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Paddy Cole Band / Superstars Feature (1974-198?)

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

The Story

One of Ireland's most respected musicians, Paddy Cole started his career with the Maurice Lynch Band before moving on to the legendary Capitol Showband in the 1960's. When Brendan Bowyer and Tom Dunphy left the Royal Showband, they tapped Paddy to play sax and serve as bandleader for their new venture, The Big Eight. Also in the Big Eight was Twink, as well as Paddy's old Capitol mate, Mickey O'Neill on drums. After a relatively short time, Twink left the band, unable to mesh the hectic schedule of six months in Las Vegas and six in Ireland with her family life.

Shortly thereafter, Paddy, feeling the same way, announced his intention to leave the band to form a new outfit. To his surprise, most of the band agreed and went with him. The split made headlines in the late summer of 1974 and the new band, The Paddy Cole Band, made their debut in the Tara Ballroom, Dublin in October.

Leaving the Big Eight with Paddy were Jimmy Conway (guitar), Michael Keane (keyboards), and Mickey O'Neill (drums). Paddy was also able to coax Twink back on the road and completed the band with some old friends, Mike Dalton (Capitol-bass), Ray Moore (ex Plattermen-trumpet), and ex-Bye Laws vocalist, Pat Morris on vocals. The band played a mix of country and pop, along with some Dixieland, very much in the style of the sixties showbands. Although it was difficult in the beginning to shake off the comparisons to Brendan Bowyer and the Big 8, the band was able to establish itself with great musicianship and the vocal talents of Twink and Pat. Unfortunately, the magic would not last.

An article in the January 16, 1975 issue of Spotlight announced the band was releasing its first album on the Top Spin label in the near future. In the July 3rd, 1975 issue of Spotlight, Julie Boyd announced that Derrick Mehaffey (formerly of the Sounds, Royal and more recently, the Conquerors) was making his debut as the keyboard player and lead singer with the band. The move was publicised by announcing Twink and Derrick as the "Dynamic Duo."  

Within a very short time however, the band's lineup changed again with Colm Hughes (formerly with Harvest) joining the band to replace Mickey O'Neill (as he was a drummer as well), and Jimmy Smith (The Big Valley) replacing Jimmy Conway on guitar. Michael Keane also left the band, leaving them as a six piece for a time. An article about the band in the Top Rank Review in the September 18, 1975 issue of Spotlight denied Derrick was considering leaving the band. 

The Paddy Cole Superstars were on the road in the late 70's and early 80's but in 1980 or 1981, Paddy left the band, which for a time kept the name Paddy Cole's Superstars, even though Paddy was no longer playing with the band. Eventually Paddy's name was dropped and the band continued as Colm Hughes and the Superstars.

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Photo Gallery

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Capitol Showband
Capitol Showband - 1961 Capitol Showband - 1962 (JB) Capitol Showband - 1963 (LR) Capitol Showband (LR) Paddy Cole of the Capitol in 1966 (LR)
Capitol Showband - 1966 (LR) Capitol Showband - 1966 (LR) Capitol - 1968 (RK) Capitol Showband - 1969 (TP) The Capitol Showband - 1970 (KS)
Big Eight Showband
Big Eight - 1971 Big 8 - 1971

Big Eight (KS)

Big Eight (LR) Big Eight - 1972
Paddy Cole Band / Superstars
Paddy Cole Superstars (JB) Paddy Cole Superstars - 1974 (DL) Paddy Cole's Superstars (PH) Colm Hughes & Superstars (PH) Paddy Cole Superstars (PH)
Paddy Cole Superstars - 1978 (PH) Paddy Cole Superstars - 1979 Paddy Cole Superstars (PH) Colm Hughes and Paddy Cole's Superstars Paddy Cole Superstars (PH)
Colm Hughes & The Superstars (PH) Paddy Cole's Superstars (PH) Colm Hughes of the Superstars (PH) Colm Hughes & Superstars (PH) Thunderalley (PH)
         

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Lineup Changes - Paddy Cole Band/Superstars
 

