b. Philip Parris Lynott, 20 August 1949, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, d. 4 January 1986, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. Having enjoyed considerable success in Thin Lizzy, Lynott first recorded solo in 1980, the same year that he married Caroline Crowther, daughter of UK television celebrity Leslie Crowther. Lynott’s first single, ‘Dear Miss Lonely Hearts’, reached number 32 in the UK charts and was followed by an album, Solo In Soho. A tribute to Elvis Presley, ‘King’s Call’ also reached number 35. Lynott had to wait until 1982 for his next hit, ‘Yellow Pearl’, which reached the UK Top 20 after being used as the theme tune to television show Top Of The Pops. In the summer of 1984, Thin Lizzy broke up and it was widely anticipated that Lynott would go on to solo fame. A new group, Grand Slam, failed to develop and Lynott’s subsequent solo single, ‘Nineteen’, did not sell. The last notable instalment in his career came in May 1985 when he partnered Gary Moore on the number 5 hit, ‘Out In The Fields’. He played his last gig with Grand Slam at the Marquee in London on 3 December 1985. At the turn of the following year, he suffered a drug overdose and, following a week in a coma, died of heart failure, exacerbated by pneumonia.
From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.