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April 14, 2021 / rockroots

Bojangle – Smile Little Lady

Bojangle was one of many bands to emerge from the fertile music scene of 1960s Limerick. Denis Allen and Tom Frost played guitar and drums respectively in a line-up of the Berwyn Showband in the late ’60s (replacing guitarist Willie Browne who was forming Reform). In 1969 Allen and Frost teamed with Bobby O’Driscoll (bass) and Brendan Frawley (keyboards) as The Embers. After a few false starts, and losing Frawley, they became Bojangle in 1971. This was the first of their two singles, written by Allen and with a ‘B’-side by Barry O’Driscoll – perhaps related to Bobby, but apparently an original song in any case. By 1973 Bojangle were no more. Allen joined Tommy Drennan’s Top League for a spell before the awfully-named Shaun O’Dowd & Ding-A-Ling. Frost and O’Driscoll may also have been part of the latter group. The prolific Denis Allen had a surprise hit single with ‘Limerick You’re a Lady’ in 1978, leading to a string of solo releases in the early 1980s.

That schmaltzy ballad, however, was far removed from Allen’s first single with Bojangle. Both sides are vaguely country rock with raw but mature production typical of the genre in that era. ‘Smile Little Lady’ is a good-time track about a reunion with a lost love, ‘Lighthouse Louie’ a little slower, but both with some nice measured electric guitar.

Bojangle – Smile Little Lady (192 kbps):

  • Smile Little Lady
  • Lighthouse Louie

See Also:

Irish Rock Discography: Bojangle

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