Years Vocals Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keys/Gtr Sax Trumpet
1974 Twink Pat
Morris
Jimmy
Conway
Mike
Dalton
Mickey
O'Neill
Michael
Keane
Paddy
Cole
Ray
Moore
1974 Twink   Jimmy
Conway
Mike
Dalton
Colm
Hughes
  Paddy
Cole
Ray
Moore
June
1975
Twink Derrick
Mehaffey
Jimmy
Conway
Mike
Dalton
Colm
Hughes
  Paddy
Cole
Ray
Moore
Sept
1975
Twink Derrick
Mehaffey
Jimmy
Smith
Mike
Dalton
Colm
Hughes
  Paddy
Cole
Ray
Moore
1976
?
Twink   Jimmy
Smith
Mike
Dalton
Colm
Hughes
Tony
Hughes
Paddy
Cole
Ray
Moore
1979 Colm
Hughes
      Butch
McNeill
Tony
Hughes
Paddy
Cole
 
                 
                 

Davy Gallagher (unknown), Vincie Grey (unknown) and Micky McCarthy (unknown)

Discography

Mother Was Her Name (Pat Morris)
Top Spin Records - Unknown - March, 1975
Saturday Night (Colm Hughes)

Top Spin Records - TSS.58 - April, 1976
Please Don't Tease / You Make My Pants Wanna Get Up and Dance (Colm Hughes)
Unknown - Unknown - October, 1979

Baby Make Love (Colm Hughes)

Unknown - Unknown - October, 1980
Save The Bones for Henry Jones / Jimmy Magee Shuffle
Play Records - PLAY.246 - October, 1990

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Where Are They Now?  

Twink (Adele King): After leaving the Big Eight, joined Paddy Cole's band and eventually had her own band for a short while. She then retired from the "road" to focus on work in TV and Radio. She had her own very successful series on RTE in the early 1980's. She was also one of the busiest session singers in Ireland, appearing on literally hundreds of records. She continues to perform in Pantomime and musicals in Ireland, as well as TV, and is very active on the Irish entertainment scene. In October, 2007, Twink joined Linda Martin (of Chips) on stage in Dublin for "Menopause the Musical."  
Paddy Cole: Paddy left the Big Eight to form the Paddy Cole Band, which after a few changes became the Paddy Cole Superstars. The Superstars were on the scene longer than many of the other bands from the era and kept reinventing themselves to stay with the times. Today Paddy is one of the best known proponents of jazz music in Ireland and tours continuously withy his band playing major festivals and theatres. He also hosts his own radio show these days on Dublin's FM 106.6.    
Pat Morris: If you know more, please let us know.
Jimmy Conway: Jimmy still lives with his wife and four children in Las Vegas and has done so since rejoining the Big Eight and relocating permanently to Vegas when the band did in 1983. Jimmy, for a time, managed the only Irish pub in Las Vegas. He still works there and works the odd gig with Brendan Bowyer, D.J. Curtin and Michael Keane, all former members of The Big 8 Showband. Info from Aidan Scannell. 
Michael Keane: After a short stint with the Paddy Cole Band, like Jimmy, Michael rejoined the Big Eight and moved to Las Vegas in the early 1980's. He is still there and performs occasionally with Brendan and other members of the band. An update on October 21, 2007 from Jim McCaffrey tells us that Michael has now returned to Ireland and is working in the car rental industry.
Mickey O'Neill - RIP: Mickey recently wrote us: I was looking at your website (Capitol Showband) and saw that you wanted updated info on me (Mickey O'Neill). I've lived in Las Vegas for the past 25 years and was the drummer with Brendan Bowyer's Royal Irish (known in Ireland as the Big Eight). I'm retired, but still play some gigs with Michael Keane, Jimmy Conway and D.J.Curtin (from the Big Eight and Kerry Blues). Mickey lives in Vegas with his longtime partner Mary Schwartz with his two sons Alan and Mark. Sadly Mickey lost his other son, Michael in 2005 as a result of a car accident at the age of 21. Further to this listing, Mickey sadly passed away on June 15, 2010. A friend to the site before his death, our sincere sympathies go out to his family and friends in Ireland and the USA. 
Mike Dalton:  Mike had previously been with the Capitol and moved to the Virginians in the early 70's and then on to the Paddy Cole Superstars in 1974. Today he lives in Askeaton, Co. Limerick. 
Jimmy Smith:  If you know more, please let us know.
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