Gene Chetty has informed me of the sad passing of Mr. Fergus Sherlock in London. The late Mr. Sherlock founded The Gents in 1964 and was the band's first manager. He was a well known tenor in the late 1950s and had a hit with his recording of, "I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers". He later sang with The Gallowglass Ceili Band. May he Rest In Peace.
It has come to our notice that Mickey O'Neill has passed away in Las Vegas. Mickey , from Castleblaney, played with a number of bands including The Big 8 and Paddy Cole. Sincere sympathy to his family and May he Rest in Peace.
We have just learned of the sad passing of Martin Phelan following a long illness. Condolences to Martin's family and friends. May he Rest in Peace.
Martin played with The Miami and The Sands.
Sadly we report that Pat Roper of The Tartans and The Spotlights passed away recently at his home in Long Island. May he Rest in Peace.
Gene The Gent Helps Arts Centre
College tutor reprises showbiz role to aid Arts Centre
Former Irish showband frontman Dushy Chetty, now a management tutor at North Hertfordshire College’s Goldsmith Management Centre in Letchworth Garden City, returned to his showbiz days to put on a special show in aid of Letchworth Arts Centre.
Dushy – who sang with the highly successful band Gene and the Gents under the name Gene Chetty – got together with College colleagues and friends to stage a fund-raising Variety Night at the Centre. And on Monday, Gene presented a cheque for £350 to Maria Iredale, the Arts Centre’s chief executive.
“Supporting your local arts centre is important,” he said. He is planning another show in the autumn.
In the picture from left are Dushy, Maria Iredale, local paramedic and singer Cliff Parsons, who met up with Dushy while on a College course, and Bridget Poulter, who combines being the College’s marketing executive (business) with teaching and performing belly dance.
It's my great pleasure to be able to report on the charity work of another of our forum members here. Following the above report on Gene Chetty the spotlight turns on Tom E. King and his efforts for charity through the sales of his album "Orbison Tribute" which, may I say is top class. I'll let the attached letter to Tom E. from the charity say the rest.
Two Showband Classics from Gene Chetty