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The Walt Disney Joe Joe Dolan's brother Ben says their song appearing in Cruella film was "total surprise"

"Everybody who has heard about it is absolutely delighted that Joe's music and memory continue to live on"

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Family shocked when Dolan’s hit Good Lookin’ Woman was in new Disney film

Family shocked when Dolan’s hit Good Lookin’ Woman was in new Disney film

Family shocked when Dolan’s hit Good Lookin’ Woman was in new Disney film

Ben Dolan reveals that turning up in a Hollywood movie with his brother Joe has been "a total surprise".

The legendary sax player, who will turn 87 years old this month, plays on the Joe Dolan classic hit, You're Such A Good Looking Woman, which features in the new Cruella film.

Mullingar man Ben, who performed alongside Joe, up to the final show before he died in 2007, at the age of 68, said that his younger brother would have been "thrilled" to be featured in the movie soundtrack alongside the likes of David Bowie, The Clash and Blondie.

"Joe was always a rocker - that's the sort of singer and performer that he was," Ben says.

"His preference would have been the Rolling Stones over The Beatles. There was always that edge to Joe and his music."

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Star Emma Stone and pets in a scene from the new movie

Star Emma Stone and pets in a scene from the new movie

Star Emma Stone and pets in a scene from the new movie

Ben also told how his phone hasn't stopping ringing since news spread about Joe's hit featuring in the $200m ­Disney movie, starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson.

Good Looking Woman can be heard as the Baroness, who is played by Emma Thompson, is preparing for her ­latest fashion show in 1970s ­London.

The familiar horns of Joe's band, including Ben on sax, strike up over the dialogue and blare out its triumphant chorus as the action unfolds.

"We had no contact in ­advance about the song being used in the movie, so jaysus, it was a great surprise," Ben says.

"Everybody who has heard about it is absolutely delighted that Joe's music and memory continue to live on, nearly 14 years after we lost him.

"Fiona Mee - a young woman from Mullingar, whose father, Denis, worked with us - said she was watching Cruella in a cinema in London and she burst into tears when Joe's song came on.

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"Fiona didn't know beforehand that Joe was singing in the movie. Her friend was asking, 'What's wrong?', and she then explained how she knew Joe, as her dad worked with him."

Asked how he felt about being a Hollywood star himself, Ben, whose 87th birthday is this June 17, joked: "My drawing power is getting bigger the older I get."

The Dolan family, featuring Ben and his familyAdrian,Ray and Sandra, still perform as a group and were due to do a show at Joe's favourite Irish venue, The Gleneagle in Killarney, when the pandemic shut down ­entertainment.

"I can't wait to get back on stage performing again," Ben says.

"We'll be going back to Killarney as soon as we get the green light.

"Apart from a back problem, I'm lucky to enjoy good health and the brain is still working. It has taken a pandemic to stop me."

Ben's son, Adrian, who also wrote and produced many of Joe's hit ­records, says that his legendary uncle would have found it difficult to cope with the lockdowns.

"Joe wasn't the sort of man who would handle being cooped up or having to isolate," Adrian says.

"I don't think he ever isolated in his life. Having to stay away from people would have been totally alien to Joe.

"He loved company. Everything about this whole pandemic is the opposite of what Joe was all about, including social distancing.

"However, Joe would have been devastated about people getting sick. I've kept in touch with the fans and a lot of them got sick. Some of them didn't come out of it, sadly, so that was a reality check.

"We lost our good friend Val ­Sheehan, who, of course, was well known as a photographer with the Sunday World.

"Val did the cover of Joe and The Drifters' first album, The ­Answer To Everything, back in 1968, and was a great friend through all the decades that followed.

"I got the Covid myself last October, and my wife, Saundra, ended up on a Covid ward in hospital with it.

"She was struggling with her breathing. Luckily enough she came through it ok. It was scary.

"So, even though it has been ­difficult to cope without shows, we totally understood why the restrictions were necessary.

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Ben Dolan has a laugh with Eddie Rowley

Ben Dolan has a laugh with Eddie Rowley

Ben Dolan has a laugh with Eddie Rowley

"It certainly gave me an understanding of what it's like, and ­empathy for people who have it. Before that, I would have regarded it as a bit of a flu.

"Nobody understands what it does to you in your mind.

"I got scared when I got palpitations, but fortunately my body was able to hit the virus and attack it.

"Luckily my dad, Ben, sailed through it, as did Joe's manager Seamus Casey.

They are still like two young fellas. It must be showbusiness that keeps them so young at heart.

"They are both now getting a great kick out of Good Looking Woman turning up in Cruella - a song they were both involved with back in the early 1970s.

"You couldn't write the script for that," he said.

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