Make Me an Island Joe Dolan
Song Title: Make Me an Island
Artist: Joe Dolan
Date of release: 1969
Description: ” Make Me an Island ” is by Joe Dolan ( Joseph Francis Robert ” Joe ” Dolan ), who was an Irish entertainer, recording artist and pop singer.
Joe acquired his first guitar in 1958 and along with his brother, who played the saxophone, began playing in local bands. After a while they formed their own band called The Drifters, eventually renaming the band Joe Dolan and His Drifters in order to avoid legal action from the American band of the same name.
In the summer of 1968 the band effectively split when some of the band left. In the 1960s Joe was offered the chance to play in Las Vegas, which he turned down. It wasn’t until the 1980s that he accepted the invitation, securing a $10,000 a week stint at the Continental Lounge of the Silverbird Casino on the Strip in Las Vegas. Further attempts to get Joe to perform were declined, he would only return to Las Vegas in future as a holidaymaker.
Joe became the first Irish artist and one of the first Western acts to tour communist Russia in the latter part of the 1970s and was added to the UN blacklist for touring South Africa during the apartheid era.
Joe’s legacy lives on not just through his music but also through a bridge that was named after him and erected in his hometown of Mullingar. The bridge, opened on the 6th of September 2010, is the longest bridge in the Republic Of Ireland at 1,770 feet ( 540 metres ). In the town square there is also a statue of Joe. He died at the age of 68 on the 26th of December 2007.
” Make Me an Island ” was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. Albert is a Gibraltarian singer, songwriter and record producer. He is one of the World’s most prolific songwriters, collaborating on many occasions with other celebrated songwriters like Mike Hazlewood, John Bettis, Diane Warren, Holly Knight and Carole Bayer Sager. As a solo singer, he is best known for ” It Never Rains in Southern California “, the popular 1972 hit.
Mike Hazlewood was an English singer, composer and songwriter. Mike’s career began in the 1960s when he became a DJ Radio Luxembourg, the popular forerunner of pirate radio. In 1966 he was a founding member of the group The Family Dogg, together with Albert Hammond and Steve Rowland. Mike Hazlewood died from a heart attack on the 6th of May 2001 at the age of 59 while on holiday in Florence, Italy.
” Make Me an Island ” was released in 1969 by record label Pye ( Universal Music Group ) and is taken from the Album of the same name.
The song was a commercial success for Joe. In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles chart on the 1st of July 1969 and reached a peak of number 3. It spent 5 weeks in the top ten and a total of 19 weeks on the UK chart. The song also charted in Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 17, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 16, Germany (Official German Charts) 15, Irish Singles Chart 2, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 11
Official Website: Joedolan.com
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/JoeDolan