|So you've read my
story and my review. The album has been a small
part of my life for a long time now. It's not a
great album, but I have some affection for it, in
the same way that you'd be attached to an old
battered misshapen teddy bear.
In my review, I was especially critical
of the vocalist, Benny White. The review had been
online for a few years, and I occasionally
received emails about it. So one day in summer
2000, I opened one to read "you were
wondering whatever happened to the singer Benny
White on the album. This is he...."
After the initial shock, I sat
back and lauged out loud. After all these years
of my obsession, Funky Junction had actually got
in touch with me! Then the embarrassment hit me -
what had I said about the singer?
Fortunately, Benny has a sense
of humour - he said he was still going to
choirboy practice, but hasn't done the old folks'
He was kind enough not to take
offence at my review, and said that they'd had
only one day's rehearsal, and then one day in the
studio. "All those years ago, part of the
memory collection", he said.
Nowadays, Benny plays bass and
sings with a band called the Survivors. They're
based in the Dublin area, but they've been as far
afield as the USA. Good to know that he's still
playing and singing. Why not go and see the
Survivors, and find out if Benny will take
requests for Fireball? :-)
couple of pictures from
Benny White's scrapbook.
Click on each photo to see a full-size image
Elmer Fudd & Phil
Somewhere in Galway in the early 70's
b/w photo colourized by Benny's brother Joe
left to right:
Nicky Ryan (now Enya's manager)
John Donnelly (Elmer Fudd's
Jody Pollard (EF's guitarist)
Pete - EF's manager
Terry O'Neill (Thin Lizzy's
Benny White in October