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Mexicans Feature (1961-1971)

Photo Gallery - Band Lineups - Discography - Audio samples - Where Are They Now?

The Story

Our special thanks to original member Tony Killeen for his assistance, photos and info on the band's history.

The Mexicans were one of those showbands that played an important role in the showband era's history without ever reaching the dizzying heights of other bands like the Royal, Capitol or Miami. Started around 1961, the band came together around founder Alan Cranny (guitar). More to come shortly...... 

The band featured a very young Tina before she went on to fame as the lead singer with the Nevada and as a solo artist. Tina left the band to join the newly formed Jim Farley and the Tophatters in 1968 when T.J. Byrne gave the band the residency in the new Top Hat Ballroom in Dun Laoghaire. It was there that she met and married drummer Dessie Reynolds.

In January, 1969, the band received a shock when manager, Tom Cranny was killed in a car accident. Sean Jordan, manager of the Jackpots took over managing the band. In August, 1969, Tina rejoined to front the band alongside lead singer Danny Francis, however, Danny left the band over the Christmas. 

In August, 1971, Alan Cranny (guitar), Willie O'Hagan (bass) and Mike Quigley (keyboards) left the band to join John Farrell's new outfit, The Groundhogs.

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Tina & The Mexicans (LR) Mexicans Showband (JB)

Tina and the Mexicans (KS)

Tina & the Mexicans Tina & the Mexicans (LR)

Mexicans - 1969

Mexicans - 1968

Mexicans - 1968

Tina - 1968

Mexicans - Aug, 1969

New Single, 1968

Tina - 1968 Tina - 1968 Tina - 1969

Mexicans - 1962 (TK)

     

Mexicans - 1962 (TK)

Mexicans (PL)

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Years Vocals Vocals/Gtr Guitar Bass Drums Keyboards Sax Sax Trombone
1962 Terry
Smith
Hank
Owens
Alan
Cranny
Sean
Owens
Tony
Killeen
Mick
O'Reilly
Shay
Cranny
Bunty
Hayden
Noel
Dempsey
1962 Tony
Kenny
Hank
Owens
Alan
Cranny
Sean
Owens
Tony
Killeen
Mick
O'Reilly
Sean
McDermott
Bunty
Hayden
 
196 Tina
Reynolds
Danny
Francis
Alan
Cranny
Frankie
Owens
Dessie
Reynolds
Mick
Dunne
Philip
Denvir
Bunty
Hayden
 
1967 Tina
Reynolds
Danny
Francis
Alan
Cranny
Frankie
Owens
Dessie
Reynolds
Mick
Dunne
Philip
Denvir
Bunty
Hayden
 
1968   Danny
Francis
Alan
Cranny
Frankie
Owens
Unknown Mick
Dunne
Philip
Denvir
Bunty
Hayden
 
1969 Tina
Reynolds
Danny
Francis
Alan
Cranny
Frankie
Owens
Martin
Brannigan
Mick
Dunne
Philip
Denvir
Bunty
Hayden
 
1969 Tina
Reynolds
Danny
Francis
Alan
Cranny
Frankie
Owens
Eamonn
Donnelly
Mick
Dunne
Philip
Denvir
Bunty
Hayden
 
1970 Tina
Reynolds
Billy
Johnson
Alan
Cranny
Frankie
Owens
Eamonn
Donnelly
Mick
Dunne
Philip
Denvir
Bunty
Hayden
 
1971 Tina
Reynolds
Billy
Johnson
  Frankie
Owens
Eamonn
Donnelly
Mick
Dunne
Philip
Denvir
Bunty
Hayden
 

Discography

I Won't Marry Him / Just Hang On (Tina and the Mexicans) - Our thanks to Tommy Hayes
Target Records - 7N.17283 - March, 1967
One Love Two / Longing To Hold You (Tina - National Song Contest Entry)
Target Records - 7N.17525 - April, 1968
Julie's Just Gone / Alexander Higginbottom (Mexicans)
Target Records - 7N.17613 - October, 1968
Without Your Love (Mexicans)
Target Records - Unknown - December, 1968
Que Sera Sera (Tina & The Mexicans)
Target Records - Unknown -

Audio Clips

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Where Are They Now?   (More to come)

  Tina Reynolds:
  Danny Francis:
  Alan Cranny:
  Frankie Owens:
  Dessie Reynolds:
  Mick Dunne:
  Philip Denvir - RIP: Eamonn Donnelly wrote to tell us us Phillip sadly passed away on the 24th of July, 2011
at the age of 67 in Virginia, USA
  Martin Brannigan:
  Eamonn Donnelly:
  Billy Johnson:

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