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The Story

Shaun, from Jamestown in County Leitrim, was the son of local singing star Phyllis Glancy who had her own Dance Orchestra in the mid 1950's. Growing up, Shaun and his seven siblings would hear stories of the dances and ballrooms where her mother played. His father was a school teacher which made for the strange combination of calling him "Sir" at school and "Dad" at home.

Besides his musical mother, Shaun's biggest influence was Elvis Presley. During a 2015 interview with Steven Travers on Irish TV's Showband Stories, he told the story about hearing Elvis on the radio for the first time. "It stopped me in my tracks. I wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to sing like Elvis, I wanted to talk like Elvis. just took me over."

By 1962, Shaun felt he was ready and formed his first band, The Telstars (names after the Tornado's hit record at the time). After several years of following showbands, asking questions about every aspect of having a band, he knew they needed suits. Shaun's father stepped in and purchased second hand suits from Ben Dolan of the Drifters for suits which the band had stopped wearing. "They were red and ewe tnhought we were the bees knees," says Shaun.


  and herIn August, 1975 in a shock announcement, Tommy Drennan left the Top League for a career in cabaret. It was announced in Spotlight that Shaun O'Dowd would be taking over and the band would be changing its name. The band would become Dingaling.

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Photo Gallery

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Tommy Drennan & Top League - 1973 Top League - 1973 (LR) Sean O'Dowd of Dingaling Shaun O'Dowd - 1975 (LR) Shaun O'Dowd-'88 (DD)
Shaun O'Dowd (PH) Ding-A-Ling (RF) Ding-A-Ling (RF) Ding-A-Ling (RF) Ding-A-Ling (RF)
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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keyboards Sax Trumpet


Silver Moon - #9 Irish Charts
Release Records - Unknown - June, 1974
Bye Bye Frauline
- #4 Irish Charts
Release Records - Unknown - June, 1976
Gary Don't Go
Release Records - Unknown - 1976
A Place In Your Heart
- #20 Irish Charts
Release Records - Unknown - September, 1978
Reach Out / Hey Dixie
- #11 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.966 - June, 1979
You Are No Angel / Let Me Go
- #13 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.1058 - June, 1981
It's Good To See You / Broken Down Angel
- #19 Irish Charts
Ritz Records - RITZ.023 - January, 1982
Lonely But Only For You
- #25 Irish Charts
Ritz Records - Unknown - August, 1984
Making Movies
- #14 Irish Charts
Ritz Records - Unknown - July, 1985

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