Mu­sic with Ed­die Row­ley

Irish Independent - Farming - - RURAL LIFE - ROCKIN’ ROW­LEY

FROM Elvis Pres­ley to the Bay City Rollers, Sandy Shaw to Dana and The Dublin­ers to Joe Dolan and Waylon Jen­nings, Phil Coul­ter’s ca­reer in mu­sic spans over half a cen­tury and is truly amaz­ing.

Along with his co-writ­ing part­ner Bill Martin, Phil won the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test with Sandy Shaw’s ‘Pup­pet on a String’ and came sec­ond with ‘Con­grat­u­la­tions’, sung by Cliff Richard.

In the 1970s, hit-maker Coul­ter dom­i­nated the pop scene with acts like the Bay City Rollers, whose chart smashes in­cluded ‘Shang-ALang’ and ‘All of Me Loves All of You’.

Coul­ter’s phe­nom­e­nal tal­ent was also ev­i­dent in his work with Planxty as well as The Dublin­ers — he penned ‘Scorn Not His Sim­plic­ity’ and ‘The Town I Loved So Well’, which was made fa­mous by Luke Kelly. On a wet Mon­day in 1974, Coul­ter wrote a song called ‘My Boy’ in the study of his then north Lon­don home.

Phil never imag­ined in his wildest dreams that ‘My Boy’ would go on to for­ever link him with ‘The King’, and give him an amaz­ing slice of mu­sic his­tory.

Elvis Pres­ley scored a charts­mash with the song, mak­ing Phil the only non-Amer­i­can song­writer ever to have writ­ten a hit sin­gle for the leg­endary singer.

His work on Sinéad O’Con­nor’s Uni­ver­sal Mother al­bum won him a nom­i­na­tion as Pro­ducer of the Year. And he com­posed the rugby an­them, ‘Ire­land’s Call’.

His musical edge, his ver­sa­til­ity and his com­mer­cial nose have com­bined to pro­duce a track record that few in the mu­sic busi­ness can match.

Phil Coul­ter cel­e­brates 52 years in mu­sic this year and fans around the coun­try will have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend an evening in his com­pany over the next two months as he em­barks on a con­cert tour from next Sun­day.

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