Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)


Courtesy of Thin Lizzy Co UK

There is no Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame vast enough to accommodate the legacy of the late, great Philip Parris Lynott – the creative genius behind Thin Lizzy and one of the most influential rock artists of all time. He is beloved, revered, and emulated by indie and alternative rockers, punks, folkies, and metal heads alike.  


Pounding out root note passages on top of the beat with his instrument positioned ergonomically chest high, this Dublin by-way-of Birmingham working-class poet bared his restless romantic soul in compositions and performances that were reflective, cocksure, cavalier … and jubilant – all in the span of a five minute pop song!


Detailing the blue-collar lives of the proletariat and fringe characters, Phil’s artistry, to my ears, sits well among the revered works of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell. All of Phil’s recordings, regardless of critical acceptance or commercial success, are absolutely essential.


Phil’s unique style of conversational vocal phrasing – half sung / half spoken – afforded his witty libretto a cinematic quality.


Lynott’s legend is well documented. For our purposes, Phil’s weapons of choice included his signature black Fender Precision bass, Rickenbacker, and in his later years, an Ibanez Roadster.


Phil Lynott Sound & Vision …




“The Boys Are Back in Town”


“Whisky In the Jar”


“Bad Reputation”




“Cowboy Song”


“Old Town”