Celebrating a remarkable 55 years on the road, Kildare Resident Rob Strong launches his biography. Rob's son Andrew Strong, star of The Commitments, also lives in Kildare
Celebrating a remarkable 55 years on the road, Kildare Resident Rob Strong launches his biography.
Rob's son Andrew Strong, star of The Commitments, also lives in Kildare
The legendary Blues/ Soul singer, Rob Strong, may be 73 years old this year but as the title of his forthcoming Biography suggests, Rob is STILL GOING STRONG! The Derry Native is celebrating a remarkable 55 years on the road, even if two lockdowns have limited his busy schedule this year.
The Biography is available to pre-order only from www.robstrong.ie and for €19.99 you get book and a free Rob Strong CD, both signed by Rob, and free delivery.
Many of Ireland’s top musicians who played with Rob or who knew him personally are featured in extensive interviews in a fascinating insight into the music scene in Ireland (from 1965 to 1995).
Included are household names such as Phil Coulter, Barry Devlin, Johnny Logan, Colm Wilkinson, Thin Lizzy original guitarist Eric Bell, Paul Brady, Don Baker, Paddy Cole, Brush Shiels, Mary Coughlan, Kelley,Frankie McBride, RTE Pat Shortt, DJs Dave Fanning, Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Smiley Bolger, Fr. Brian D’Arcy, George Jones, Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers), and Richie Malone from Status Quo.
An extensive interview with the late Brian Coll, from July 2020, forms a central part of the book.
Included in the Biography, written by his manager Paul Holland, is Rob's fascinating account of his life story from humble beginnings in Springtown Camp, Derry, in Northern Ireland. Friends, family and musicians recall Rob's early days and his first bands as a teenager. Rob looks back at the Showband era when he moved to Omagh and played with The Polka Dots and fronted the iconic Plattermen, two of the biggest bands in Ireland. Rob also performed with Johnny Logan in The Giants as well as The Las Vegas Showband, The Rockets, The Commitments band and The Rob Strong Band in a career that has spanned almost six decades.
Rob's son, Andrew Strong (Deco Cuffe) gives a rare interview into the making of the smash hit movie The Commitments in 1991. The foreword is written by Barry Devlin from Horslips, who were great friends of The Plattermen
The man known as "The Godfather of Irish Soul" once turned down the opportunity to join Deep Purple!
Ireland's top musicians recall many memorable moments of Rob's career with most agreeing that his voice and bass playing have always been world class. In the early 1970s nobody in Ireland personified the raw energy of rock and blues music like Rob Strong. Rob still has that unique distinctive voice today, that mesmerised audiences all those years ago. Chad Smith the legendary American drummer from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, played on four tracks of Rob's album, entitled "Hurricane Room" in 1992.
Rob and his wife Noreen, have one son, Andrew, and two daughters, Niamh and Alex, all of whom are interviewed in the book, about Rob and their own involvement in music.
The Rob Strong Biography is now available to PRE-ORDER online by Pay Pal or Credit Card at www.robstrong.ie.
If you pre-order the book you will receive a free Rob Strong CD when book is published in first week of December with both signed by Rob Strong.
Due to Covid -19 restrictions we are unable to launch book with gigs as planned in Derry, Omagh and Dublin.