Gill Dougherty

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Gill Dougherty
Gill Dougherty, in 1986
Background information
Born 1961
Origin France
Genres Power pop
Years active 1978–1993
Labels Réflexes Pathe Marconi]
Website MySpace
Past members Guitar : Dougherty, Patrick "Kovaslsky" Mir, Alain "Mougeot" Gonzales
Drums :Dominique Dussourd, Eric Pero, Jean Luc Guitar, Frédéric Manetta, Le "Pins", Yves "Petch" Bordes, Zara "Shifters", Alain "Fils de Joie" Gérard, Jean François "Nounours" Romain Jean-Louis "Image" Pujade, Jean Marc Bibron … and many others...
Bass :Richard Arriaga, Bill "Aficionados Bass", Yvon "Outsiders", Armel Urvoas, Jean Marc "Jazbuhl" Leclerc, Christophe "E.T.", Philippe Larrive, Christophe Baqué, Olivier Boumendil ...
Background : Benedicte, Pascale, Patrick Mir, Jean Marc Leclerc, Pascale, Zara, Serge Fobert, Michel Art Mengo, Georges Baux
Brass :Yann Legoff (Sax), Olivier Boumendil (Sax), Serge Casero (Sax)
Keyboards :Georges Baux, Michel Reynal, Michel Art Mengo
Harmonica :Philippe Danecker, Thierry
Production :Georges "Deltour" Baux, Patrice "Reflexes" Fabien (RIP)

Gill Dougherty is a French singer and songwriter, heavily influenced by 70s and 80s rock, who was born April 1961 in Toulouse.

At the end of the seventies, punk rock was sweeping through France and he found inspiration with The Jam, The Clash, Sex Pistols, The B-52's, and The Ramones In France, he found his influences in Bijou, Téléphone and Starshooter. Later, he has also noted Link Wray and Chris Spedding as great influences.


At the beginning[edit]

In 1979 he formed, on an off-chance, his first band " Lipstick " with Olivier Boumendil on bass and Jean Marc Bibron on drums.

Lipstick got its first hit on a local level with the song "Accident" (... The car in front of me just left the roadway, it turned over three times and crashed into the ditch...). There some traces of this sound from his early period during which bands like Classe X, Les Fils de Joie (Sons of Joy) and The Lords also appear . Other early songs of Lipstick are "Jenny", "Ballade Pour Une Bourgeoise", "Despy and Joan", and "Je Ne Veux Plus Te Voir"(I Don't Want to See You Anymore).

1980 : Deltour Productions[edit]


In 1980, Gill Dougherty formed "Incorruptibles" with two ex-members of The Lords. In March 1981, "Les Incorruptibles" drew critical attention to themselves at a concert in Theatre du Taur with songs like "Les Soleils de La Nuit (Suns of The Night)", "Bande Dessinée (Cartoons)", "Dr Jackson"... The story of Incorruptibles, with whom he records three albums with Studio Deltour ("Predestine", "Annabelle" and "Moi je Doute"), ends as quickly as it had begun, and, from 1982 on, Gill performs under his own name and records three albums: "Envie de Tuer"(Need to Kill), "Monsieur Dupond" and "Interdit de Séjour", also under contract with Studio Deltour. At the same time, he appears on stage with Gringos, Evadés d'Alcatraz, Misérables, Classe X, and forms a band with Alain Gerard, previously drummer of Fils de Joie, and Jean Marc Leclerc of Evadé d'Alcatraz on bass.

1984 : Reflexes venture[edit]

Dougherty, on Reflexes Label

En 1984, while flipping through a magazine in hospital, following a motorcycle accident, he comes across an article about the famous song "Tu Verras, Tu Verras"(You Will See, You Will See), by the French band Ablettes, produced by Patrice Fabien for the record label fr:Réflexes. Patrice, who had been a producer with CBS, expressed an interest in the demo of "Moi Je Doute"(I Doubt) from 1981. Gill contacted him and signed with Réflexes for two singles, "Moi Je Doute" and "Fric Frac Noise", also recorded at Studio Deltour. The single rapidly climbed the playlists of the Europe 1, RTL, and France Inter national radio stations. At the time, Gill Dougherty, maintained only tenuous connections with the music business and did not show any will to succeed and lost his chance to produce any follow up to this hit. Nevertheless, he played at the Rose Bonbon with the Bandits, Ich Libido, Follie's, Ricky Amigos, les Les Désaxés(Offsets), and Drucilla, who were all signed to Réflexes. Their drummer is Jean Luc Guitard, and the bass player is Jean Marc Leclerc. The track is recorded a pre-recorded tape of Eddy Mitchell at the Palais des sports where the applause was preserved. The track was mixed in one night at Studio Caroline with Patrick Giordano, the guitarist from the Bandits, but the live recording was never released. In December 1984, he appears at the "Zeleste de Barcelone" concert and makes the cover of the "Avanguardia".

