The Memories (2)

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The Memories formed in 1963 in Ireland when school friends and Phibsboro church choir members Mick Swan, Daire Doyle, Colm Harpur and Jim Barry combined with guitarist Ray Crowe to perform acoustic folk music with vocal harmonies on the cabaret circuit. By 1967 they had made national TV and signed with Rex Records, with whom they recorded twelve singles and one album over the following seven year period. The second of these singles reached the Irish charts in 1968. According to the sleeve notes for their debut album, the band had their own hour-long TV spectacular in early 1972, for which they a played a well-received pop music set, prompting them to make the switch from folk. Drummer Chris Heenan was added to an electric line-up of Mick Swan (keyboards/flute/vocals), Daire Doyle (bass/vocals), Colm Harper (lead vocals/guitar), Jim Barry (lead vocals) and Ray Crowe (guitar/vocals). They avoided becoming a full showband by continuing to perform complex vocal harmonies and writing some original material, mostly by Mick Swan and Daire Doyle. Album The Time Is Now followed later in 1972 (billed simply as “Memories“) and included three band originals alongside pop and ballad covers. Notable among the former are the haunting Tuesday Morning and the heavier The House Fell Down, while the latter included soulful readings of Didn’t You Hear? and Neil Diamond’s The Time Is Now.

Between then and the end of 1974 The Memories enjoyed three more top ten Irish hits on Rex Records, including glam-rocker Lay It On Me and its comically crude but equally heavy flip side Did Ya Get It? (finishing with a brief blues jam), but from 1975 to 1994 they recorded for a succession of different labels including Stop, Hawk, NEMS, Spex, Ritz and Dino. Liam McKenna, formerly with The Creatures and The Real McCoy, stood in for an injured Daire Doyle in 1974 and stayed on after Doyle’s return, while founder member Colm Harpur left in 1975. A second (and final) LP – Time To Go On – was released by this line-up in 1976, featuring songs from stage musicals and covers of Queen and The Eagles. Ray Crowe left in 1978, and in the early ’80s the remaining members spilt into two rival groups (The Memories and The Message) before Swan, Doyle and Barry reunited at the end of 1983. They recorded a TV special as part of the RTE series Best of the Bands in 1981 and entered the National Song Contest in 1979 and 1990, while football anthem The Game (a re-write of Billy Joel’s We Didn't Start The Fire) became their long-awaited first number one hit in 1990. Jim Barry eventually retired around 2004, with Mick Swan and Daire Doyle apparently winding down the band soon after.
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Albums

RPS 106 The Memories (2) - The Time Is Now album art Memories* The Time Is Now(LP, Album) Rex RPS 106 UK 1972 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

R 11028 The Memories (2) A Summer Song(7", Single) Rex R 11028 UK 1967 Sell This Version
The Memories (2) - Indian Lake album art The Memories (2) Indian Lake (Single) Rex UK 1968 Sell This Version
R.11035 The Memories (2) - Oh, No! album art The Memories (2) Oh, No!(7", Single) Rex R.11035 Ireland 1968 Sell This Version
R.11093 The Memories (2) - The Likes Of Heffo's Army album art The Memories (2) The Likes Of Heffo's Army(7", Single) Rex R.11093 Ireland 1968 Sell This Version
The Memories (2) - Exodus Main Theme album art The Memories (2) Exodus Main Theme (Single) Rex UK 1970 Sell This Version
The Memories (2) - She album art The Memories (2) She (Single) Rex UK 1971 Sell This Version
The Memories (2) - Say Good Morning album art The Memories (2) Say Good Morning (Single) Rex UK 1972 Sell This Version
The Memories (2) - Lay It On Me album art The Memories (2) Lay It On Me (Single) Rex UK 1974 Sell This Version
R.11099 The Memories (2) - Part Of The Road album art The Memories (2) Part Of The Road(7", Single) Rex R.11099 Ireland 1974 Sell This Version
OP.102 The Memories (2) A Child's Time (The Christmas Story)(7", Single) Stop (4) OP.102 Ireland 1975 Sell This Version
The Memories (2) - What 'Ya Gonna Tell Your Mama album art The Memories (2) What 'Ya Gonna Tell Your Mama (Single) BASF, Colonia (2) Ireland 1975 Sell This Version
HASP 390 The Memories (2) - Skyin' album art The Memories (2) Skyin'(7", Single) Hawk (2) HASP 390 Ireland 1976 Sell This Version
The Memories (2) - All The Kings Horses album art The Memories (2) All The Kings Horses (Single) NEMS Ireland 1977 Sell This Version
OP. 1012 The Memories (2) - The Main Attraction album art The Memories (2) The Main Attraction(7", Single) Stop (4) OP. 1012 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
SSP 002 The Memories (2) Marianne(7", Single) Spex Records SSP 002 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
SSP 003 The Memories (2) - So Hot album art The Memories (2) So Hot(7", Single) Spex Records SSP 003 Ireland 1983 Sell This Version
RITZ 091 The Memories (2) Easy Come, Easy Go(7", Single) Ritz Records RITZ 091 Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
RITZ 073 The Memories (2) - Stairway To Heaven album art The Memories (2) Stairway To Heaven(7", Single) Ritz Records RITZ 073 Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
SP 015 The Memories (2) - The Game	 album art The Memories (2) The Game (Cass, Single) Spex Records SP 015 Ireland 1990 Sell This Version
SP 015 The Memories (2) - The Game	 album art The Memories (2) The Game (7", Single) Spex Records SP 015 Ireland 1990 Sell This Version

Compilations

SPCD 965 The Memories (2) - Classic Memories album art The Memories (2) Classic Memories(CD, Comp) Spex Records SPCD 965 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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