His last single with the Royal Blues, released in May, 1971 was called "Night Runners," the same name he chose for his new band, The Nightrunners. The new band would debut in the famous Pontoon Ballroom on St. Patrick's Night, 1972. The band was being managed by Michael Flanagan (a Crossmolina native who lived in Newmarket for eight years, and moved to Athlone in 1972).

After so many years with the Royal Blues, Doc was almost a household name and the band took off quickly, although they were now mainly a country band. In 1973, Doc and the band released their first single, Little Susie (a Fats Domino number), and also Doc's first record since 1971's Nightrunners with the Royal Blues.

The record did not chart, but the band was doing steady business and for the next two years, all was well with the Nightrunners. In June 1975, Doc had apparently had enough and left the band to form another band called the Doc Carroll All-Stars. The Nightrunners, kept going and promoted Tony Allen as the band's new lead singer.

The new line-up was announced in November, 1975, but within a year, the band was gone with Tom Allen fronting a "new" band called the Sailors.     

 

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Photo Gallery

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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keyboards Sax Misc
May
1972
Doc
Carroll
Johnny
Bastik
Michael
Keane
David
Mills
Derry
Whitelaw
Tom
Allen
Tony
Allen
May
1973
Doc
Carroll
Johnny
Bastik
Michael
Keane
David
Mills
  Tom
Allen
Tony
Allen
Nov
1975
Tony
Allen
Johnny
Bastik
Michael
Keane
David
Mills
  Tom
Allen
Mick
Foster
               
               

Discography

Little Susie / My Little Friend
Unknown Record Co. - Unknown - May, 1973

Audio Clips

         
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Where Are They Now?  

Doc Carroll - RIP: Doc left the Blues in 1972 and formed his own band, the Nightrunners. He eventually left the band and formed the Doc Carroll All Stars and continued to enjoy a very successful career during the 80's, 90's and up until his passing in 2005. One of the best loved of the showband era stars, Doc had a long and very successful career both on and off stage. He was Born in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Doc came to prominence in Pete Brown's Band of Renown and later with the Royal Blues and his own band, the Nightrunners. Doc was still performing when he fell ill early in 2005. He died on Sunday, May 1 and was buried in Athlone, where he lived at the time of his death, aged 64.   
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