Rory Gallagher

William Rory Gallagher ( born March 2, 1948 in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, † June 14, 1995 in London) was an Irish guitarist and singer-songwriter. His musical work has focused on blues-rock and blues in different game types. Gallagher took primarily original music on, rare cover versions of old blues classics.

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Life and work

Early years

At the age of nine, Gallagher began playing guitar. From 1963 he played in the Fontana Showband, which later became Impact. He was in his own words a blues and rock 'n' roll fan. His musical influences have included Lonnie Donegan, Muddy Waters and Leadbelly.

In 1966 he founded with Norman Damery (drums) and Eric Kitteringham ( electric bass), the " power trio " button. At the urging of management replaced in 1968 John Wilson ( drums) and Richard ( Charlie ) McCracken ( bass), the rhythm section. With this formation Gallagher succeeded at London's Marquee Club and the legendary Isle of Wight Festival, the breakthrough in the British rock scene. All key albums were also included in this lineup.


Since 1970, Gallagher joined with a new band ( Wilgar Campbell, drums and Gerry McAvoy, bass) to just under the name of Rory Gallagher. He produced almost all of the following albums also itself, the arrangements were sophisticated. From 1972 completed Rod de Ath on drums and Lou Martin on the piano the band. The readers of the Musik Express selected him from 1971 to 1973 in succession to the most popular guitarists. Was marked Gallagher's electric guitar -playing style through a blues-rock foundation. However, acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica and alto saxophone testified Gallaghers Irish musical heritage. The imagery of the lyrics moved accordingly between the " myth of America" ​​and the " melancholy of Ireland ". On his tour of Ireland in 1974 his album Irish Tour '74 was born. For this tour, the director Tony Palmer turned the eponymous film, which shows the simple operation of the Band " on the road", as well as the interested exclusively on making music star without airs and graces. Setlist of movie and album differ.

Gallagher's attitude and character banned him also to the interest of top bands like Cream ( 1969), Rolling Stones (1974 ) and Deep Purple (1975 ) respond that Gallagher after the departure of their guitarist Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Ritchie Blackmore would like hired.


In Munich's Musicland Studios Gallagher took his 1976 album Calling Card on. It was produced by Roger Glover, bassist of Deep Purple. This album starts - due Glovers influence - a slightly stronger hard rock sound on the recordings. The album Photo Finish of 1978 was again a trio album with Ted McKenna on drums. From the album Jinx finally played Brendan O'Neal on drums. By 1982, Gallagher brought thus in almost annual basis a new album on the market. Photo Finish and Top Priority and Jinx were recorded in the Dierks Studio in Cologne. In 1987, he answered on a five-year break with Defender back. In 1992, he presented himself to the sampler Etched in Blue together, of each of its 14 albums contains a title.

Rory Gallagher became known to a wide German-speaking audience at the latest on 23 July 1977 his live performance in the first, on television and radio broadcast throughout Europe Rockpalast night in the Grugahalle in Essen. Between 1976 and 1990 he performed five times on Rockpalast. After it was clear by the end of the 1980s quietly to the musician and singer, he started, health already hit hard and early 1990s with a new band once again making a comeback: With Mark Feltham ( harmonica ), Richard Newman ( drums) David Levy (bass) and Jim Leverton (keyboards ), he went on tour. Gallagher died on June 14, 1995 to the consequences of a liver transplant, which had become necessary due to his alcoholism. His birthplace in Ballyshannon and his grave at the St. Oliver Cemetery in Ballincollig ( County Cork) are visited by fans often.


Gallagher's trademark was his from him almost exclusively played electric guitar, a Fender Stratocaster and onwards 1961. Characteristic of Gallagher's guitar was the body that had originally worn a coat in the color Sunburst, largely through intensive use of the instrument over the years was removed and never replaced. Other parts of the instrument, however, were regularly repaired and modified. After Gallagher's death, the musical instrument manufacturer Fender brought out a special edition of the model Stratocaster, which is an exact replica of Gallagher's guitar to the last detail of the paint damage.

As a guitar amplifier used mostly Gallagher. Vox AC30 one in conjunction with a "Range Master", a treble booster of the company Dallas


Some of the publications were provided remastered and with additional material as bonus tracks, photos or texts, so that different outfits are possible.


Rory Gallagher





  • 2001 - Irish Tour '74 (DVD)
  • 2004 - Rory Gallagher at Rockpalast (WDR Studio L, Cologne 1976/Grugahalle, Food 1977/Jam Session, Wiesbaden 1979)
  • 2005 - Rory Gallagher - The Complete Rockpalast Collection ( Three -disc DVD, Limited Edition DVD 1: WDR Studio L Cologne 1976 Grugahalle Essen 1977 Jam Session Wiesbaden 1979 DVD 2: Loreley 1982 Lorelei Jam Session 1982 DVD 3: May Festival. Wiesbaden 1979 Live Music Hall Cologne 1990)
  • 2008 - Rock Goes to College (DVD, Middlesex Polytechnic 27 January 1979)
  • 2010 - Rory Gallagher - Ghost Blues: The Story of Rory Gallagher ( double DVD, Disc 1: . "The Story of Rory Gallagher " Disc 2: "The Beat Club Sessions 1971-72. )
  • 2011 - Irish Tour '74 ( BluRay )