Tony O'Malley (musician)

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Tony O'Malley
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Tony O'Malley at The Three Mariners, Faversham in June 2008
Background information
Born (1948-07-15) 15 July 1948 (age 70)
OriginBushey, Hertfordshire, England.
GenresJazz, funk, soul, blues
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Instrumentsvocals, keyboards.
Years active1968 – present
Associated actsKokomo
WebsiteTony O'Malley

Tony O'Malley (born 15 July 1948 in Bushey, Hertfordshire) is a British composer, singer, arranger, and keyboard player. He was the keyboardist for Arrival[1] who had a No. 8 UK hit with "Friends" (written by Terry Reid) in 1970, and the hit "I Will Survive", written and arranged by fellow Arrival member Frank Collins. Following this he became one of the founder members of the british soul band Kokomo.[1][2][3][4] He joined 10cc in 1977,[5] after the departures of Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, and played on their live album, Live and Let Live.[6]

O'Malley lived and worked in Georgia for four years,[7] where he became a national television star, leaving in 2008 for his new domicile, Brussels, and returning to England in 2012.[8] His song, "Hear My Plea", was one of the proposed songs for Georgia's 2009 Eurovision Song Contest entry.[9] He has worked with Pino Palladino, Laurence Cottle, Andy Newmark, Hamish Stuart, Alan Spenner, Jim Mullen, Adam Phillips, Jody Linscott, Ash Soan, Mel Collins, Mark Smith, Mornington Lockett, Jeremy Stacey, Ian Thomas and Neil Hubbard.

In May 2008, O'Malley was part of the reformed Kokomo, with Mel Collins, Neil Hubbard, Mark Smith, Adam Phillips, Andy Hamilton, Bernie Holland, Glen Le Fleur, Paddy McHugh, Dyan Birch and Frank Collins,[2] which also included performances by Eddy Armani and Franke Pharaoh.

O'Malley then formed a band, singing and playing Hammond organ, with Belgian musicians Frank De Ruyter (tenor sax), Patrick Deltenre (guitar), Frédéric Jacquelmin (drums), and the French bassist Thierry Fandant.[3]

The current Tony O'Malley Band is completed by Richie Aikman on guitar, Sonny Winslow on bass and Ally McDougal on drums.[10]

Tony O'Malley is the brother of playwright Mary O'Malley, who wrote the plays Once a Catholic and Oy Vay Maria.


  1. ^ a b "Kokomo", Dinosaurdays. Retrieved 27 January 2014
  2. ^ a b Williams, Richard; "The groove abides",, 19 December 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2014
  3. ^ a b "Les Lundis d'Hortense - Le site - Tony O'Malley". Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Kokomo", Retrieved 27 January 2014
  5. ^ Mann, Ian; "Tony O'Malley Trio...", TheJazzMann. Retrieved 27 January 2014
  6. ^ "10cc Study Guide & Homework Help". Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Tony O’Malley Band", Gazette Live, 14 May 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2014
  8. ^ "Tony O'Malley Trio", Black Mountain Jazz. Retrieved 27 January 2014
  9. ^ Brey, Marco; "Tonight: The Georgian national final - don't miss it!", European Broadcasting Union, 18 February 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2014
  10. ^ "TONY O'MALLEY - About". Retrieved 23 June 2018.

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