1951 – Birth of Brian Downey in Dublin. Downey is the drummer and a founder member of the rock band Thin Lizzy.

In his youth, he met friend, co-founder and bass guitarist Phil Lynott, who attended the same school as did Downey. Along with Lynott, Downey was the only constant founder and member of the pioneering hard rock group until their break-up in 1984, although he did opt out of a 1978 tour claiming “exhaustion.” Today, he continues to play with an incarnation of Thin Lizzy. Downey also co-wrote several Thin Lizzy songs. Allmusic critic Eduardo Rivadavia has argued that Downey is “certainly one of the most underrated rock drummers of his generation.”

Photo: Eric Bell, Phil Lynott, Brian Downey

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