Written by on April 10, 2019

Story by Chuck Tackett


“Music makes the people come together. Music makes the bourgeoisie and the rebel.”



Before I begin this article, I would like to dedicate it to my friend and reader Don Adams. Don has taught me the importance of the arts, especially in these times, and the efforts by some Republicans, started by former President Ronald Reagan, to squash the arts, because of its influence. The mango colored demon residing in the White House presently not only detests the arts but has, along with the help of his zombie enablers, tried to diminish the importance of science in our lives as well.

With the recent murder of rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle, I thought here we go with talks of “Black on Black crime” from some white conservatives, who hijacked the term, using it to scare their base. They purposely use this phrase to spread the lie that somehow Black people are inherently violent. I guess it takes too much effort to do some critical thinking to do more than blame concentrated, impoverished, a segregated community with the by-product of crime. Black people who murder Black people do not do it because of the color of one’s complexion. You got that twisted. That is what KKK and other White nationalist terrorists do to people of color, and others who are marginalized. Some of you would know that if you would quit sucking on FOX’s titty.

Back in the 1990s when I was involved with 90.1FM KKFI, Kansas City’s 100,000 listeners supported community radio station, there was an overnight music show that featured heavy and death metal music. One night, the hot of the show played this tape about different White gangs in Europe killing each other. Their common denominator was their love of death metal music genre. My mouth dropped. Not because that was so unusual for White people, but because of the lack of coverage from news outlets here in America. I could on assume that “White on White crime” wasn’t sensational enough for them at the time.

If you have Netflix or YouTube service, there is a documentary entitled ” The Miami Showband Massacre.” The title drew my attention, because I have never heard of this group, and I wondered if it was a venue that caught fire or something.

The Miami Showband was an Irish show band in the 1960s and 70s. The lead singer was Dickie Rock and later on, Fran O’ Toole. The Miami Showband was extremely popular, and known as “The Irish Beatles.” The group consisted of 6 members.

For those of you, like me, who have never heard of a show band, they were dance bands in the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s in Ireland. Their basic repertoire was dance hits and covers of pop hits. Members would perform standing up so they could dance around like Black soul bands, and like Bill Haley and The Comets. At first, they only performed in Irish venues, crossing the border between Republic and Northern Ireland. The Miami Showband thought they were immune to the political climate and warring factions between the Catholics and the Protestants, at that particular time in history. Their audience and fans consisted of a mixture of Catholics and Protestants, who temporarily put aside their differences and the fact that there were at war with each other. Madonna was so right when she sang in 2000 that “Music makes the people come together. Music makes the bourgeoisie and the rebel…”

On July 31st, 1975, The Miami Showband, after performing a gig in Banbridge, Ireland, was on the road that night to go back home to Dublin. Their van was stopped at what they thought was a military checkpoint. where gunmen dressed as British army soldiers ordered them out of their minibus, and were told to stand alongside the road. Two of the “soldiers” hid a time bomb in the van. Something wrong happened and the time bomb exploded right then and there, killing the two who planted it. The other soldiers opened fire on The Miami Showband killing 3 of them, and injuring two. It is believed the planted bomb was supposed to go off en route, killing all of them, so that the band members would appear to be members of the IRA (Irish Revolutionary Army) bomb smugglers, and stricter security measures would be established between the border. So completely innocent people were murdered as political pawns for military purposes. That is some shady ass crap.

The massacre dealt a heavy blow to Ireland’s music scene. The Miami Showband was known as a nonpolitical music group, who were a mixture of Catholics and Protestants. The fans who came to different venues to dance to their music were the same.

Another huge blow was the fact that one of The Miami Showband members who was gunned down and murdered, was lead singer Fran O’ Toole. He was beloved by both Republic, and Northern Irish fans alike. He was hailed at that time as Ireland’s greatest soul singer. The documentary gave me the impression that some questions have yet to be answered about this conspiracy. The remaining surviving three members, after 40+ years, have tirelessly continued searching for answers, to set the record straight for themselves, and their murdered mates. The shade of it all.

Chuck’s Chat operates under an open authority. Opinions and comments are always welcomed. Send them to soultraindancing@yahoo.com

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