About Thin Lizzy
Irish outfit Thin Lizzy was one of the most influential hard rock bands of the 1970s, thanks to their iconic frontman-bassist Phil Lynott and their riff-heavy, multi-guitar grooves.
∙ The band’s twin-guitar take on the traditional Irish folk song “Whiskey In the Jar” was their breakout single in 1972, hitting No. 1 in Ireland and making the Top 10 in the UK and Germany.
∙ Their signature song, “The Boys Are Back In Town,” was awarded Best Single by NME in 1976 and was later named one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone.
∙ In 1977, “Dancing in the Moonlight (It’s Caught Me in Its Spotlight)” was a Top 5 single, driven by the saxophone-fueled groove provided by John Helliwell of fellow ’70s rockers Supertramp.
∙ As a testament to their reputation as an explosive live act, the band’s most commercially successful LP was 1978’s Live and Dangerous, which ended up going double Platinum in the UK.
∙ During the late-’70s UK punk explosion, members of Thin Lizzy and Sex Pistols joined forces (under the band moniker The Greedies) to release the 1979 holiday hit “A Merry Jingle.”