|The Carlton Dance Band were later changed to the Flying Carltons as they were the first band to fly to a gig due to a busy schedule and that made them famous in their day. http://www.irishshowbands.net/pg_flying_carltons.htm|
There was a story about them recently in the independent:
Regarded as the ' U2 of their era' the band recorded some notable first nationwide records, including becoming the first Irish band to fly to a gig and the first group from the Republic to headline at the King's Hall in Belfast. At the end of the night they had to play ' God Save the King' - and didn't know the words!
They began life around 1939 and thrilled audiences the length and breath of the country for close on two decades.
They became the first band to fly to a show, Dublin to Limerick, and within two weeks were off to another one in London.
They played a residency in the Abbey Ballroom and their partnership became synonymous with good times in Drogheda.
'It was actually the Drogheda Independent that got them the name. They were called the Carlton before they took that first flight and then the paper christened them the Flying Carlton,' Aidan explained.
The arrival of Rock n' Rock killed the dancehall days in many ways and the years of travelling certainly took their toll on the members, Joe Leech passing away at the age of 54 in 1964.
Perhaps this thread could look at what part the showbands played in irish life during their time. I hear people talking about the era and it sounds interesting. Some of the bigger bands had a big following and also some of the venues would become famous although many are now delapisated or gone.