Discovering Thin Lizzy all Over Again and Frontman the Late Phil Lynott August 20, 1949 – January 4, 1986


I am a huge music fan and love music of many genres. I am especially intrigued by music from the ’60s, ’70s & ”80s. I listen to a wide variety of music and at one time in my life chasing the dream of being a singer. I still love singing and writing song lyrics.

Over the weekend I was relaxing watching YouTube videos and ran across a video by Thin Lizzy. Well, I was born in 1963, so I love music from that era and have always loved “The Boys are Back in Town,” but had no idea that the band was from Dublin Ireland, and who the members were. As I listened to the “Boys Are Back in Town,” it brought back so many fond memories of growing up in the small West Texas town that I grew up in as well as the memory of happy times with my many friends. I continued listening and wanted more, so I started listening to more of their songs and ran across videos of them singing live and saw Phil Lynott their lead singer. I knew his beautiful voice but had never seen him and was drawn to him and the other members of the band. They were an outstanding, hard-rocking band and he was an incredible lyricist. I listened to many of their songs as I watched their videos and started watching videos that his beautiful mother, Philomena made after his death.

Philip Parris Lynott (20 August 1949 – 4 January 1986) was an Irish musician and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist, and bassist. He was known for his distinctive plectrum-based style on the bass, and for his imaginative lyrical contributions including working-class tales and numerous characters drawn from personal influences and Celtic culture. Excerpts are taken from Wikipedia.

They sang a song called “The Sun Goes Down.” What a truly amazing song, with lyrics that gave me goosebumps. His deep Baritone voice and the band’s choice in music were hauntingly beautiful. It’s so sad that he and many of our great musicians have passed away due to drug use. The song made me wonder if he was making reference to himself and his life. I don’t know, what I do know is that he left behind a great legacy with lots of wonderful songs for us all to enjoy and fans who still remember where they were when a new Thin Lizzy song played on the radio.

I admire his mother, “Philomena Lynott’s” courage, strength, and determination to ensure her son’s legacy is kept alive in a dignified manner. He has status dedicated to him, wax figures in his memory. He left behind two beautiful daughters who are now adults with their own families but still work diligently to keep their father’s memory alive.