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Shaped in Eire in 1967, the Sands highlighted vocalist Tony Kenny, supported by a normal line-up of Murty Quinn (trombone), Clem Quinn (lead guitar), Martin Phelan (saxophone) and Tommy O’Rourke (trumpet). The last mentioned four got previously achieved significant fame in the showband circuit as lead players in the Miami Showband. Having successfully replaced Dickie Rock and roll with Tony Kenny, they dropped virtually no time in re-establishing their name in the Irish dancehall circuit. Highly professional with a solid, dance-orientated repertoire, they briefly latched to the US bubblegum music trend by covering such strikes as the Ohio Express’ ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’ as well as the 1910 Fruitgum Business’s ‘Simon Says’. Just like the Freshmen, nevertheless, they were observed because of their vocal abilities and among the tracks they protected was a good version from the Seaside Males’ ‘Help Me Rhonda’. A good operate of Irish strikes, including ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ and ‘Give A Helpin’ Hands’, coincided with loaded dancehalls, until they dropped victim towards the showband decrease of the first 70s.

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