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The founding members of the group were Conleth (Con) Cluskey (born 18 November 1941), Declan (Dec) Cluskey (born 23 December 1942), and John Stokes (Sean James Stokes) (born 13 August 1940). In 1957 they formed their first band together, “The Harmonichords” (also seen as “The Harmony Chords”), a classically styled instrumental harmonica-act.

As The Harmonichords, they appeared on Hughie Green’s ‘Opportunity Knocks’ on Radio Luxembourg[1] and on the ‘Ed Sullivan’ TV Show St. Patrick’s Day Special (filmed in Dublin, broadcast 15 March 1959), where they played “Danny Boy.”[2] They also played background music plus featured pieces in a 25 week radio comedy series called ‘Odd Noises’ on Radio Éireann featuring Eamonn Andrews.[3] They changed their name to “The Bachelors” in 1962 at the suggestion of Dick Rowe, A&R at Decca Records, who reportedly recommended the name “because that’s the kind of boy a girl likes.”[4]

During the 1960s, they had many successful songs in music charts in Europe Australia, South Africa, South America, parts of the USSR, and the United States. Some of the most successful were “Diane” (1964), “Marie” (1965), “I Wouldn’t Trade You For the World” (1965), and “In the Chapel in the Moonlight” (1965). In 1965 they had the ‘most played juke box track’ with “The Stars Will Remember” from a film they made with then-current DJ Sam Costa.[5]


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  • Christien67

    a flashback of great memories

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • jellyvision

    I have a couple of The Bachelors EP's on Decca gr8 band gr8 voice thought they gonna make a come back

    12 Jan 2010 Reply
  • secretcolaninja

    Middle of the road my ARSE! Best song ever, the name is just fantastic! Never heard a nicer, more sophisticated, elegant ladylike name in my whole life lol. Ramona, Maria and Diane are just backing singers compared to Charmaine!

    20 Mar 2009 Reply

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