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The Bachelors – Ireland’s first pop band sensation

They were one of the most successful Irish pop bands in the 1960s, taking England by storm.  England is where all three of The Bachelors live and where one of them, Dec Cluskey spoke with Henry Wymbs about their long career

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The Bachelors, Con, Dec and John.

The Bachelors, Con, Dec and John.

Con and Dec are still performing.

Con and Dec are still performing.

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The Bachelors, Con, Dec and John.

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Before Boyzone and Westlife there was The Bachelors who were big in the 1960s. Brothers Conleth and Declan Cluskey along with John Stokes, first came together as The Harmonichords and were the first of the Irish ‘Boy Bands’ to invade the UK in 1962. They took on the might of the top British groups and ruled supreme in the face of the musical revolution emanating from Merseyside. Dec recalls: “I was born in Dublin, into a family of five children and was quite privileged to receive a private education at The O’Connell School, (the same school as nine of the signatures of the 1916 Rising). “It was then the ‘Eton’ of Ireland. My father was a successful actor, although in those days he had to have a day job.

I suppose love of show business was second nature to Con and myself.


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