Rory Gallagher R.I.P. at Today in Irish History

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Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher 1948-1995

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1884: Count John McCormack

Tenor John McCormack is born in Athlone. After studying in Italy, in 1907 he became the youngest leading tenor at the Royal Opera at Covent Garden. He won numerous accolades as a singer and was created a Papal Count in 1928 for his services to the Catholic Church. He had a minor film career but was a huge opera star in Europe and America. He died September 1945 from respiratory problems.

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1995:  Rory Gallagher R.I.P.

Irish blues guitarist legend Rory Gallagher dies in a London hospital from complications following a liver transplant required as a result of longtime alcohol abuse.

Blues great Rory Gallagher

Legend has it that when Jimmi Hendrix was asked what it felt like to be the best guitar player in the world, he responded “I don’t know. Ask Rory Gallagher.” Although almost certainly apocryphal, the story does highlight the legend that the shy unassuming Gallagher became. Born in Ballyshannon Co. Donegal, Rory’s family moved to Cork at a young age where he discovered blues music on American Forces Radio.

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Off stage, Gallagher was described as painfully shy, something his adoring audiences found hard to believe. On stage, he was one of the most electrifying artists to play a Fender Stratocaster, playing marathon concerts of more than three hours, night after night. Gallagher first broke through with Taste (drummer John Wilson, bassist Richard McCracken). The band’s blistering set at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival (where Hendrix also performed) ensured seven encores!

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“Artistic differences” saw the demise of this power blues trio, but Gallagher went on to have a lengthy career selling more than thirty millions records in one of the most hard-gigging careers of any music legend.

Artists as diverse as U2’s Edge, Slash and Brian May state that Gallagher was a huge influence on their career.

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SLASH on Rory Gallagher

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Although, he toured the US more than twenty times, Gallagher never made it big in the world’s largest market. Some experts attribute this to the fact that he was not interested in developing commercial, radio friendly, three minute material, but those who saw him perform live are unlikely to forget his vibrant performances.

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READ: Donal Gallagher on brother Rory

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2 Responses to “Rory Gallagher R.I.P. at Today in Irish History”

  1. Rory Gallagher… Wow, gotta love that guitar. Our Irish answer to Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix, one of the best ever, them in the know always tell me. Certainly sounds it. Unreal. Great post Conor, as always. Respects from Dublin. – Arran

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