Eddie Mooney

Bass/Vocals

Eddie joined his first teen pop group in Larne, Northern Ireland in 1974, called Flame, who toured with the chart acts of the time, but released no recordings. In 1975 Eddie moved to Manchester where he formed the progressive rock band “Accidents” with keyboardist Paul McKavanagh and drummer Alan Arenstein.

Popular on the student circuit, the band survived the onset of punk, releasing their only EP “Execution” on their own Eye label. By 1978 Eddie had gone solo and, with backing group the Grave, featuring guitarist Mike Rowbottom and drummer Chris Fisher, he was signed to independent Manchester label TJM Records, which also released singles by Mick Hucknall, later of Simply Red, and Slaughter & The Dogs.

In 1978 the label released the bizarre “I Bought Three Eggs” single, frequently played by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Although it didn’t chart, the track attained cult status being re-released on the “White Dopes on Punk” CD in 2005 and again on vinyl on the German “Still Unbeatable” label in 2009.

During the 80s,Eddie was lead vocalist and bassist with Parq Avenue, who toured with chart acts and released their only single “Raffy and Sean / No Control” on the independent “Q Records” label, which reached the lower end of the UK Top 100 in 1983. During this period Eddie recruited drummer Tony Mansfield (brother of singer Elkie Brooks), who was a former original member of 60s hit band The Dakotas, who had also backed singer Billy J. Kramer. This led to reformation of The Dakotas with original guitarist Mike Maxfield.

From 1989 to 2007, Eddie was a member of The Dakotas who toured the USA, Germany, Ireland and Sweden as well as the UK nostalgia and theatre circuit. The band released six albums, “The Dakotas”, “The Beat Goes On”, “Don’t Look Back”, “Everlasting”, “Strong” and “Evolution” and were a regular fixture on the successful “Solid Silver 60s” tours (six to date), where they also backed acts such as Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, Wayne Fontana, John Walker of The Walker Brothers and others. Eddie also appeared on a sporadic basis as bassist and vocalist with 70s Glam rock act The Glitter Band during this period, also recording new versions of their hits “Angel Face” and “Didn’t Know I Loved You” with original member John Rossall.

In 2001 Eddie worked with UK comedian Peter Kay as a session singer and bassist on the successful Phoenix Nights TV series, notably singing “Don’t Cry Out Loud”. Eddie also sang and played on Kay’s follow up series Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere. He had a cameo role in Episode 3 performing as a musician on stage with Kay’s character Max, dressed as Boy George.

As a spin-off form working with John Walker of The Walker Brothers, Eddie appeared on a US PBS television special in 2007 as a member of The Walker Brothers, where they reprised the act’s UK and American hits. Their performance was subsequently released on a US-only “British Invasion” DVD.

In December 2007, whilst still with The Dakotas, Eddie was asked to stand in as lead vocalist and bassist with 60s and 70s British chart band The Fortunes due to the illness of original frontman Rod Allen. In early 2008 Eddie became a permanent member following the death of Allen and has been with the band ever since.Eddie played on The Fortunes albums Play On and Another Road and appeared during 2008 in Las Vegas, Netherlands and Belgium as well as the UK. The band successfully toured Canada, the Netherlands and Sweden, in addition to the UK during 2009. Since then the Fortunes continue to appear on 60s theatre package shows, as well as their own Past and Present theatre show. Mooney played on and produced the accompanying Past and Present live album. In 2016 the band appeared on the Australian “Rock the Boat” concert cruise and the band toured Australia in 2018.

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