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Philip Parris Lynott (20 August 1949 – 4 January 1986) was an Irish singer, instrumentalist and songwriter, who first came to prominence as a member of Thin Lizzy.

Lynott was born in Hallam Hospital (now Sandwell General Hospital) in West Bromwich (then in Staffordshire), England, the son of a Guyanese father, Cecil Parris, and a White Irish Catholic mother, Philomena (aka Phyllis) Lynott, whose surname he took. His father left his mother just three weeks after he was born and returned to his native Brazil. He was brought up in Moss Side , Manchester before moving to Crumlin, Dublin, whilst he was still quite young, to live with his grandmother, Sarah. His parents reportedly kept in touch for a number of years after his birth, but Lynott did not meet his father until the late 1970s.

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In the mid-1960s, Lynott began singing in his first band, the Black Eagles. It was around this time that he befriended Brian Downey. He formed Thin Lizzy around 1969 in Dublin after a short stint in Brush Shiels’ Skid Row with Gary Moore. Lynott was the main songwriter for Thin Lizzy, as well as the lead singer and bassist. Lynott was half black, and was inspired by Jimi Hendrix as an example of how a black man could be successful fronting a hard rock band. Their first top ten hit was in 1973 with the traditional Irish song “Whiskey In The Jar”.


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  • JoeyThrasher

    RIP Philo :(

    4 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TallicLizzy

    Effortlessly cool. What a legend. [2]

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Effortlessly cool. What a legend.

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • Gibsonkill

    Never Forgotten ,Phil Lynott le magicien des paroles, bassiste hors pair, fauché en pleine gloire le 4 janvier 86 UN SON qui n'a pas pris une ride "RIP"

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • hans500

    Rock in Peace, legendary singer and great bassist Mr. Phil Lynott.

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Doubleplusgood1

    27 years ago today we lost a great. I'll love him forever.

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • BazookaBob7

    "and if the boys want to fight you better let 'em". I only wonder what more you could have offered.

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • TallicLizzy

    Happy Birthday Philip :)

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    Happy Birthday, Phil :) Lots of love to wherever you are. Thanks for everything.

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • chriszhou

    R.I.P. Phil

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    RIP Phil. Gone too soon :(

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • TallicLizzy

    You still rule after all these years Phil.

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Eugener49

    " Wild one the gypsys warned of the dangers" RIP Philo 26 yrs and the music is still fresh today

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • TallicLizzy

    Happy Birthday to Philip Lynott :)

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • zepp69

    Happy Birthday Phil! may you R.I.P

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • fevereb

    He would have been only 62 today...

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • TallicLizzy

    The best front-man ever, and the solo stuff was pretty damn good as well. RIP Philo.

    17 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ShaneU

    This boy is cracking up

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • lordcthulhu

    Actually scratch that, throw in Wilgar Campbell, who was one of Rory's drummers in the early 70s!

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • lordcthulhu

    Phil Lynott should do an collab with Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore up in heaven. Maybe throw in Cozy Powell even though he was English, not Irish :P

    7 May 2011 Reply
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