Ray Lynam

Ray Lynam
Born (1951-11-29) 29 November 1951 (age 69)
Moate, Westmeath, Ireland
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments vocals
Years active 1969–present
Associated acts Philomena Begley
Ray Lynam and the Hillbillies

Ray Lynam is an Irish country music singer, born on 29 November 1951 in Moate, Co. Westmeath.[1]


Ray was born in Moate, County Westmeath to Patrick, a baker, and Nora, a shopkeeper. He was one of three sons, his brothers being Padraic and John. His first venture into the music scene was when he played saxophone for a local group "the Merrymen" while still attending the local Carmelite College Secondary School. By 1969 he had joined and was lead singer for the group Ray Lynam and the Hillbillies and had their first Irish Charts success with a cover of the Buck Owens song "Sweet Rosie Jones".[2]

During the Wembley Country Music Festival of 1974, he teamed up with one of Irelands leading female country singers, Philomena Begley and went on to record many hit duets with her,[1] including My Elusive Dreams in 1975.[3]


Lynams singing voice is closely modeled on those American country singers that influenced his early career, such as George Jones and Merle Haggard, rather than the more popular (in Ireland at that time) Country and Irish style. He has had hits on the Irish charts during the 1970s and 1980s with cover versions of some of their well-known tracks including He Stopped Loving Her Today and If We're Not Back in Love by Monday.[1]

Selected discography



  1. ^ a b c "Ray Lynam – Biography & History – AllMusic".
  2. ^ "Ray Lynam – a real country star".
  4. ^ "Hillbillies".

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