The Bachelors is tagged as: 60s, pop, irish, oldies, close harmony
Career|The founding members of the group were Conleth (Con) Cluskey (born 18 November 1941), Declan (Dec) Cluskey (born 23 December 1942), and John Stokes (Sean James Stokes) (born 13 August 1940). In 1957 they formed their first band together, “The Harmonichords” (also seen as “The Harmony Chords”), a classically styled instrumental harmonica-act.
As The Harmonichords, they appeared on Hughie Green’s ‘Opportunity Knocks’ on Radio Luxembourg and on the ‘Ed Sullivan’ TV Show St. Patrick’s Day Special (filmed in Dublin, broadcast 15 March 1959), where they played “Danny Boy.” They also played background music plus featured pieces in a 25 week radio comedy series called ‘Odd Noises’ on Radio Éireann featuring Eamonn Andrews. They changed their name to “The Bachelors” in 1962 at the suggestion of Dick Rowe, A&R at Decca Records, who reportedly recommended the name “because that’s the kind of boy a girl likes.”
During the 1960s, they had many successful songs in music charts in Europe Australia, South Africa, South America, parts of the USSR, and the United States. Some of the most successful were “Diane” (1964), “Marie” (1965), &...
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