Remembering Phil Lynott

The Thin Lizzy frontman was born 69 years ago

Remembering Phil Lynott

Phil Lynott, a pivotal figure on the rise of the Heavy Metal music genre during the 1970’s, was born on August 20, 1949 in Staffordshire, England but grew up in Dublin with his grandparents. He formed the influential band Thin Lizzy in 1969 and remained it’s main songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist. Thin Lizzy scored several Rock hits throughout the 1970’s and early 1980’s including “Whiskey in the Jar”, “The Boys Are Back in Town”, “Jailbreak”, “Waiting for an Alibi”, “Dancing in the Moonlight (It’s Caught Me in Its Spotlight)” and “Thunder and Lightning”. Lynott’s distinctive plectrum-based style on the bass, and his imaginative lyrical contributions including working class tales and numerous characters, drawn from personal influences and Celtic culture. After Thin Lizzy disbanded, Lynott increasingly suffered drug-related problems, particularly an addiction to heroin. He died of pneumonia and heart failure due to septicaemia in the hospital’s intensive care unit on 4 January 1986, at the age of 36.

Look back: Thin Lizzy performing their signature song “The Boys Are Back In Town”

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