The end of the 80' : the other ones[edit]

In 1985 and 1986, Dougherty had an intensive creative period of writing during which he formed the Vicomtes (Jean Marc Leclerc on bass, Patrick Mir and Yves Bordes of the Partners, on the guitar and on drums, respectively. In that same period he recorded numerous duos "La Femme Araignée" (Spider Woman) with Monique Sabatier of the Queen Bees, "Ne Joue Pas" (Do Not Play) with Caroline, the bass player of the Calamités (available on the Internet) and worked with many other artists like Marie Alcaraz (replaced by Anicée Alvina from Ici Paris (Here is Paris). He also recorded three new over produced albums at Studio Deltour ("La Vie Sans Toi" (Life Without You), "Où Etais Tu"(Where Were You?), "Mais Ne Reviens Jamais"(But Never Come Back)). He also played with the Beach-Brothers, a "one summer" band, and occasionally sat in with the Strikers and the Shifters.

Bound for Glory ! For hobos, the way is always open[edit]

Hobos in Bourges (1990)

In 1989, he formed the Hobos with Dominique Dussoud on drums (Ex Little Helpers), Richard Arriaga on bass, Patrick Mir on guitar (Partners), Yann Legoff on sax and Philippe Danecker on harmonica. They recorded thirteen tracks in one day. On 12 April 1990 at the beginning of a tour with early Zebda, they played at the "Printemps de Bourges" (Spring in Bourges). There also is a tape of this concert available on the Internet.

The Hobos disbanded in 1991. In 1993, Dougherty appeared briefly with the Freaks with Richard Arriaga on bass and Erick Pero (Ex Bus) on drums. 10 March 1994 at the Bikini, he met Link Wray who signed a guitar for him, and authorised, despite the protests of his wife, Olive, to record the concert. This video, if it is of good quality, is a rarity.

New horizons[edit]

Since the early 1990s, Gill Dougherty has seemingly dropped out of the music business. He is a dedicated sailboat enthusiast and lives in the north of Brittany, in the far west of France. Despite his musical silence, he has never turned his back as a collector of guitars. He is well known with his black Fender Stratocaster, but he has also been noted to play Rickenbaker 330, Flying V, Gibson 345, Gibson SG, Explorer, Telecaster, Gretsch 6120, and Danelectros.



Gill Dougherty wrote more than 200 songs

  • Deltour Productions, Producer Georges Baux :
    • 1981 – Moi Je Doute, Predestiné, Annabelle (Incorruptibles)
    • 1982 – Envie de Tuer, Monsieur Dupond, Interdit de Séjour (with Erick Pero, Serge Casero & Serge Faubert)
    • 1984 – Bikini 84 (Dougherty – 8 songs)
      • Toujours Plus Loin, Sans Un Mot, Fat bob Baby, Petit Chat, Sitting Bull...
    • 1986 – La Vie Sans Toi, Mais Ne Reviens Jamais, Où Étais Tu ? (Dougherty)
    • 1989 – Bound for Glory (Hobos – LP 13 songs)
      • Dooggie Bop, La Femme Araignée, The Strike, Quand Tombe la nuit, C'est Tout Ce Qu'Elle Aime, Mais Ne Reviens Jamais, Marina, A Present Je T'Oublie...
    • 1990 – Bourges 90 (Hobos – LP 8 songs)
  • Reflexes – Pathe Marconi, Producer Patrice Fabien :
    • 1984 – Moi Je Doute, Fric Frac Noise (Dougherty)
    • 1984 – Capot Rouge (unissued)
    • 1985 – Réflexes (Compilation)
    • 1985 – Live au Rose Bonbon (Dougherty – LP 10 songs)
      • Envie De Tuer, Sitting Bull, Moi Je Doute, Annabelle, Fric Frac Noise...


  • 1980 – La Voix with Michel Armengo (Art Mengo)
  • 1983 – Les Yeux de la Momie, Hong Kong Folies with the French band Miserables
  • 1985 – Doogie Bop for the radio
  • 1986 – Ne Joue Pas With Caroline Augier of the French girls band The Calamities

On Tour[edit]


Most of Gill Dougherty's songs are original, but sometime, he also played some covers :