A-Z Artist Index  Compilations  Record Labels  Media
Help Us!  Contact Us  Resources  Timeline

Oscar Whifney Sound

From: Finglas, Dublin

Active: c1968

Style: Rock



AKA Oscar Whifney Quintet, also known as Nightshift. I've also been told they started in Marino in 1965-66. They were managed by Shay Walsh (from Kilkenny) who also managed Sugar Shack. They played Beatles and Stones covers among others.

Oscar Whifney released a single on Dolphin in 1968 which is miscredited to Oscar Whifley. The A-side is a cover of "Tommy Jones", written by Wes Farrell, which was a hit for Odin's People in 1967. A jaunty arrangement with piano, horns and a near faux cockney vocal, it hasn't aged well (and sounds nothing like The Kinks, despite what you might read elsewhere). The B-side is a Mama And Papas cover which jettisons the swing of the original versions and plays it as straight folk-beat and it works very well. It also features an excellent guitar solo. This single is recommend for the B-side alone.

Philip Donnelly played guitar with the band at some point before joining Portrait.

John Smails is now a well-known photographer. The other band members joined various other (show)bands during 60/70s.


• Tommy Jones / Creeque Alley
7" - Dolphin Records - DOS 6 - IRL - 1968 - no PS, white label
7" - Dolphin Records - DOS 6 - UK - 1968 - no PS, green label, Island pressing
Produced by Shay Walsh

See also: Portrait

Help!: We need your help to complete this entry. If you can tell us more about this band then please do! We welcome any corrections, missing details, connections to other bands, where are they now, etc. We also need photos, scans, copies of releases or live or demo recordings, and any other memorabilia gathering dust in the attic. If you can help, then please get in touch.

A-Z Artist Index  Compilations  Record Labels  Media
Help Us!  Contact Us  Resources  Timeline