The Royal Blues were the first act from the West of Ireland to top the Irish charts. They achieved this feat in 1966 with their hit Old Man Trouble.
The group was formed in 1962 with Doc Carroll, Ballinrobe, on vocals and Claremorris’s Gill brothers, Frank and Vincent, on saxophone and trombone respectively. Another Mayo man, Andy Creighton, managed the band.
Over the past year, Claremorris Community Radio members have been interviewing the surviving band members, former fans of the group and Marie Creighton, to build a picture of the excitement of those years, when this local group was one of Ireland’s biggest acts.
This special documentary will be broadcast on Sunday next at 5pm. It will be repeated on Monday (29th) at 8pm and also on Wednesday (31st) at 7pm.
Update: You can now listen to this show on our Mixcloud stream: www.mixcloud.com/claremorrisfm/the-royal-blues/