Dickie Rock

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Dickie Rock
Birth name Richard Rock
Born (1936-10-10) 10 October 1936 (age 78)
Cabra, Dublin, Ireland
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts Miami Showband

Dickie Rock (born Richard Rock, 10 October 1936[1]) is an Irish singer.[2] He experienced much success on the Irish charts during the 1960s, but has continued on as a popular live act as well as occasionally hitting the charts ever since.

Early fame[edit]

Rock was born in Cabra on Dublin's Northside.

Between 1963 and 1972 he was one of the frontmen of the Miami Showband (who were later in the headlines due to the Miami Showband killings incident). He had thirteen top ten hits with the Miami Showband, including seven number ones.[3] Dickie Rock and the Miami were the first Irish artists to go straight into the number one spot with "Every Step of the Way" in 1965.[4] During his time with the Miami Showband, Rock attracted the kind of mass hysteria normally reserved for the Beatles.

In 1966, he sang for Ireland in the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest with the song, "Come Back to Stay". He entered as a solo artist and finished fourth in the Contest.[5] This song also became a number one hit in Ireland.

Dickie was the subject of a well-known Irish catchphrase—"spit on me Dickie", the origin of this being that rebellious young women in the 1960s wanted to be covered in his saliva in a manner similar to American women idolising the hips of Elvis. The phrase took off in Belfast in the 1960s and spread all over Ireland.

Solo years[edit]

Rock went solo in 1973, although still performed occasionally with the Miami Showband after this.

Later years[edit]

Rock continues to tour at the age of 75 (2011), after a career spanning more than 40 years. Following a third RTÉ documentary (one in the 1960s, another in the 1980s and another in 2006) about Rock and his place at the forefront of the Irish showband scene, Dickie received a lifetime achievement award in October 2009.

Wikipedia controversy[edit]

In 2008, an anonymous employee of the stricken financial company Anglo Irish Bank made lewd comments about Dickie Rock on this Wikipedia page. The bank launched an investigation into how this had happened and the incident was reported in the Irish media some months later. Rock himself commented on the incident.[6]


  • Irish chart singles
  • 1963 "There's Always Me" (IR #1)
  • 1964 "I'm Yours (#1)
  • 1964 "From the Candy Store On the Corner" (#1)
  • 1965 "Just for Old Time's Sake" (#2)
  • 1965 "Round and Round" (#2)
  • 1965 "Every Step of the Way" (#1)
  • 1965 I Left My Heart in San Francisco (#4)
  • 1965 "Wishing it Was You" (#1)
  • 1966 "Come Back to Stay" (#1)
  • 1966 "Darling I Love You" (#4)
  • 1967 "When You Cry" (#7)
  • 1967 "Baby I'm Your Man" (#13)
  • 1968 "Simon Says" (#1)
  • 1968 "Christmas Time and You" (#10)
  • 1969 "Emily" (#12)
  • 1970 "When My Train Comes In" (#15)
  • 1971 "My Heart Keeps Telling Me" (#7)
  • 1971 "Cathedral in the Pines" (#15)
  • 1972 "Till (Mini Monster)" (#9)
  • 1973 "Last Waltz" (#15) - first solo single
  • 1973 "Maxi single" (#11)
  • 1977 "Back Home Again" (#1)
  • 1978 "It's Almost Like a Song" (#18)
  • 1980 "Coward of the County" (#11)
  • 1982 "When the Swallows Come Back from Capistrano" (#24)
  • 1988 "The Wedding" (#18)
  • 1989 "I'll Never Stop Wanting You" (#10)
  • 1989 "Come Home to Ireland for Christmas" (#25)


Preceded by
Butch Moore
with "Walking the Streets in the Rain"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Sean Dunphy
with "If I Could Choose"