The Cadets

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Decades: 1950s 1960s
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The Cadets were one of the more colourful Irish showbands of the early to mid-60s. The original line-up comprised Eileen Reid (vocals), Patrick Murphy (harmonica), Jas Fagan (trombone), Paddy Burns (vocals, trumpet), Gerry Hayes (piano), Brendan O’Connell (lead guitar), Jimmy Day (tenor saxophone, guitar) and Willie Devey (drums). The band played the usual showband fare of C&W and cover hits, but gained considerable attention for their fancy naval-inspired uniforms and exotic lead vocalist. Eileen Reid, with her enormous beehive haircut, was an instant hit with audiences, and before long the Cadets were attracting record company interest. After a false start with ‘Hello Trouble’ on Decca Records, they switched to Pye Records and were soon number 1 in Eire with their version of Jim Reeves’ ‘Fallen Star’. During this period, they also toured America and appeared on the UK television show Thank Your Lucky Stars. They were even given...

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