CHRISTIE HENNESSY

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Christie Hennessy

Biography

Courtesy of the Artist's Site 2010.

Christie was born in Tralee, County Kerry; he was the youngest of 9 children.

There was always music in the house. His father played jazz on the accordian, his Mother a great storyteller, sang traditional Irish songs. Neighbours and family members, including Henry Curtin who played drums (Frank Sinatra's drummer), would join in the regular sessions of music and song. (Happy Days)

From these early memories, Christie's influences ranged from Elvis, Al Johnston, Bill Haley, Fats Domino, Robert Johnston, Mississippi John Hurt to The Beatles and all Musicals.
Christie left school at 11½ (the ½ he said was important). At 15 he went to work on building sites in London by day and played in the R&B clubs by night.

Christie was 23 when he wrote his first song.

Christie released his first album "Christie Hennessy" (also known as "The Green Album") in 1972, "The Rehearsal" 1992 (triple platinum), "A Year In The Life" 1993 (quadruple platinum), "Lord of Your Eyes" 1994 (triple platinum), "The Box" 1996 (triple platinum), "This Is As Far As I Go" 1999 (double platinum), "The Definitive Christie Hennessy" 2003, "Stories For Sale" 2005, "The Platinum Collection" 2007.
Christie was discovered by the late John Peel.
Christie composed the theme tune and incidental music for the BBC TV series "Get Well Soon" written by Ray Galton ("Steptoe & Son") and composed and wrote a Musical/Feature film about his native Ireland ("Two Stops to Paradise".

As well as writing Christie produced two of his own albums with Steve Nye, "The Box" and "This Is As Far As I Go". He solo produced Aled Jones' album "Whenever God Shines His Light".
The following legendary Irish artists all attained their first No.1's covering Christie's songs.

Christy Moore - "Don't Forget Your Shovel"
Frances Black - "All The Lies That You Told Me"
Moya Brennan - "Oh Jealous Heart"
Nizlopi attained their first No.1 ("JCB Song") sampling some of Christie's lyrics from "Don't Forget Your Shovel" (Xmas single 2005 - UK & Ireland)

Christie was the Patron to the Irish charity "Children in Crossfire". His special focus was on the schools literacy programmes, as Christie was unable to read or write himself due to his childhoold years spent roaming the countryside rather than attending school. He suffered from severe dyslexia which was not picked up at school.
Following a trip to Kenya with the Charity in 2006 and after spending time in the different villages with the children, Christie wrote a song "A Price For Love". He thought it was very important that the lyrics came from what the children would say to us all if they could.

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