“The earnestness and passion with which the young man uttered his feelings, made music to her ears …”*

*1838, James Fenimore Cooper.

Image: (Wikipedia) “William Rory Gallagher (1948 – 14 June 1995) was an Irish blues and rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer. Rory Gallagher Corner, at Meeting House Square in Dublin’s Temple Bar, is marked with a full-size bronze representation of his Stratocaster. Some of those who attended the unveiling included The Edge of U2 and the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

From Wikipedia:

“…Two of the founding members of Thin Lizzy, bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott and drummer Brian Downey, met while at school in Dublin in the early 1960s. Lynott, born on 20 August 1949 in West Bromwich, England, to an Irish mother Philomena (1930–2019) and Guyanese father Cecil Parris (1925–2010), was brought up in Dublin from the age of three.

In December 1969, Eric Bell and Eric Wrixon met by chance in a pub in Dublin and found that they shared similar ideas of forming a band, and decided to visit the Countdown Club where they saw Lynott and Downey perform with Orphanage. Lynott was not playing bass guitar at this time, but Bell was particularly impressed by Downey, and introduced himself to Lynott and Downey during a break. When Bell asked if they would consider forming a band together, Downey was initially sceptical, but both men were aware of Bell’s musical reputation. They agreed that night on condition that Lynott play bass guitar as well as sing, and that the band would perform some of Lynott’s compositions. Bell later said, “From there on in we were a band.” Wrixon was also included as organist in the as yet unnamed band, making the initial line-up a quartet. The following week, Lynott visited Bell at his flat and played him recordings of some of his own songs. Bell was impressed: “They were so good. I knew right away I could put my guitar style into them.”

The band started to attract attention in the Irish music press almost immediately, as the band began rehearsals in January 1970. On 1 January, New Spotlight magazine announced that Bell and Wrixon were to be a part of a new band. By early February, the press had begun to question the delay in any public announcement of the “Bell-Lynott supergroup”. The name Thin Lizzy was announced to the press on 18 February. The name came from a robot character in The Dandy called Tin Lizzie, which they adjusted to Thin Lizzy as a playful reference to the local Dublin accent, in which “thin” would be pronounced as “t’in”. For some of their early gigs, the band were mistakenly promoted as “Tin Lizzy” or “Tin Lizzie”…

Ken Ronkowitz wrote at Why Name It That? on 5.11.12:

Thin Lizzy original lead guitarist, Eric Bell, came up with the band’s name. He was a fan of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers band and noted that Eric Clapton was reading the the comic “The Beano” on the cover of the 1966 album Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton. In a sister comic, The Dandy, there is a robot character named Tin Lizzie (like the Ford Model T car). Bell suggested it and a change from “Tin” to “Thin” to play on the Irish accent’s propensity to drop the ‘h’.”

From Wikipedia:

“The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the “tin Lizzie,” “leaping Lena,” “jitney” or “flivver”) is an automobile produced by Ford Motor Company from October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, which made car travel available to middle-class Americans. The relatively low price was partly the result of Ford’s efficient fabrication, including assembly line production instead of individual handcrafting.
The Ford Model T was named the most influential car of the 20th century in the 1999 Car of the Century competition, ahead of the BMC Mini, Citroën DS, and Volkswagen Beetle. Ford’s Model T was successful not only because it provided inexpensive transportation on a massive scale, but also because the car signified innovation for the rising middle class and became a powerful symbol of the United States’ age of modernization. With 15 million sold, it stood eighth on the top-ten list of most sold cars of all time, as of 2012.”


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