Began life as The First Edition but Kenny Rogers success forced a name change to Mitch & The Editions, sometimes billed as The Edition. Early member Ronnie Duff was electrocuted onstage in Dublin in 1968. The lineup shown above is the one that recorded for Pye.
Organist Andy Dunne wrote both sides of the band's Love Affair style single for Pye, which features two session players on trumpet. The B-side turned up on the Paddy Is Dead compilation a few months later, along with a new track 'Make Me Stay A Little Bit Longer'. Another Andy Dunne original 'I Can't Stop' was recorded for the second single in 1970 but for some reason it was not released. Incidentally Andy Dunne also had a song in the National Song Contest in 1968 titled 'Look For Love' which was sung by Roly Daniels.
The band underwent some changes. The relationship with Pye came to an end. Alan Murray replaced Eamonn Tierney on bass in mid 1971. The band attempted to break into the ballroom (showband) circuit and were eventually successful in their efforts. They recorded three singles for Polydor Records during 1971-72, again featuring songs by Andy Dunne. In 1972 they appeared more than once on Ken's Klub on RTE Radio, performing (or playing tapes of) original tracks.
Peter Carr recalls playing in a revamped lineup of the Editions, long after all the
original members had left apart from Andy Dunne. The lineup was Andy Dunne (keyboards),
John Farrell (vocals)
(ex The Movement,
Eric Bell (guitar) (Dreams and
Peter Carr (drums) (ex Some People (1967-69),
Purple Pussycat (1969) and
plus baritone sax player and a bassist.
Peter Carr remembers playing a regular Saturday night gig at UCD and supporting
The Tremeloes on their Irish tour.
Peter Carr emigrated to Australia in 1974, so this must have occurred during 1972-73.
Eric Bell's involvement rules out any date earlier than 1973. If Eric is excluded, it
could have happened in 1972 and indeed The Tremeloes did tour Ireland in August
that year. If anyone knows the answer, please get in touch.
The band had split bu 1974. Andy Dunne died in 1986. Mitch Mahon was also in The Fugitives.
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