The 50 best pop and rock singles ever…according to me.

Okay. I’m kind of housebound. Not entirely. But I have to be careful with ‘flu and other stuff about.  So I decided to list my five favourite singles ever. That became ten, then twenty. Now I have fifty. (I only allowed myself one song per artist) I doubt anyone will agree. But genuinely, the top … Continue reading The 50 best pop and rock singles ever…according to me.

John, Paul, George and Paddy. Just waiting on Ringo.

I am practically the Fifth Beatle. The plaque, now on the side of Arnott’s in Dublin’s Middle Abbey Street commemorating their Dublin gigs in 1963… I organised that. And I’m not afraid to boast about it. Anyway, I mentioned John Lennon a few days ago because I was chuffed to discover that I was staying … Continue reading John, Paul, George and Paddy. Just waiting on Ringo.

When Johnny came to Mulranny

I pride myself on knowing quite a bit about The Beatles. Occasionally, I will try to turn a conversation around so that I can tell people that the backing singers on Across the Universe were actually two fans who’d been hanging around outside the Abbey Road studios. “Really?” someone will say. And that allows me … Continue reading When Johnny came to Mulranny

If Only John Lennon Was Here

Protest songs. They’ve been around forever. This year, Childish Gambino made Number One on the Billboard chart with This is America. But protest songs go all the way back to the American Civil War. They take various forms. They can plead for peace. They can demand that wrongs be put right. They can be angry. … Continue reading If Only John Lennon Was Here

Fab Four – or Super Seventeen?*

How many of the Beatles are dead and how many are alive? Simple question. Well, no. It’s not. We know John Lennon is dead. He was shot by Mark Chapman outside the Dakota Building in Manhattan on December 8, 1980.  And we know George Harrison is dead. George died on November 29, 2001 aged 58. So that’s … Continue reading Fab Four – or Super Seventeen?*