Gina, Dale Haze and the Champions

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Gina, Dale Haze and the Champions
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Gina, Dale Haze & The Champions at the Cork Opera House 2012
Background information
Also known as G, D H & C, Gina and the Champions
Origin Cork, Ireland
Genres Pop, MOR
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, guitars, drums
Years active 1973–1992, 2009–present
Labels WEA, Play, Spider, Release, Koffi Records
Website Official site
Past members Gina
Dale Haze
Pat Walshe
Mossey Walshe
Eddie Fitzgerald
Tony Hornibrook

Gina, Dale Haze and the Champions are an Irish pop group who formed in 1973 and remained a successful Chart act for the next two decades. They were one of the most popular club acts in Ireland, playing on the showband circuit until their split in 1992. In 2009 they staged a reunion (with all the original members) and they continue to perform at selected venues around Ireland.

Background[edit]

The group, originally from Cork, consisted of a four-piece backing band (The Champions) and two lead singers (Gina and Dale Haze).[1] Female lead, Gina (real name, Mary Hurley)[2] took the vocal duties on most of the singles, while male lead Dale Haze (real name Jerdie Mackey) provided lead vocals on many songs and released a solo album in 1982.[3] Members of the backing group were Pat Walshe, Mossey Walshe, Eddie Fitzgerald and Tony Hornibrook.

They featured regularly in the Irish charts – their biggest hits including "Minnie Minnie", "Do You Wanna Do It", "You're the Greatest Lover", "Who Do You Wanna Be", "Give Me Back My Love" and "Playing with Fire".[4] They were voted Top Irish Pop Band in a number of voters polls over the period also. Briefly during 1985, they shortened their name to G, D H and C.

The group remained popular on the cabaret circuit and continued to play with the same line-up.[5] In 1992 the group split due to the shift in popularity of the Irish showband genre and concert bookings began to dry up. Gina was also married to member Pat Walshe and after giving birth to her second child suffered post-natal depression and found it difficult to continue.[6] The group never announced a split however and didn't perform a farewell gig.[7] In October 2009, the original line-up reunited for an Irish tour, performing many of their hits. A night at the Cork Opera House was sold out three months in advance. A compilation album The Best of Gina, Dale Haze and the Champions was released to tie in with this. In 2012 they released a new CD "Baby I Love You and re-mastered a number of their earlier hits to produce 3 new CDs.[8]

Selected discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Date Single[9] Irish Charts
[10]
1973 "Paper Mansions" -
1974 "Dreams Are Good Friends" 12
"Single Girl" -
1975 "Minnie Minnie" 5
"Oh! My My" -
1976 "Freedom" -
"Darling Honey" -
1977 "Do You Wanna Do It" 2
"I've Been Waiting for You" 8
1978 "Mary Lou" -
1979 "You're the Greatest Lover" 10
"Saturday Night Disco" -
"Who Do You Wanna Be" 7
1980 "Let There Be Love" -
1981 "Drunken Sailor" 13
"It's a Real Good Feeling" 15
"Give Me Back My Love" 11
1982 "No-One Can Love" -
1983 "More to You Than Meets the Eye" 14
"Maybe Tomorrow" 24
1985 "Playing With Fire" 18
"Don't Talk" -
1986 "I Wanna Live" / "I'm So Sorry" -
"Run Like the Wind" 15
1987 "There's a Kind of Hush" -
1988 "Breakaway" 18
1989 "A Woman in Love" -
1990 "Love Me Tender" 28
1991 "I'm Blue" -
1993 "The Cause of It All" -

NOTE: Last seven singles credited to Gina only

Albums[edit]

  • From the Beginning (1977)
  • Champions Again (1979)
  • Gina Dale Haze and the Champions (1981)
  • G D H and C (1986)
  • Hits and Memories
  • Best of Gina Dale Haze and The Champions (2009)
  • Baby I Love You (2012)
  • Golden Memories Champions Revisited (2012)

Dale Haze also released a solo album in 1982 called A Real Good Feeling

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ian Gallagher. "Gina Dale Haze and the Champions". Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Irish Showbands. "Vocalists index". Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Waterford News, Archives. "Dale Haze". Retrieved 5 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Irish Charts. "Gina Dale Haze and the Champions, Irish Chart discography". Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 
  5. ^ Munster Express. "Cork showbands". Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  6. ^ Independent – After the Burnout
  7. ^ TV3 interview with Gina and Dale Haze, August 2009
  8. ^ Kerryman.ie. "Dancehall favourites to thrill fans again". Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  9. ^ Irish rock – Discography
  10. ^ Irishcharts.ie. "Irish charts searchable database". Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 

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